Group Forum: Cross training/Weight lifting shoes? Anyone use them?

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Joined: Apr 12
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Posted: 08 May 2016, 19:26
I got a $100 gift card on my birthday and of course started to see what else I could get for the gym...

Any of you folks wear special weight training shoes? They usually have lower heels and more support with both laces and velcro straps.
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Posted: 18 May 2016, 15:08
I use Adidas Powerlift 2.0 shoes for squat and bench. They have a raised heel and a solid sole which helps a ton with balance and depth. For deadlifts I wear Chuck Taylor style shoes for the flat sole. For everything else I wear Adidas cross trainers, they still have a raised heel, but a soft sole.

For someone who doesn't powerlift I would highly recommend a pair of cross training shoes for doing weight and mobility training.

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Posted: 18 May 2016, 20:40
Thanks for the information, Chadlius88 - obviously I do not powerlift like you! I have noticed differences with the four pair of shoes I rotate for use at the gym. I have a flatter pair (not running shoes) that do help with balance on deadlifts - this is why I asked the question.
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.

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Posted: 05 Nov 2016, 06:18
I wear foot gloves (toe shoes). I was born with a deformed pelvis that cause my legs to be in turned and the left hip is 9mm higher then the right. I had problems with ankle instability and I would tear out the outsides of regular sneakers after a few months. I read about foot gloves in Born To Run and bought a pair of skeletoes in 2012. They have solved most of my problems with my feet and legs. Knee pain etc. I mostly wear Vibrams now with a pair of Adidas aquatrainers as "dress shoes". Also I have Body Glove water shoes I wore when I did water aerobics and boating. They have drain holes in the soles and dry very quickly. In the gym I wear a pair of Vibrams that are practically ballerina slippers. They allow me extreme flexibility while working my calves. I do not run and use machines for my aerobics.

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Posted: 05 Nov 2016, 06:23
Joined because I really wanted to comment here about those toe shoes. Years back I was a faithful runner. 3 miles per day, every day. I started feeling pain during my run, like something in my shoe, but it was in my foot. I had developed Morton's Neuroma and just couldn't run anymore without pain. I couldn't even walk 40 minutes without terrible pain. I went to the podiatrist got shots in my foot, B12, Cortizone, couldn't afford the custom orthotics, etc etc. Ultimately, in the end.. .my 'cure' was those toe shoes. Man.... like a miracle.. lol.. I thought they were SOOO ugly... I only tried them on because I was at the store to get some sneaks and they were there... and they fit, as you say, like a glove and give SO much freedom. I HAD to buy them... and it was the best thing that happened for my feet... Its like I have 'normal' feet again. I almost never need shots anymore and can run again.

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