As an ardent barefoot and minimalist shoe advocate I am of the throw away or do not buy over engineered and over priced shoes school of thought. For those not into purchasing one of the minimalist shoes or going barefoot in the gym invest in a pair of Aquasocks or other beach shoes which are on blow out this time of year.
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VFFs are da bomb for weights. Wearing "traditional" athletic shoes with the raised heel is akin to squatting in wedge heels.
Before VFFs, people wore Chuck Taylors or army boots.
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I usually go barefoot. If I went to a gym I'd probably wear a running shoe.
I love weight lifting in Vibram VFFs, and barring that, minimalist running shoes. Having less padding means better proprioception and a really solid foot/ground connection. With the VFFs, the toes can be used for stability on squats and deadlifts. Basically, less padding is better, IMO. I wear my NB Minimus shoes to the gym because they're a good compromise for running on the TM without being too padded for weights/kettlebells (and don't look as dorky as VFFs)
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I go barefoot for exercises at home, but wear minimalist "barefoot" shoes at the gym for lifting.
Shoes do provide a more stable platform for lifting, but going barefoot will work your feet and ankle muscles more - especially for single-legged exercises. Minimalist shoes may provide more grip while still working the lower legs/
If you are looking at all-round functional fitness, barefoot is probably the better option. If you are looking at pure thigh strength, then shoes might be preferrable.
If you were constructing the perfect shoe, you'd probably go without the fancy impact absorbing gel stuff - you'd want minimal movement. And possibly steel cap toes?
But this is probably way overthinking things.
Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 9/19/2012 (07:55)
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Hey... I warm up by running so usually have running shoes.
In the free weights area I always squat and dead lift in only my socks.
I used to keep a pair of Chuck Taylors in my gym bag for squats. Do they really make a difference.... I don't know. Maybe a little bit. If you have a pair already, try them out. I may go back to them someday. For now I'm okay with regular cross trainers (Asics in my case).
The weightlifting shoes that you can order I believe are intended for Olympic weightlifting not the powerlifting and weight training type exercises that most of us round here do.
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How important is it to have the proper shoes for weight lifting? Do they affect the performance significantly, e.g. in squats? TIA.
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