Weightlifting shoes are typically designed with a raised heel of 0.5" to 1.5" and one or two metatarsal straps that tighten across the instep of the shoe. The shoes are designed for maximum stability while remaining flexible in the toebox. This allows the lifter to come up on their toes and catch the weight on the ball of their back foot during the "jerk" movement of their lift. The raised heel helps the lifter maintain an upright torso while catching the bar and also allows for a deeper squat under the bar.

There is a pattern of movement involved when you are performing weightlifting exercises such as the Snatch or Clean and Jerk. These exercises require that a great amount of force be exerted from your body and is supporter through the feet. Therefore your feet require proper cushioning and padding in order to manage that force. This will allow you to enjoy full benefits of the exercise and avoid injuries.
 
Why can’t I use regular shoes?
- The main issue when lifting in regular shoes is that they are usually padded on the sole which makes the body ‘sink’ into the shoes when you try to perform our lifts. This will lower your capacity to exert force and press up against the weight because the padding is absorbing lots of tension.

- Another problem is that you have a higher chance of injury due to the instability of in the design of other shoes. An ankle roll when doing heavy weight lifting can be extremely severe. This is because you are normally lifting weights that can cause significant injury if mishandled.

- Weight lighting shoes have a solid flat sole design and less soft cushioned surface, hence, they reduce the chances of ankle rolls and instability issues. Keep the cushioned shoes for activities like running.
 
One of the most essential equipment a lifter should own is a pair of weightlifting shoes.Weighlifting shoes are secure and keeps your foot in place to prevent it from moving. They offer firm contact with the surface and reduce sole compression.
Weightlifting shoes are design from the ground up for the purpose of weightlifting. When you have a shoe that has a singular focus, the end result of a quality product for a deserving sport.
 
Qualities of weightlifting shoes
 
Sole
 
The soles of the best weightlifting shoes should be made using rubber which is perfect for both support and traction purposes. Its important that you feel tightly fixed on the surface with your shoes. If you feel like you are slipping then problems are likely to occur. Most of the best weightlifting shoes also tend to have a flat sole surface. This is a perfect design for the sport because it promotes greater stability.
 
Fit
 
When purchasing weightlifting shoes ensure that you buy ones that suit your body and will allow you to lift the maximum quantity of weight you can achieve. Make sure that the shoes are fitting your body well and that you are comfortable in them for long gym sessions.
 
Heel Support
 
Check the support system the weightlifting shoes offer. Look out for firm heel support that makes you feel sturdy. This is particularly essential if you have weak ankles which tend to roll in or outwards when doing squats. You should get less ankle motion and have the ability to hoist more weight. Also Observe the heel high that is right for you.
 
Weightlifting shoes weight
 
Weightlifting shoe brands offer somewhat different weight so be observant. Expect your typical weight lifting shoe to be heavier than a typical running shoes due to the additional support required. In spite of the heavier weight, the shoes should not be too heavy to limit your movements.

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