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- Olympic lifting shoe with solid wooden heel wedge
- non-slip rubber outsole
- Outer Material: Synthetic
- Inner Material: Polyester
- Sole: non-slip rubber
- Closure: lace up, velcro fastening strap
- Heel Height: 2.5 centimetres
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A specialist shoe for weight, power, resistance, fitness training. A non-slip rubber outsole and wooden heel wedge provides a stable lifting platform for all weightlifters and all power athletes who spend considerable time in the gym. Additional velcro fastening for extra stability. ****** WHY WEIGHTLIFTING SHOES? ******* (taken from web at dynamic-eleiko com) It is common knowledge that an athlete's apparel varies according to the sport. This is especially true for shoes. For instance, in Track and Field, the design and function of the athlete's shoes for each event vary according to the specifics of the activity. A distance runner would not wear a sprinter's shoes for the 10,000 meter event and vice versa; yet both are running events. **** Weightlifters realized a shoe with a raised heel to allow the "flat footed" tilting of the shin was required: The raised heel facilitates the "flat footed" bending of the ankle joint and at the same time a fuller extension of the muscles of the lower extremities. The weightlifter simply moves his feet to the side and fully bends the knees, hips, and ankles to squat down under and "receive" the barbell at the chest for the clean or overhead for the snatch for the squat style technique. It is necessary to keep the front foot flat on the floor in the "deep split" style of descending under the barbell; also to rest both feet flat on the floor in the deep squat style technique. The weightlifter can lose balance very easily if the heels rise from the floor in the deep squat position. A shoe with a raised heel allows the weightlifter to squat down with a reasonably vertical trunk which requires fully bending the knees and tilting the shins forward; with the feet resting flat on the floor. *** NB sizes are marked as US, but are the equivalent of UK sizes***
Top Customer Reviews
I used to train in steeltoe-cap work boots; a more economic alternative to proper weight lifting shoes because my part-time work involved some moderate lifting of equipment. Though they did the job adequately, I felt restricted when doing squats and cleans in particular. The Do-wins combat this by giving you enough freedom near the shin of your foot but its strap gives you sturdy support from the midfoot to the toes. They've been great to squat and clean in, comfortable but sturdy. I was prepared to take a risk on these rather than the Adidas power perfect, because I didn't want to be paying extra for the brand.
I was wary of sizing because of another review. I still ordered a size 10 (I'm size 10 but I have wider feet so sometimes an 11), and they fit fine. Build quality is very good. I was dubious when I ordered it because I'd initially wanted to go for one with a wooden heel wedge but they weren't available in my size. I know a lot of the professional lifters at my club swear by pro perfects or the adipower; but I'm still an improver and feel training and technique is far important at my level than equipment. Safety and performance wise they've done the job so far to a great standard.
Also, very very quick delivery: it arrived the next day! (recorded delivery so you'll need to sign for it); but if I did have any sizing problems I'm glad I would know asap.
In the end I decided I just needed a solid traditional lifting shoe for olympic lifts, strength work as well as some WODs with no running or jumping etc (e.g. Fran). I'd rather that than the sort of halfway house that the crossfit lifting shoes represent - didn't fancy running around or doing box jumps with a big solid heel anyway. I went for the Do-Wins as they were good value, have a good pedigree in terms of olympic athletes using them, and they aren't the same Adidas ones as everybody else at my box has!
The shoes are reasonably well finished, very shiny and fit snugly and securely - I ordered .5 size down (9.5 I normally wear a 10).
I tried them on at home and felt totally connected to the floor - the soles are completely solid and very grippy. I tried out a few air squats as well as pistols which were way easier than normal in these.
Took them with me to the box this morning and lo and behold we had 5 sets of 5 back squats programmed in the strength section. The shoes felt awesome and I managed 10kg more than my previous pb for 5 only a month ago. So I'm very impressed with these! Early days on the quality front but I'll only be wearing them indoors and I reckon they'll fare just fine.
Try squatting and it becomes very clear how good they are. If you tend to lean forwards, these almost pin you down, odd but great.
If you like squatting get these, decent price. Nike & Adidas were much more expensive. Ok for deadlifting too.
They are well made and give the required stability and support.
I would say get a .5 size smaller than your normal size. I originally got 10s, which are my normal size, and they were just a bit too large - they didn't fully 'hug' the foot and there was a good 2cm of space in the toe cap before it reached my big toe. Thankfully the bugsports guys were really good about replacing them (sent them out the same day, since I provided proof of postage), and the 9.5s I got fit a lot better.
In terms of how they feel, once I got the right size the shoes fit like a glove. The shoes are surprisingly comfortable, but at the same time feel very sturdy and supportive when fully laced up. You feel rooted into the ground.
Its obvious that there was a little care lacking when the shoes were being manufactured. Nothing that obviously compromises their main purpose of being a stable shoe for weightlifting, but little things. The insole of my left shoe is a few mm to the right of where it should be, leaving a gap. Small bits of trim appear rough and unfinished. There is also a slight (2mm or so) extra bulge of sole at the front of the left shoe.
Again, nothing major, and I think they will do their job well, but worth considering if you are a quality person. Personally I feel like its a fair balance for the price.
The material of the top of the shoe is a navy plastic-leather and is somewhat shiny. I'd honestly feel a teensy bit embarassed wearing these anywhere but the gym. Not a major issue, since they are shoes for a function, but if your sartorial elegance concerns you at the gym its worth considering.
I'll update this when I've got some use out of them and see how they've faired.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Title says it all. This is the last time I buy shoes online, even if they are as high end as these.Published 9 months ago by Amar
bit pricey but you get what you pay for and the quality is very highPublished 11 months ago by M. Szlas
I'm a size 8 orders a 7.5 for a more snug fit , they fit perfectly, quality shoe good companyPublished 15 months ago by mr l r honormand
all you could want if you want stability and security i dident give 5 stars because i couldent get the requested colour which is minorPublished 21 months ago by robert
Very good lifting shoes and are a cheaper alternative to more expensive brands and make lifting easier, the only problem is they are massivePublished on 17 July 2014 by Eddie Drake