Do-Win weight training shoes 'Gong Lu II' (Power), UK 15, Navy / Silver

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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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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
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  • ASIN: B009M26NN0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Oct. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,767 in Shoes & Bags (See Top 100 in Shoes & Bags)

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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***


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Size: 10 UK Verified Purchase
I'm switching from a powerlifiting style routine to olympic lifts. I've not used them for many sessions so far but I thought there's been enough of a difference to comment on to be worthy of a review.

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.
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Size: 9.5 UK Verified Purchase
I do Crossfit including specific Olympic Lifting classes so I spent a bit of time looking at the different lifting shoe options - Do-Win and Adidas as well as the crossfit specific lifting shoes from Reebok and Inov-8.

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.
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Size: 10 UK Verified Purchase
Nice fitting shoes. On first wearing I though I was wearing bowling shoes but the shiny look.

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.
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Size: 11.5 UK Verified Purchase
For the price these are pretty good value Oly shoes. They are sized larger. I'm a UK 12 and got a 11.5 which is still a little bit roomy. An 11 would be better.
They are well made and give the required stability and support.
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Size: 12 UK Verified Purchase
Shoes arrived promptly, the heel feels smaller than I was expecting (I was using a 2.5kg plate before this) but my squats feel very stable in these shoes. I went with the advice of getting a half size under but I don't think it is necessary if you have wide feet like myself. I normally wear a 12.5 and these 12s are too tight to be honest. Still I won't return them because the tightness doesn't mess with my squat, if anything it makes me feel more secure. Final trouble with the shoe is that they are so shiny and look like bowling shoes, Perhaps I should've gone with white or just manned up and gone with the ridiculous green colour. However in general I still think this product is worthy of 5 starts. The price, the quality and delivery time make up for the things I've complained about
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Size: 10 UK Verified Purchase
I have yet to actually wear these will lifting, but I thought I would leave immediate feedback. Will update this when I've got some use out of them as well.

Fit:
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.

Quality issues:
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.

Aesthetics:
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.
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