There are many options and opinions on proper footwear for weight lifting. There are specific shoes made by numerous brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Rogue that cater specifically to the weightlifting crowd. Minimalist shoes, such as Vibrams and New Balance Minimus are of increasing popularity for their “barefoot” feel. Chuck Taylors are another common shoe that is popular due to their hard, flat sole and breathtaking sex appeal. Barefoot is still an option, but that can be left to personal preference and the rules of your gym.
You wear shoes for basketball, hiking, football, baseball, and nearly every other sport, so why not weightlifting? Weightlifting shoes are a great way to not only maximize your time and potential in the gym, but can effectively cure the common butt-wink, or tuck-under. Preventing the tuck is absolutely positively essential to maintaining lower back health if you expect to squat big.
I have worn multiple styles of shoe listed above. I have used(and still do) Chuck Taylors due to their flat sole for deadlifts. I have worn various Nike Free Variations for lifting, as well as gone barefoot. In High School I used Adidas weight lifting shoes during my Olympic lifting competitions and training and was a huge fan of the elevated heel. After training in the shoes mentioned above throughout college I decided to bite the bullet and grab my own pair of weightlifting shoes.
Enter the Rogue Do-Win
The Do-Wins have an elevated 3/4 inch heel, which is somewhat of a middle ground in terms of weight lifting shoes. Some shoes go as high as 1 inch heels or as low as 1/2 inch. I find the heel to be the perfect middle ground. Had I still been interested in competitive Olympic lifting I would look for a higher heel, but since that isn’t the case the 3/4 inch has worked well. These shoes work best for the squat, front squat, cleans, snatches, overhead presses, bench presses,dips, and deadlifts if you choose.
The Do-Wins have a dual strap system in addition to laces. This system works well because you can latch them extremely tight and create an awesome, stiff base, which is the point of a weightlifting shoe. The tighter you can get the shoe the less chance of a power leak while lifting, which is paramount if you’re looking to push some serious weight.
Sizing fit perfectly for me, but measure your feet to be sure. On the Rogue Website it is said the women’s shoes run about 1.5 sizes small, so keep that in mind if you’re in the market.
**Note:If box squats are your thing and you train them as a main movement I would use Chuck Taylors. I don’t recommend Crossfit style workouts, running, performing planks, and jumps with the shoes because this will destroy the stiff platform.
As far as complaints come I don’t have anything of significance regarding the shoe. The laces are a little bit long, but not to the point where I trip on them. Better too long than too short….. right 😉 ?!?!
In all seriousness the Do-Win is a great shoe that provides a snug fit and strong base. If you suffer from “butt-wink” when squatting then this is a great way to prevent it. (You should still work on improving hip mobility and anterior core stability though). I strongly recommend investing the $120 bucks in these shoes if you are serious about improving your weights while preventing butt wink.
Added Bonus: Weightlifting shoes automatically increase your sex appeal. Trust Me!