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Appropriate footwear in the squat and deadlift may seem like a small detail but it can make the difference in your long term performance. The footwear for each should reflect the movements that are to be performed in order to be able to produce the best results.
Common Mistake, Running Shoes
The common mistake that I note in a lot of casual lifters is that they mistake the running shoe for an appropriate shoe to wear during strength training. While you may be able to get away with this when performing certain exercises, these are not the best for squatting or deadlift in.
In the squat they often offer to much room to wiggle the foot from side to side allows room for the ankle to roll with heavy loads. This “wiggle” room will also lack overall stability to be able to drive out properly. In the running shoe there will also often be too much cushion for shock absorbance. While this is great for running, in squatting this won’t allow you to transfer energy through the shoe properly and take power away from your strength.
In the deadlift, the shoes provide too much height relative to being close to the floor. They will often also include heels which can put you in a further deficit and also pitch you forward. The deadlift should never be pitched forward but should instead allow room to be able to pull back properly.
Personally I squat in Olympic Shoes and while I think they are great, I’m not going to advise dropping some big money on some because the ones worth buying are usually quite expensive. Instead I’ll suggest starting off with ditching the running shoes and investing in a more solid shoe.
Commonly used footwear includes the all time classic “Converse Chuck Taylor” shoe. They provide a great deal of stability on the floor and ankle support. They are also relatively cheap. They don’t however have a heel which can be a problem for some who have ankle mobility issues (this is where Olympic shoes supplement working the problem).
Other shoes of choice include the “Vibrum” variation shoe although they may seem silly to some. However, they do get the job done and I used them long ago for a small period. Can’t say anything terribly bad about them.
Once again the most commonly shoe used for deadlifting is the “Converse Chuck Taylor” shoe. Great support, flat and close to the ground without a heel that would pitch forward or give a big deficit. I still use mine to deadlift in instead of my Olympic shoes which I use for squatting.
An option I’ve seen with other professional lifters is the use of deadlift slippers. These are very thin foot coverings that bring you even closer to the ground. Haven’t tried them yet but I hear they are great.
If I’ve mentioned something you don’t currently have, don’t feel obligated to go out and buy it but it will help if you are looking for that extra push forward. I’m not well versed in Olympic Shoes but the ones I use are the Nike Romaleos II for anyone wondering.
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