Many weightlifters wear regular tennis or running shoes or even go barefoot when it comes time to squat. While we don’t doubt you can push out reps with regular shoes (or no shoes at all), we also believe the right pair of shoes can prove to be a huge asset when you’re squatting and will improve every element of your set, from form and posture to foot perspiration. Because we believe the right pair of shoes is crucial for properly performing squats, we’ve compiled our list of the best shoes to squat in.
Whether you’re a long-time squatter or a beginner, we think our list will help you find the right pair of shoes to help you reach your goals the next time you step in front of the squat rack.
The Powerlift 3 is another great squatting shoe from the folks at Adidas. The construction allows for maximum comfort and breathability, meaning you won’t have to worry about how your feet feel while you’re moving weight. They’re made to help you maintain maximum grip and will provide the stability you need when you’re out on the gym floor.
The synthetic uppers on these shoes help provide support and durability without adding weight or bulk. You’re lifting enough weight when you squat—you don’t need to carry extra weight around the gym on your feet as well!
With all the weight your feet are holding when you squat, you want them to stay comfortable and dry. The air mesh collar, tongue, and lining coupled with the open forefoot structure provide great airflow for your feet.
Cost and Value
Although certain color and size combinations will cost you a pretty penny, this shoe lands in the middle of our price range. If you’re flexible with the color, these are a great bargain!
- Anti-slip rubber outsole
- Mesh and open construction
- Flexible toe for extra comfort
- Removable insole
- Sizes run wide
- Sizes run small
Nordic’s powerlifting shoe is built to give you Olympic-level performance in the gym. Every square inch is designed to provide maximum efficiency when you’re lifting. The raised heel ensures your posture will stay on point during your squats, and the sturdy construction means they’ll last through even the toughest workouts. And considering their price, you can’t afford NOT to try them!
These shoes are designed to give you maximum support and stability on the gym floor. The smooth, anti-slip sole and snug fit will keep you stable and keep your feet from moving while you squat.
No matter how intense your workout is, Nordic guarantees their shoes can handle it. These shoes are built to last, and Nordic is so confident in their durability that they’ll send them to you with a 1-year warranty!
Cost and Value
Nordic powerlifting shoes tie with the ASICS Lift Trainer as the most affordable shoes on our list. They provide Olympic-level performance at an entry-level price: what more could you ask for?
- 1-Year warranty
- For heavy weightlifting
- Raised 1/4″ heel
- Lace and Velco strap closure
- Premium cotton mesh forefoot
- Not suitable for all exercises
The CrossFit Nano 8.0 has a flexible; yet, stable design. Made with the needs of rope climbing in mind; as well as, overall CrossFit demands, the outsole is equipped with RopePro technology. In addition, these shoes have a forefoot cushioning midsole, a Flexweave upper, TPU heel wrap, and wide toe box. And for those minimalists out there, these shoes have a 4-millimeter drop.
Wide Toe Box
These shoes have a wide toe box and, thereby, your toes are given ample room to splay during CrossFit training. Furthermore, the added room can help with those suffering from certain medical conditions, such as bunions and etc.
The traction on this outsole is ideal for those who climb rope during their workouts. Combined with the Flexweave upper, these two elements work in unison, in order to give you the correct amount of both flexibility and grip.
Cost and Value
Midrange is the cost associated with this pair of best Rebook shoes. Moreover, the cost is great when viewing the overall quality of these shoes, as they are built well and made of high-quality material. In other words, this means a great investment for the purchase price.
- RopePro Outsole
- Wide Toe Box; TPU Heel Wrap
- Flexweave Upper
- Forefoot Cushioning Midsole
- 4mm Drop
- Less arch support
- Issues with sizing
This is an Olympic quality lifter that won’t be comfortable for other exercise but is great for squatting and other lifting. With a very stable heel and excellent upper security, your feet will stay planted where you put them through your weight routine.
Reinforced leather toe
You put your feet through a lot while performing squats. You’re asking your heels and forefoot to bear the pressure of not only your own weight but the weights you’re lifting as well. To ensure your toes are protected and that you don’t bust through the front of your shoe, the toe in the Lifter Plus is reinforced with leather.
The lining in this shoe is made of an anti-friction material so that your feet avoid friction burns and blisters while you work hard. Your feet will flatten in the shoe during the squat but these shoes can take the movement without irritating your skin.
Cost and Value
These shoes are priced within the lower range relative to other shoes in the list. Considering the protection they provide, their performance, and the amount of pain and injury they will prevent, they are a real value. They are not for other types of exercise in the gym because of their extreme heel stability which just means they’ll last that much longer in the weight room.
- Rubber sole for traction
- Reinforced leather toe
- Dual hook & loop closure
- U-form technology
- Anti-friction lining
- Sizes run slightly small
The ASICS Lift Trainer is a great entry-level shoe for heavy lifters. It performs as well as more expensive options, but the low cost makes it accessible for those on a tight budget. The construction provides great stability and efficiency while squatting, and they maintain weightlifting standards while sporting a running-shoe appearance. If you’re looking for a good place to start, we think you’ll find it here!
These shoes provide a great cushion, but they don’t do so at the expense of providing a tight fit and great support. And the raised, rigid heel will keep you sure-footed while you lift.
The Lift Trainer from ASICS comes with a padded collar and tongue, GEL rearfoot and forefoot cushioning, and a synthetic and mesh upper to keep your foot comfortable and dry while you work out.
Cost and Value
This shoe is one of the most affordable on our list, but don’t let the low price make you doubt the quality. The Lift Trainer gives you great results without breaking the bank.
- Combination lace and hook-and-loop closure
- Breathable upper
- Padded collar and tongue
- Non-marking, solid rubber outsole
- Rigid heel
- Not suitable for wide feet
- May wear out quickly