best shoes for deadlifting

The best deadlift shoes for a PR

Buying the right deadlift shoes are very important to improving your lifts and progressing. There was a time I thought buying them or squat shoes was a waste of money and time. I soon learned that they have a vast amount of benefits and beneficial to putting more weight on the bar.

There are a few reasons why I wanted to buy a good pair of deadlift shoes. The most important was to reduce injury and gym safety. Think about it, deadlifting in your bare feet at the gym isn’t the safest thing to do.

You’re snatching plates for reps and sets and other gym members are pushing, pulling and moving heavy weight. I’ve never had it happen, but I bet a 45# plate doesn’t feel good when dropped on your feet or toes.

Another thing to consider is germs. Walking around the gym barefooted isn’t the best thing for our health – either. An open sore or scrape on your foot could lead to an infection and worst.

The deadlift is probably one of the most popular and favorite lifts and it’s imperative that you do it safely.

How To Buy Deadlift Shoes:

The most important factor when buying is traction. They have to have a good rubber sole that provides maximum traction. The last thing you want is to have poor footing or traction with pulling the bar full of weight.

Look for shoes that have a sturdy and thin sole with gripping rubber. A good sole with good grip will give you confidence and stability during the lift.

Another important factor to consider when buying deadlifting shoes is ankle and foot support. Get a good shoe that’s high enough to support your ankles.

They should be comfortable and not make your feet hot. There is nothing worst than wearing shoes that don’t have good ventilation. The last thing you want is to have sweaty and slippery feet while deadlifting.

I quickly found out that the most expensive shoes aren’t always the best. Chuck Taylor’s are by far the best deadlift shoes that I’ve worn. They do a good job at keeping your feet flat on the ground and they have great support for your whole foot.

There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by where I don’t have my Chuck’s in the gym bag for squatting and deadlifting.  Asics, Sabo and Adidas also good choices and can be had for a fair price.