Asics Weightlifting Shoes Review 2019

Updated January 11, 2019

In this Asics weightlifting shoes review we’ll demonstrate that, while different, the two shoes are also strikingly similar in the sense that they are both among the top weightlifting shoes available today.

Weightlifting Shoes

Asics Lift Trainer Review


Asics Lift Trainer is the cross training shoe that somehow made the leap into the world of top Olympic weightlifting footwear without breaking a sweat. It’s lightweight construction, classic Oly footwear characteristics and surprising performance make it a weightlifting shoe to be reckoned with. It may not win a slew of styling awards but it’s a genuine alternative to the elite shoes

Build Quality

The Lift Trainer is a well designed platform for serious lifting that features:

  • Synthetic leather upper for superior fit
  • Solid rubber outsoles for traction and durability
  • Raised heel to promote proper positioning
  • DuoMax Support to maximize midsole stability
  • GEL Cushioning to dissipate shock

The high quality construction also promises longevity and while I have not owned my pair of Adidas Adipower weightlifting shoes long enough to know for sure yet, I would be very surprised if they don’t turn out to be one of the most durable pairs that I have owned.


The Lift Trainer is a remarkably comfortable weightlifting shoe featuring:

  • Removable insole
  • Effective ankle support
  • Ample collar and tongue padding
  • Air mesh upper for enhanced breathability


The Lift Trainer provides aggressive weightlifting support in the form of:

  • High-level responsiveness and stability during heavy lifting
  • Raised heel for effective positioning under the weight
  • Rock solid base for upward projection of force
  • Excellent comfort and shock absorption

All around a very functional shoe!

The Other Asics Weightlifting Shoes Review:

Asics 7

strong weight-lift shoes

The Asics 727 is an incongruous presence in the 21st century. One that will likely cause you to conclude that, while space age materials and high tech manufacturing processes are great, maybe something has been lost in the rush to abandon naturaleger materials and handcrafted quality.

The Asics 727 remain the exact same Asics lifting shoes today that they were in the 80s because the powers that be at Asics recognize d they had crafted a winner and never felt the need t o tweak it to reflect changing tastes. Kudos to the m.

Build Quality

The 727 is the Bugatti Veyron of the weightlifting shoe world as far as quality of construction goes and features:

  • Solid wooden heel
  • Double lined suede uppers
  • Genuine rubber sole (nailed on of course)
  • Staggered lacing that eliminates need for tarsal strap


Putting on a pair of these Asics weightlifting shoes generates the sensation of slipping into finely crafted dress shoes. They don’t fall back on layers of foam to achieve comfort because they don ’t have to. Instead they offer:

  • Wide toe box
  • Snug, stable fit
  • Excellent flexibility
  • Customizable sizing


Outstanding performance is the reason the 727 has never been slated for redesign. These shoes provide:

  • Maximum vertical thrust
  • Excellent lateral stability and overall balance
  • Extreme comfort through all phases of lift
  • Peak performance right out of the box

All around a very functional shoe!


Though the basic look of the shoe has not changed since the days of the rotary phonethere are several ways you can customize your 727s(should you be lucky enough to get your hands on apair)

  • Custom colors are available
  • Heel height can be adjusted (+,-) 5mm
  • Your name can be embroidered on the upper
  • Asics trademark striping can also be added if you wish

Some Final Thoughts About the Asics 727

The 727 is only produced in limited runs 4 times a year, which means picking up a pair can be a bit of a challenge. But if you have a chance to get your hands on these Asics lifting shoes, do it. Keep in mind however, that customization can cause the price of the 727 to skyrocket from its already formidable $250 base to as much as $500. In spite of that there are many who believe they’re worth every penny


Asics weightlifting shoes quietly occupy a lofty position in the world of Oly footwear along with other weightlifting shoe brands like Risto Sports or Inov8 (read our reviews for Risto Sports weightlifting shoes and Inov8 weightlifting shoes). Both the Lift Trainer and the 727 demonstrate all the characteristic performance attributes of other elite shoes to go along with superior build quality and comfort. The Lift Trainer also happens to be one of the best values in weightlifting footwear you will find anywhere.

Asics Lift Trainer

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jim roose

My name is Jim Roose. I’m a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I’ve bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that’s done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.


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