Best High Top Weightlifting Shoe
Say “high tops” to weightlifters of any age and they’ll no doubt think of Converse Chuck Taylors; such is the reputation and influence that shoe has achieved since its introduction waaay back when. But there’s more to high top weightlifting shoes than any single brand and recent advances in materials and design have provided high top fans with a plethora of effective, attractive choices. Here we’ll select our favorite from among three top quality shoes.
Our 3 Best High Top Weightlifting Shoes
There are two main functions powerlifting shoes must fulfill. First, upward force must be effectively transferred through them to the lifting platform. And second, they must help you maintain control of your feet throughout the lift; which is done largely through lateral support. Some lifters require extra support for their ankles as well. High top lifting shoes can provide that additional support. Here are three that do so effectively.
The Reebok Men’s Lifter PR Cross Trainer delivers the ideal platform for lifting in the gym. A heat activated foot wrap molds to you for a customized fit with absolutely no break-in time. Reebok’s trademark high build quality is evident throughout and produces enhanced stability from ankle to sole where a multi-surface grip pattern allows you to dig into any surface. Other features include:
- Rubber outsole
- Excellent lateral support
- Anti-friction lining to mitigate heat generation within the shoe
- Dual hook and loop closures on this shoe ensure that you get a very secure foot hold.
Sabo deadlift shoes have also proven their mettle during squats and for 2015 feature an array of technical enhancements. Their high cut provides additional ankle support during extreme lifts and their robust metatarsal strap will keep you glued to the floor where you want to be. Sabo has decided to keep the entire focus of the shoe on powerlifting and as a result has produced one of the best shoes on the market for that particular purpose. Features include:
- Reinforced eyelets
- Lateral strapping for precise fit
- Side reinforcements prevent rollouts
- High density, non-compressible outsole
The Titan Olympian was recently redesigned and now sports the wider toe box that is becoming increasingly popular among Oly lifters who believe it provides for more natural forefoot behavior when under extreme pressure. Visually the shoe retains the simple, all-business design ethos of earlier models which many traditionalists will no doubt appreciate. At $250 you would expect a shoe that delivers outstanding performance and the Olympian is surely that. Key features include:
- Zero drop sole
- Enhanced arch support
- Real leather upper and Cambrelle lining
- Sockliner made of high-density materials
Our Favorite for Best High Top Powerlifting Shoes
Nordic Lifting Men’s Powerlifting Shoes provide you with a smooth anti-grip sole that allows you to remain stable during every phase of the exercise. The snug fit of this shoe restricts your feet from unnecessary movement. The shoe features a raised heel that ensures that you stand more upright. As a result, you n more accurately direct your lifting force where it needs to go.
The Nordic Lifting Men’s Powerlifting Shoes provides you with a sturdy velcro strap long with excellent stitching and lacing. As a result, the shoe will remain intact even when under immense pressure for extended periods of time. Open forefoot premium quality mesh allow for breathability and moisture wicking. The reinforced stitching, velcro strap provides long lasting durability and optimal lifting stability.
You may wonder why after the build-up we neglected to include Chuck Taylors on our list of the top 3 weightlifting high top shoes. The reason is that this venerable workhorse has simply been outclassed by many of today’s other high tops. However, it remains highly functional and you can’t go wrong with the price so we’re sure this classic will continue to have its supporters for many years to come.
High top lifting shoes are not everyone’s cup of tea but not everyone’s skeletal structure is the same. Some folks simply need an added element of ankle support in order to safely and securely achieve their lifting goals. While we have determined our choice for best high top powerlifting shoes in this review, any of the shoes listed here will in fact do a fine job and which one you choose will be subject as much to your budget and taste as anything else.
If you would like to learn more about different types of weightlifting shoes currently on the market, check out this article where we do a comprehensive breakdown. We answer any question you could possibly dream up. Other great brand of weightlifting shoes are Otomix and VS Athletics. You can read our reviews for those brands here and here. I highly recommend reading these articles for more information.
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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