So you are a serious CrossFitter? You have your boardshorts or lululemon, and your innov-8's (at least until you rope climb in them) but there is one crucial piece of the wardrobe missing. Olympic Weightlifting shoes...
Olympic weightlifting shoes come in a lot of colors and styles and you doubt have seen people putting them on before a lift. Here are the basics. They are a shoes designed specifically for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting providing a stable platform and a raised heel.
Before the invention of these shoes all the clean and Snatch were performed as a split. Staying upright in a heavy front or overhead squat just wasn't going to happen in normal shoes. The raised heel lessens the need for ankle mobility and allows you to stay more upright in a stable position while allowing you to squat deeper at the same time. Want to preview this...through a metal plate under your heel and do a few squats. Feels like cheating right?
Additionally, the shoes provide through a couple of features much more lateral support. Why is this important? Simple, we are always telling you to spread the floor when you squat. This support will give you something to push out against helping to increase the strength of the squat and pull.
So now that you know what they do you need to get a pair and there are a lot of options. They run the gamut and a lot are based on individual factors. Are they good for wide or narrow feet? How serious am I about lifting? Do I want to use these from CrossFit?
Here is the basics
Basic Oly Shoes
Good Olympic lifting shoe. You can't use for CrossFit but for heavy lifts they are fine. You may eventually want to order Crossfit shoes or hybrids
Both of these will probably work for both. The Reebok would be the better choice but run about $60 more.
The Reebok are ok for lifts and ok for CrossFit that doesn't involve running
the Addidas are better for CF and less so for lifting.