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    Merciless is offline Fourth Set
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    Cross Training Shoes

    I am looking for a decent pair of Cross Training Shoes, primarily for weight lifting. I have running shoes, wrestling shoes, and all the other shoes I need for my other sports...but I don't have a pair for weight lifting. Currently I just use my Adidas whites for lifting. I see it as a problem for my lower workouts because I do alot of different types of movements (such as explosive, power, speed, reg, etc.) and want a more athletic shoe for them.

    I was wondering what type of shoe you guys would reccomend for me. I was looking at a few pairs of Nikes, like ****'s Sporting Goods - Cross Training Shoes Mens: NikeFree 5.0 V2 Men's Training Shoe - Gray/Black/Blue/Yellow
    but I was doing a search for them on the Nike site and found sick black ones, but they said on the Nike site that they are running shoes...so Idk.

    I need something with somewhat of a flat sole (not like a wrestling shoe, but something to keep me stable enough for lifts) that is a low cut that can allow me full ROM while still giving me support.

    Thanks to anyone who can help =]

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    LeiYunFat is offline We are all one
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    Nike Frees are running shoes, but they simulate being barefoot, which is something that you want for the gym.

    Wrestling shoes are actually already good shoes for the weight room, but if you don't want the ankle support, frees or low cut chucks are a good idea.

    I have a pair of Frees which I got off eBay for 65 bucks. The retail is around 85...pretty pricey. Low cut chucks or high cut chucks will run about 25 or 30 bucks. As far as the quality of the Frees, I like em a lot. They are well ventillated, and make me feel as close as i can to barefoot while wearing shoes. But if your weight room allows shoeless, just do that. It's cheap and it feels good. The reason I got frees was because I wanted a shoe that would be just as good for plyos or running/hopping as it would be for squatting or deading. Low cut chucks or nike frees are the way to go, for us lifters who aren't yet yolked and don't need ankle support because we don't squat or dead 31904857345 lbs.

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    a running shoe to use in the gym? must be some weird running shoe. Converse shoes are a cheap alternative if you want something to use while PLing. you generally don't want an elevated heel, unless it's for oly stuff..

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    I am still looking around, because I do a mix of things. I do want a sort of athletic shoe, not just a flat chucks. Though, there was an 18 year old from a place about an hour away from me at the New England Powerlifting Meet that got a triple bodyweight squat (198/600) that went to nationals...he wore old chucks to the meet.

    Lift wise I do everything- power/hang cleans, squats, deads, box jumps, push presses, bulgarian split squats, split stance DB PP, etc. Theres more that my coach adds in during PL season that I don't do on my own that require athletics. So I'm unsure if I want just flat chucks, or a more athletic shoe...because I don't want the heel too elevated like you said Karky, but I do want an athletic shoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeiYunFat View Post
    we don't squat or dead 31904857345 lbs.
    At least not yet, Lei =P

    I think my weight room does allow socks only, no barefoot, but I want something with more of a grip, because you know when you're beasting a workout and you sweat alot, I don't think doing jumps and push presses and all that would be too...smart lol. I don't wanna be doing something with overhead weight and slipping o_O

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    I wear chuck taylor high tops on lower body day. nice flat foot instead of a wickedly thick heel, makes deadlifts and squats feel natural, like I don't have to lean as much to hold my balance cuz the shoes aren't pitching me forward.

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    LeiYunFat is offline We are all one
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    Nike Frees have heels that are only slightly elevated. I couldn't tell to be honest, until I read that they were. And this was back when I was making the transition from barefoot to Frees.

    Nike Frees come with a 5.0 cushion and a 4.5 cushion. The 5.0 has thicker padding than the 4.5, which is essentially nothing. I use the 4.5.

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    There are cross trainer nike frees though, I have a pair of Nike Free 7.0 with lateral support and they are one of the best pairs of shoes I have ever had. I have gone through two pairs though. I dont think they stand up for durability like other shoes but then again I do alot or racquet sports soccer and off road running.

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