So you've finally been convinced to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes. But how do you decide which ones?
The Sturdy Shoe: Nike Romaleos 2
Nike do everything well don't they? The Nike Romaleos 2 will add significant stability while looking extremely cool at the same time. If you roll your ankles or collapse your knees when squatting then this is the perfect shoe for you. Nike shoes come a little wider than normal and the entry price is £175 or $200 - so you better be convinced you need them. But if you lift regularly - at least twice a week - then these are certainly worth it.
The Professional Shoe: Adidas adiPower
Adidas have always made a professional quality weightlifting shoe and the adiPower is their flagship product. It is sturdy yet flexible and the professional build will set you back £175-$200. These shoes are similar to the Nike Romaleos 2 in terms of overall quality but slightly slimmer in width. Watch out for the Adidas Leistung - it looks set to usurp the adiPower in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Recreational Shoe: Adidas Powerlift 2.0
The Adidas Powerlift 2.0 is a useful entry level weightlifting shoe, giving you the general idea without breaking the bank at £75. It is very stiff though, so be prepared for a long breaking-in period. In our opinion these are the best looking weightlifting shoes in the market.
The Einstein Shoe: Adidas Leistung
Einstein was not a looker but he was a genius and in the same vein the Adidas Leistung might be the smartest weightlifting shoe ever made. With superior height and great stability wrapped in lightweight material, you will lift more with these shoes. But it's a shame Adidas got the aesthetics so wrong! Some people might love the way they look but there is something not quite right about the Leistung. If you can get over the design, are a serious weight lifter and have a big budget, then you must buy this shoe right now. This ultra expensive release looks set to be Adidas' new flagship weightlifting shoe and will no doubt be front-and-center during the 2016 Olympics.
The Versatile Shoe: Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus 2.0
With some of the craziest styles available, the Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus 2.0 (what a mouthful) is a versatile shoe built specifically for CrossFit (no way!) Our only reservation is that if you are buying a lifting shoe for compound lifting, then you should buy a weightlifting shoe that is designed to help you shift weight, rather than one that you can do box jumps in. The Reebok shoe's greatest asset - flexibility - is probably its biggest flaw when it comes to lifting big.
The Featherweight Shoe: Inov-8 Fastlift 335
Inov-8 have created the lightest weightlifting shoe on the market. The Fastlift 335 is designed for WODs, but curiously many find it to be quite painful when running or jumping. Coupled with the low heel-height, there are better choices out there. However, if you want an entry-level shoe that looks good at a reasonable £70 price tag - then the Inov-8 Fastlift 335 might be for you.
The Bland Shoe: Inov-8 Fastlift 370
Inov-8's weightlifting shoe naming system reflects the weight of the shoe, so these shoes and the 335s above are pretty damn light. Similar to the 335, we highlighted these as they are a little better and also feature the new Boa Closure System for a tighter fit than old fashioned shoe laces. There are two flaws though - the plain, single-colour design and the outrageous price. Daylight robbery, yes.
The Value Shoe: More Mile More Lift
Cheap can be such a dirty word but not here - the More Mile More Lift weightlifting shoe is the best value option on the market. With a very high 2.5cm heel and sturdy sole, you will definitely lift more with these shoes. We don't like the look of them, but for a mere £30 we wouldn't blame you for being interested.