Let’s talk shoes. I am sure you have seen some of us don different shoes depending upon the workout and particularly if there is heavier weightlifting going on. So why the different shoes? Because tennis shoes or regular ol’ athletic shoes are designed for shock absorption, comfort and sometimes just for show and none of those things help with lifting heavy weights. First of all, a squishy heel in the shoes give you an unstable surface causing you to lose your balance and it “absorbs” some of the energy being transmitted from your heel to the floor to push yourself back up. (ask an engineer about all that, it’s too much for me to explain) Secondly, the soft, movable sides of an athletic shoe do not give you any lateral stability and can allow you to shift which again can cause you to lose your balance. And I don’t mean fall on your face lose your balance, I mean slight deviations off your center of gravity which can mean the difference between a successful or a failed attempt.
So what shoe? You can go right for a weightlifting shoe which can be quite expensive but worth the money. There are plenty of places that sell them: www.roguefitness.com, www.ristosports.com, www.musclesandcurves.com, www.maxbarbell.com, etc. Keep in mind these shoes will last you years and years if you are not a competitive lifter. The investment is a good one. If you just aren’t ready for that kind of commitment or you really aren’t lifting too heavy yet, try something with a firm sole and not necessarily flat. With deep squats you actually want a little heel to help you with the range of motion necessary for a really low squat.
Some people lift in Chuck Taylors and love them, I have some Addidas that I really like that have a firm sole with a little heel. And some people actually like to lift without shoes. You decide what works for you. On the days where you see a lot of lifting, try a firmer shoe and see if you can feel the difference.
Here are Reviews of various shoes.
10 One Arm Dumbell Snatch (alternate arms)
10 Burpee Box Jumps