Shoes for Weight Training: Choosing the Right Footwear for Your Strength Training Workout

When it comes to fitness apparel, there are three especially important factors: support, comfort and style. You need proper support dependant om the type of workout you’re doing. Of course, you need to be comfortable in what you’re wearing, and your outfit should be suited to the type of workout you’re doing. Obviously parachute pants and a knit sweater isn’t the ideal ensemble for a HIIT session…just sayin’. Also, of course, you should rock your own style and feel good in what you’re wearing. Whatever your personal taste may be, it definitely helps to kick ass during a workout when you feel good about how you look.

Over the years I’ve collected quite a few pieces of fitness apparel, everything from tanks and tees to fitted track pants and shorts. Shoes are definitely one of the most important things you’ll be wearing during your workout. The right shoes will absorb impact during exercise, decreasing the risk of injury, and supporting your feet so you can move freely and make the most of your workout. When it comes to weight lifting, there are definitely different things to consider when shopping for fitness gear, in comparison to what you’d need for a run on the treadmill or sweating out some burpees. In particular, there are three major factors to keep in mind when you’re shopping for shoes:

Proper Fit

This one may seem pretty obvious, but you’d probably be pretty surprised at just how many people are wearing the wrong size shoes. If you’re not sure of your shoe size, get yourself fitted. It’s a 5-minute process and you can even do it yourself, and it’s well worth it. This makes it a ton easier to go shoe shopping and ensures you won’t end up with shoes that are pinching your toes or falling off your feet every time you move.

Good Traction

If there’s one thing you can’t live without during a weight lifting workout, it’s traction. You definitely don’t want to slip while you’re reppin’ your record 310 lbs above your head, so make sure you find a pair of shoes that keep your feet grounded during lifts. No slipping and sliding here, please.

Super Sole

You want the sole of your shoe to be flat and hard. Kind of like how you want your body, am I right? The closer your feet are to the floor (but don’t try lifting barefoot, please) the more stability and control you have during lifts.

Fortunately, there are soooooo many amazing shoes to choose from, so no matter what your budget, style, or size, you can find the perfect shoes for your workout. Once you have the right gear, your workout will be that much more effective, and considering your feet take most of the grunt during any workout, it’s obviously really important to find the right ones. Here are just a few of my top picks.
Adidas Powerlift 2.0
These shoes are one of the best I’ve seen for strength training. Literally built for this purpose, these shoes are ultra-comfortable and definitely super stylish. They feel as close to bare feet as you can get while still offering your feet the protection and support they need for an intense weights session.

Chuck Taylors
I’m not even going to specify a particular model of Chucks, because honestly, I love them all. One of my favourites is the lo-top in black and white, obviously a classic and for good reason. These shoes are a favourite for many people, because they offer all of the key components you’re looking for in a good strength training shoe: a comfortable and supportive fit, good traction, and a thin, flat sole. Not to mention they always look killer.

Nike Free Trainer 3.0
I’m a big fan of the Nike Free line as well. They have some awesome minimalist shoes, perfect for weight training. One of the best things about these shoes is that even with the very low heel, they still offer your feet a ton of cushioning. This stable shoe is comfortable and super flexible, making it perfect not only for lifting weights but also for other forms of exercise like cardio and conditioning.

What are some of your favourite things to rock for your workouts? (I’m always willing to add to my collection if I have to) 😉


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