Weightlifting is an essential part of any training regiment, and powerlifting has been gaining popularity in recent years. For example, the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal was brought home in 2022 by female powerlifter Hidilyn Diaz, and the sport has exploded in popularity ever since. As important as weightlifting is to any sport, it can be hazardous without the proper gear, and arguably the most important piece of gear is footwear. To lift weights safely you will need a stable base, and to be as close to the ground as possible. With that in mind, we present the Best Weightlifting Shoes available today.
If your weightlifting shoe has too much cushion or is too plush, it will create an unstable foundation for you to stand on while lifting heavy objects. That’s not good. It’s why shoes for weightlifting should be flat, stable and have minimal cushioning, with a wide toe box to allow your toes to splay out. Safety first people.
At WearTesters, we test hundreds of sneakers each year. To put together this list, we found outstanding weightlifting performers that can offer what you need in the gym. We chose highly stable shoes that can grip the floor like no one’s business and remain supportive throughout all lifts. Weightlifting is no easy task for one shoe, but we think you’ll enjoy our picks for the best weightlifting shoes.
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Best Weightlifting Shoes
Nike Metcon 7
The Nike Metcon 7 is excellent for weightlifting and various exercises in the gym. The Metcon 7 has become a staple for gym-goers over the years, and with good reason. It’s an almost perfect shoe for weightlifting. The Nike Metcon 7 provides a stable base and a flexible forefoot. Lifting PR levels of weight is very doable in the Nike Metcon 7. See the full review. Price: $130
Also, don’t be confused by our score. Our score is an overall rating that takes into account things like cushioning. In this case, the lack of cushion is a plus. If you’re looking at it as a cross training shoe for Metcons, CrossFit, and HIIT as well as weightlifting (which is how we typically rate workout shoes), it’s a 7 out of 10. But if you’re looking at it as a weightlifting shoe only, the Metcon 7 is a 10 out of 10.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 4
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 is one of the best options available for heavy lifters. If you’re one to attempt PRs often or want to push yourself to your limits on a regular basis, the TriBase Reign 4 is a good companion. What’s more, is that wide-footers will be happy with how accommodating and well-fitting this shoe is. The TriBase technology works wonderfully to ensure stability. When doing heavy deadlifting, these handled the job well and posed no problems. The grip is also excellent on gym surfaces. One of the best weightlifting shoes out there. See the full review. Price: $120
Under Armour Project Rock 3
The Project Rock 3 features an excellent version of HOVR combined with Under Armour’s TriBase weight lifting set-up, which is stable and solid. Look no further if you are looking for a shoe built for the weight room, some light running, and cardio. The Project Rock 3 checks every box. Versatility is its best asset. See the full review. Price: $140
Reebok Nano X1
The Reebok Nano X1 is technically a CrossFit shoe, which means that it’s designed to handle a wide variety of different moves. Reebok used their split-finger outsole on the Nano X1. Consider it Reebok’s attempt at giving a traditional training shoe the mobility of a five-toe shoe. The Nano X1 outsole is split in the forefoot enough to allow each toe area to grip the floor independently. The Nano X1 is an excellent shoe for the gym. See the full review. Price: $130
GORUCK Ballistic Trainer
The GORUCK Ballistic Trainer’s upper uses a ballistic Cordura mesh which is soft and flexible. The Ballistic Trainer features Gradient Density EVA foam for the cushion, which means the shoe is more cushioned in the forefoot. At the same time, the heel is more dense and stiff, creating a stable platform while lifting. The traction is also a highlight. The outsole uses three different rubbers. Remember, the GORUCK Ballistic Trainer fits longer than other training shoes, so make sure to go down half a size from your typical shoe size. Read the full review. Price: $125
Converse All Star
The Converse All-Star is a timeless piece of footwear history. It started as basketball shoes in the era of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain and has evolved into an everyday casual shoe. What a lot of people have discovered, however, is that they’re great for weightlifting. The flat base and lack of cushion make these shoes as stable as any shoe. You should be fine if you don’t mind the hard-toe cap. Price: $60
The Nike Blazer looks similar to the shoe just above, but there are key differences. One of the most obvious ones is the material used for the upper. Most pairs are made of leather, which is more durable and supportive. There are also suede hits on some colorways. The cushion is the same as the All-Star: none. It’s as flat as a shoe can get. Regardless, you’ll find it being used in gyms all over the world for its mix of style and ground feel. Price: $105
Vivobarefoot Magna FG
If you’re interested in reaching for a zero-drop weight lifting shoe, this is one of the best and most versatile options on the market. The Magna FG features excellent materials and some grippy traction. Zero drop shoes do take some getting used to, though, so keep that in mind before you decide on your purchase. See the full review. Price: $190
Best Budget Weightlifting Shoes
Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3
The Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 is a good option for those on a budget. It features Nike’s Renew foam, though it’s implemented differently here than most. There is no dual-density foam, which is good because that ensures continuity and lessens instability. The traction is also thick, so these will last you a while. The drop isn’t an issue because you sit slightly down inside the midsole and won’t feel like you’re being pushed to the forefoot with an elevated heel. See the full review. Price: $75
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