So what are good squatting shoes?
…basically anything that is relatively flat without a lot of cushion.
…Converse sneakers are popular at the LA Fitness that I go to.
…so are Nike Metcon and Nike Free Trainer 5.0 – I wear both of these. They are great for squatting and deadlifting.
Nike Metcon 3/4 Benefits
- Solid flat sole – maximum support for stability and transfer of force to the floor. Rubber/soft cushion soles absorb pressure or force which reduces the force transfered to the floor. Result: you lift less. Not good.
- Roomy toe box – plenty of room for your toes to spread out. Most sneakers squeeze your toes together. Not good
- Wide sole – provides maximum stability and force transfer to the floor. Result: you lift more
- Breathable Upper – helps your feet breath and stay comfortable.
Nike Metcon 3 Reviews
“Hubby has had both of the previous versions of this shoe and no longer wears Nanos. He says that the biggest difference for him is the Flywire – it allows him to tighten the shoe all the way around the foot for a more customized fit while still leaving plenty of room in the toe box. We originally purchased the yellow and grey and are exchanging them for another color – the colors of the shoe itself are fine, but he doesn’t like the paint splatter look. I attached a closeup pic of the splatter, since it’s hard to really see it without zooming way in on the item pic. This is not the fault of the manufacturer or seller and doesn’t affect the shoe rating, just a matter of personal preference!”
“This is my go-to gym shoe. Sole is flat, grippy and hard, perfect for those leg squat exercises. Not much cushioning going on, but that is a plus. Breathes well in hot climate (Thailand). The rubber sole grips seriously well, and the sole wraps on the inner side of the shoe allows it to climb gym ropes with ease.
I spent 24 hours straight field testing on a 40kg tire dragging, 24 hours non-stop race. No blisters. Has high friction coefficient.
Lasts 10 – 15 minutes on the treadmill before you start wishing you brought your running shoes. But this is not what it is designed for.”
“GREAT SHOES! I wear a womens size 11 but prefer the width of the men’s. These are awesome! They make a HUGE difference with working on my dead lifts then i can go straight to running! I would not use these as a long distance run shoe but I really do like these!”
“Amazing shoes! I started CrossFit about 9 months ago and love it but needed something better than the Brooks Beast for lifting and squatting. In the brooks I felt unstable, in these MetCon 3’s I feel super planted to the ground which lets me lift and perform better! Highly recommend, I will probably get another pair in a different color.”