Which weightlifting shoes are good for bodybuilding?
Here are my picks…
- Under Armor Charged Legend
- Under Armor Limitless 3.0
- Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6
- New Balance Minimus 40
Why I picked these 4 shoes for bodybuilding
- Flat soles for solid support and good transfer of energy to the floor. You don’t want running shoes for body building although you could for most exercises but not squats or deadlifts. Running shoes have a lot of padding in the sole which can make you a little unstable in a heavy lift.
- Good Toe Box space to allow your toes to spread out and not get squeezed together.
- Comfort: descent padding to make them comfortable for short periods of walking or running
- Appearance: look great with any shorts/socks
- Ventilated Upper to keep your feet aerated and cool
- Fit: fits your foot like a glove but not too tight and does not allow your foot to move around.
- Price: $50 – $80
- Good color selection – I like variety
- Non skid rubber soles
I have 2 pairs of the Under Armor Limitless 3.0, one in black and the other in gray. These are my favorites. They fit better than any athletic/crossfit shoe I have tried on. They are great for bodybuilding because they combine comfort and support. They are like combining a weightlifting shoe and a walking shoe. The best of both worlds. I squat and deadlift in them but not heavy.
The Under Armor Charge Legends are more towards a weightlifting or powerlifting shoe. There is less cushion and a little more room for your toes. They look great and fit very well. These are great for bodybuilding and some powerlifting but not Olympic or competition lifting. Don’t plan on walking or running in these for more than 30 minutes. There isn’t much padding and so your feet will hurt after a while. Get the Limitless 3.0 for walking or running plus lifting.
The Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6 are more of a weightlifting, crossfit or powerlifting shoe. These are my favorite shoe for squatting and deadlifting. The stability and support are unlike any other shoe. You can feel the ground underneath your feet and makes you more stable. The Free Trainers have less padding/cushion than the other 2 which is ideal for powerlifting. More energy gets transferred to the floor instead of being absorbed by padding. These are comfortable for lifting but not walking or running for more than 20 minutes or so.
New Balance Minimus 40 Lifting Shoes
I just bought these about 1 month ago and I have to say they are “da bomb”. I loooove these shoes.
I wasn’t shopping for lifting shoes at the time but I ran across these and had to have them. The color combo is unlike any shoe I have seen. It’s the Black/Green color. I bought them online for $119. They’re expensive but they really are fantastic for weight lifting.
I’m not a New Balance person but I have had some in the past. But they were running shoes. I did use they for weight training for a while. I never really cared for New Balance in the past….until now.
The New Balance Minimus 40’s are perfect. There’s room for your feet but not too much. The Toe Box is excellent. It gives your toes room to spread out but not enough that your foot moves inside the shoe. You get great foot support in the arch and heel. Just what you want for squatting and deadlifting. These fit great and look great. It doesn’t get any better than this. These are my favorite weight lifting shoe now.
Check them out here….New Balance Minimus 40 at Amazon.com