The whole purpose of this post is to give beginners an idea of where to start when it comes to weightlifting shoes. There are so many shoes out there that for a newcomer it can be EXTREMELY difficult to tell what they need or don’t need.

Marketing can make shoes look good for a job that they really weren’t designed to do in the first place. For example, a lot of CrossFit shoes are purely for crossfit. They wouldn’t make good weightlifting shoes anyways, but are often promoted as such.

For a beginner, I would recommend staying under the $100 dollar price range unless you have the budget to do so. Why? You can get a FANTASTIC shoe for this without breaking the bank, so why do it. is a great site that has a ton of reviews on different shoes that you can check out as well.

The biggest thing I want you to pay attention to is the heel of the shoe. A tall heel (.5 inches or higher) will be great for squats and olympic lifts, but may hinder you on the deadlift where a flatter sole is more ideal.

For this you can check out the following models of shoes:


The VS Athletics

Powerlift 2

Adidas Powerlifts

I think either of these shoes would be a GREAT shoe for a beginner weightlifter looking to learn the ropes. The VS athletics are obviously a little bit more olympic lift inclined, so you if you want to practice those I highly suggest going with them.

The Powerlift 2.0 is a more general shoe that will serve the average gym goer better in my opinion as the heel height is significantly lower, but still beneficial for squats.

You don’t have to spend much money to get a kickass shoe for the gym!