But for seasoned lifters who have experienced the difference a pair of squat shoes can make to their weight training, the choice to invest in a pair quickly becomes a no-brainer.
The Benefits of Lifting Shoes
They Correct Posture
One of the most common causes of injury within the world of weight lifting is poor posture. When putting the body under such intense pressure, even a slight imbalance can place excessive force on muscles, tendons, bones and joints.
With the right pair of squatting shoes, however, will provide stability, ensuring that the body has the support it needs in all the right locations. This makes it easier to maintain proper posture and form.
They Increase Power
The most distinct characteristic of squat shoes is their hard, flat heels. In other sports like running it can be beneficial to have a softer sole, as it lessens the impact on the knees and acts as a shock absorber.
But when it comes to lifting weights, a soft sole can actually work against the athlete.
Instead, powerlifting shoes are intentionally designed with tough, flat soles, because they make it easier to exert energy, ensuring that all force is delivered directly from the foot into the ground.
They Enhance Safety
When your body is hoisting up hundreds of pounds, the slightest slip of the foot can result in a serious injury. This is why squatting shoes are deliberately designed to offer increased ankle mobility, support and an incomparable grip. After all, there is nothing a powerlifter wants to avoid more than an ankle joint injury.
What to Look for in a Weightlifting Shoe
Weightlifting shoes come in a range of styles, from an even greater number of brands. But there are several features that all of the best lifting shoes have in common.
If you have made the decision to invest in a pair of high-quality squatting shoes, we recommend keeping an eye out for these specifications:
A flat, even sole
No pain, discomfort, tingling or numbness when you wear the shoe
A snug, but not restrictive, overall fit that enhances your overall range of motion
Anti-slip bottoms for added traction
What Makes Ryderwear the Right Choice?
At Ryderwear, we pride ourselves on producing some of the highest quality lifting shoes available on the market today.
As athletes ourselves, we understand the importance of providing a footwear solution that lives up to the hype, which is why quality, practicality and perfection remain our primary focuses throughout every stage of our manufacturing process.
When our customers purchase Ryderwear lifting shoes, they know they are buying a product that has been made by athletes, for athletes. Our dedication to providing solutions that work to passionate powerlifters around the world comes through in the details of our shoes— and we couldn’t be more proud of the positive response we have received!
Ryderwear's D-MAK Weightlifting Shoe Range
The Ryderwear D-Mak lifting shoe has quite the reputation— they have been used and endorsed by prominent powerlifters like Kai Greene, Sadic Hadzovic, Big Ramy, Ulisses Jr. and Mike Rashid.
As our original design, and the first squatting shoe Ryderwear released, the D-Mak has quickly become a classic, trusted by athletic professionals for their sturdy build, durability, and solid, flat sole that provides superior stability.
The intelligent and meticulous design of our D-Mak’s has led to many lifters touting them as the best shoes for bodybuilding available on the market today.
Check out what a few of our valued customers have said about the D-Mak:
In addition to the unparalleled support and stamina the D-Mak offers, they are also strikingly stylish with patent leather backs, microfibre sides, and our trademark hightop design.
Furthermore, the Ryderwear D-Mak is available in a range of colors and materials, giving our customers the ability to choose a version that matches their personal style and preferences.
The D-Mak II Weightlifting Shoe
After receiving such a positive response to our original D-Mak, it was apparent to the team at Ryderwear that we would have to beat our own personal record by releasing a new and improved edition of our original weightlifting shoe.
The D-Mak II offers all of the core features that made the original D-Mak so popular, including our highly-endorsed flat sole design, and the same rugged, long-lasting construction our loyal customers have come to know and love
The D-Mak II, however, is enhanced with sharp, customized trilateral metal eyelets and an embossed knit body, as well as an extraordinarily lightweight design for optimum agility.
If you’re looking for the best lifting shoes, why not go with the brand that world class athletes have chosen to stand behind?
We’re confident that when you slip the D-Mak on and feel the difference, you’ll understand why it has received such a warm welcome from the powerlifting community.
FAQ About Weightlifting Shoes
Do weightlifting shoes make a difference? Good weightlifting shoes will make a difference by improving your power on certain lifts. The design of the shoes, due to their tough, flat sole, will mean that you are able to exert more force through the ground, enabling you to lift more.
What are the best shoes for weightlifting? The best weightlifting shoes have a number of features in common, including: (i) a solid, flat sole (ii)a nonrestrictive and comfortable fit (iii) no discomfort, pain, or numbness when wearing the shoes and performing lifts (iv) anti-slip bottoms for maximum traction (v) excellent ankle support.
Are Ryderwear weightlifting shoes worth it? Our range of weightlifting shoes are specifically engineered for maximum grip and traction, with the soles providing a stable surface for a greater transfer for force, helping you generate more power in heavy lifts like the squat and deadlift. For major lifts like these, a flatter sole results in better stability, which means better form and overall results.
What shoes should I squat in? The best squatting shoes feature a thick thin, flat rubber sole with heel cushioning, ensuring maximum support for squats and deadlifts. This type of squatting shoe will get you closer to the ground, providing lockdown and maximum power and drive in your lifts. This ensures correct form when lifting.
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