For any lower body movement such as the Deadlift, squat, that kind of thing, we don’t want to be wearing anything squishy such as running shoes or cross-trainers.
Unfortunately, this is what most people do in the gym.
Instead, you should be investing in one of the shoes I’ll be going over in this article.
Some of the best shoes for deadlifting are as follows;
- Sabo Deadlifting Shoes
- Deadlift Slippers
- Hercules Deadlift Shoes
- Adidas Deadlift (Wrestling) Shoes
- No Bull Shoes
- Reebok Deadlift Shoes (Power Lite Mid)
The reason they are considered the best shoes for Deadlifting is because they all have a rubberized outer sole that’s very, very flat, and it grips the platform when you’re doing a deadlift.
They’re going to give you a stable platform to push off and make the lifts as safe as possible.
Let’s go over each one now so you have an idea of the best match for you so you can improve your Deadlift safely and efficiently!
Here we go!
Sabo Deadlifting Shoes
First up, we have the Sabo Deadlifting Shoes.
These are considered the best Deadlifting shoes by a lot of people.
And for a good reason! They’re incredibly thin on the bottom, which allows you to be as close as possible to the bar.
The closer you are to the bar, the better since it doesn’t have to travel as far.
They also have two lateral straps that allow you to adjust the shoes’ tightness for an individual fit no matter who you are.
Also, because these are high top shoes, they allow you to spread the floor correctly without rolling your ankle.
Kind of like hiking, the higher the cut is, the more support you’ll have for your ankles.
The other great thing about these shoes is that they have extra support on the sole’s outer edge.
The better your stability on the outer edge is, the better your Deadlift will be!
Converse and Chuck Taylors are some of the most well-known shoes in the world.
Not only that, but they’re also one of the preferred shoes for squatting, deadlifting, and powerlifting in general.
They are often used due to their flat soles with a solid outsole that promotes a robust and stable platform while lifting.
The other main selling point is that they have incredible value compared to other shoes.
Usually, they only cost around $50 and can last for a decent stretch of training without too much wear and tear.
There’s also the point that they have a ton of colors and styles for whatever you prefer.
While these technically aren’t shoes, some people prefer lifting barefoot, which is gross and not very sanitary, which should be evident to all of you that do this.
The next step up from this would be wearing socks which a lot of people do as well. It could technically work in theory, but I’ve been known to wear socks slide around my kitchen from time to time.
I’ve never once thought, “Hey, I should wear socks while Deadlifting or squatting! I’m sure I’ll have tons of stability and traction just like I do right now!”
But back on topic!
Deadlift Slippers are the next best option if you have to deadlift barefoot.
They provide you with a substantial amount of support, especially if you’re Deadlifting conventional.
For those that Deadlift sumo, your best bet is the Lifting Large Ground Lock Deadlift Slippers. These are Powerlifting Competition Approved, but I can’t be bothered to go and find out of this is true.
These will give you the most significant reduction in the range of motion, which is the main reason to deadlift barefoot in the first place.
However, they won’t cause as much slippage as lifting barefoot or in regular socks will.
You can get these for a
Hercules Deadlift Shoes
The Hercules Deadlift Shoes are also an excellent option for Deadlifting as they have a low sole, which, once again, allows you to get closer to the bar and reduce the range of motion.
They are also an excellent option for those that do Sumo pulls as they have a ton of support on the sides, which is a feature that things like Converse won’t give, unfortunately.
The Hercules Deadlift shoes look pretty stylish too! Very similar to Adidas shoes, which I’m a massive fan of and lift in all the time.
These are a great deal at only 40-50 bucks, depending on what deals you can find.
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Adidas Wrestling Shoes
Next up, we have the Adidas Deadlifting Shoes or Wrestling shoes.
These shoes are technically for wrestling as the name suggests, but wrestling shoes have been used for deadlifting for decades!
They’re made of synthetic leather and suede, which makes them incredibly durable and lightweight for heavy Deadlifting.
They also feature an elastic lacing system that keeps the laces from coming undone or tripping you up.
As great as these shoes are, they still aren’t incredibly expensive at all.
No Bull Shoes
Next up, we have NOBULL shoes. These shoes are the most expensive on the list, and I know why!
Like all things in the world of Crossfit, people are willing to pay a premium to get the “best gear.” If you throw the word CrossFit onto a product, odds are you can charge more for it, and people will pay.
Herd mentality and all that right?
This excerpt is straight from their website,
Yeah, NOBULLSHIT indeed.
All jokes aside, though, the NOBULL shoes aren’t technically Deadlift shoes, but people search for this all the time.
These are designed explicitly for Crossfit style workouts, which include running, jumping, climbing lifting, and just overall being athletic.
That’s the main sell on these, and I get it.
The main reason for these is to allow cross-fitters and other athletes to do athletic movements and have stability for lifting.
This includes Deadlifting, of course.
From what I can tell during my research, these seem to do the job perfectly.
If you’re interested in more than just wobbling up to a bar and doing a single rep and calling it a day, these might be the shoes for you.
It depends on whether you’re willing to purchase these as a pretty great allrounder, which is what they are.
However, if you want something more suited for just lifting though check out my last recommendation!
Reebok Deadlift Shoes (Power Lite Mid)
And finally, we have the Reebok Deadlift Shoes, better known as the Power Lite Mid.
Although they are branded as Crossfit shoes, they were developed by Mark Bell, a world-renowned powerlifter and creator of the slingshot.
These shoes are the absolute best I’ve ever worn for Deadlifting, and I recommend them over everything else on this list.
I bought one pair when they came out and a second pair a few years later.
Unfortunately, they aren’t being produced anymore, which doesn’t make any sense considering just how great they are.
You might be able to find them sold in random places on the interwebs such as eBay or Amazon.
If you can find a pair, though, I recommend these for any lifting you do in general!
They have a vast toe box, which is incredibly crucial for people with giant feet, such as myself.
They have a cupped rubber platform on the sole and heel, which allows you to spread the floor and grip much better than other types of shoes.
There isn’t any other shoe like them, so if you can manage to find them in black and sized 14-15, let me know cause I want them!
If you’re new to Deadlifting, you can get by with something cheap such as Converse.
If you’ve been lifting a couple of years and want something a little sturdier and stable, you can’t go wrong with the Sabo Deadlifting Shoes.
And if you can manage to find them, the Reebok Power Lite Mid shoes are my #1 recommendation for their wide sole and heels that allow you to grip the floor securely.
They’re absolutely the best shoe you can get for the money, and were explicitly made for lifting, which is why they’re the best.
Just remember one thing, if you wear something such as running shoes, you’ll have an unsafe platform to perform heavy deadlifts.
The whole point is to maintain a firm grip on the ground without feeling like you’re going to lose your balance.
Deadlifting and running shoes are kind of like squatting on a BOSU ball; ultimately, it’s pointless and potentially dangerous with heavy weights.
The issue with these kinds of shoes is that the cushion on the bottom of them will limit the amount of force you can create while pushing your feet into the floor.
It’s almost like lifting on an air mattress, not smart and not safe.
And that’s it!
Thank you all for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Until next time,