A common question that pops in the studio is “What type of shoes are best for training?” and that is an excellent question! Nikes, Hokas, NOBULL…the list goes on and on. So what should you choose? Every individual has separate needs but in general, flatter shoes will almost always be your best bet when strength training. Here are some of the facts to keep in mind when you’re searching for the perfect pair!
For exercises such as the deadlift and the Kettlebell swing, you always want your feet to be “rooted to the floor”. Flat shoes allow the foot to fully play and grip the floor better, thus providing better stability. The wider the base, the more stable you will be in the movement!
While flat shoes might be a less comfortable option for some lifters with ankle mobility issues, they can be a very effective way to target your preferred mechanics. For example, squatting with flatter shoes can take some pressure off of your knees. Flat shoes also help spread the load more evenly, which encourages more organic movement patterns.
Deadlifts are always best with flat shoes; this is a fairly common truth. But if you are having trouble with ankle flexion and need a little forward shift during your squats, consider a heel lift. This way you have the adaptability to support your changing needs without carrying around multiple pairs of shoes!
Here are three different shoes at various price points that are popular in the market!
Least Expensive - Converse Chuck Taylors $40
Moderately Priced - Nanoflex TR 2.0 Women's Training Shoes - $90
Investment Pair - NOBULL Black Gum Trainer - $129