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After searching for Olympic shoes here's a review plus some deals

 

 

Wei-rui's 60-80$- Cheap shoe for about 60-80$. They seem solid with a wooden heal http://www.maxbarbell.com/collections/vendors?q=Wei-Rui

Crossfit shoe - Fuck you

Adidas powerlift 90-100$- Slightly lower heal than adipowers, very popular shoe but sides of heal are semi unstable because of material. Still ok for price

Adidas power perfect 90-100$ - Look very similar to the powerlifts but the the heel is more suited towards Olympic lifters, because it's higher. Really good shoe for the price, heel is not wood or as stable as adipowers/romaleos/pendlay but still works great.

Pendlay 2013's 130$ - New to market and by far the best shoe for the buck. They seem like the same exact design of the romaleos but are 60$ cheaper. I've read reviews about them ripping but i'm not sure if that's true.  http://www.muscledriverusa.com/2013-Pendlay-Weightlifting-Shoes_c_715.html?gclid=CJWi6rCzrLsCFbFxOgodr3QANw

Rouge do wins 120$ - IMO not a good shoe. The heel is solid but the grip of the shoe is slippery and the quality of the shoe seems bad. For 100+ you can get pendlays. Widest WL shoe

Romaleos 160-190$ - Good quality shoe, heavy compared to adipowers which makes squats feel solid. Nothing bad to say. 2 straps make the shoe look better but it's not needed

Adipowers 170-200$ - Also good quality shoe. Personally this seems like a shoe that was made for Olympic lifting. The material seems better compared to the romaleos, but the shoe does come narrow. However, the narrowness isn't that big of a problem.

 

Deals/notes:

I recommend going with .5 decrease in shoe size for mostly every single shoe. If you are not sure about sizing, you can order from rogue and try out a pair. Then return it for 15$ shipping. Yes you will lose 15$ but it 's worth it because the shoe will last for a long time.

 

Eastbay: They have a 20% coupon on Mondays, but not every Monday. If you call or chat their customer support you can easily find out when their next coupon will be. If you use this coupon you can get the adipowers for 160+10$shipping and the romaleos for 150+10$ shipping. However, a better way of doing is to sign up for their membership program. You will get 1 year of free shipping for 10$. So the price of the shoe will come out the same, but in the longrun it would be better off if you choose to shop again. Even better is if you choose the 20$ program because the shipping will faster + you will get a 25% coupon for one use: meaning the shoes will come out the same price, but you will faster and be able to use that free fast shipping again for a year.

 

Ebay: This is a great way to find cheap shoes, but I personally think eastbay is the way to go. However if you think you know your size, you can find cheap romaleos or adipowers for 140-150$. But you will not be able to return them which sucks. If you're looking for cheaper shoes you can find powerlifts for around 70-80$. You can also find do wins for 50$ and if you're lucky you can find romaleos or adipowers for 120$

 

My recommendations:

Buy yourself the pendlay 2013 do wins. No one has done a solid review on them but they are exactly the same design of the romaleos for only 130$

If you want romaleos or adipowers use eastbay or ebay. Don't spend 200$ for a pair of shoes when you can easily save 40-50$

 

I personally have the adipowers. I have a wide foot but the romaleos for some reason felt weird to me so I stuck with adipowers.

 

Any questions feel free to ask.

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Good list!

 

What about Adidas Power Perfect II? Seems like a good alternative too. Even guys at the Olympics use those so I think they're fine even with the supposedly softer non-wooden heel http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=mkPpr7Ak7sU#t=1793.

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Have those. Adipowers are better but they're a fine shoe.

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Good list!

 

What about Adidas Power Perfect II? Seems like a good alternative too. Even guys at the Olympics use those so I think they're fine even with the supposedly softer non-wooden heel http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=mkPpr7Ak7sU#t=1793.

K told me I missed those but I thought they were the same as the powerlift, turns out they have a bigger heel. Had no idea lol

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So, what's wrong with the crossfit shoes?  Seriously.  Is it the fact it has the "crossfit" name associated with it, or is there something actually wrong with the shoe?

 

They have non-compressible soles, and the toe box is more flexible so you can actually jump rope with them on and not destroy the shoes.  Sounds like a reasonably good shoe to me.  In fact one is listed in this review: http://www.olympicweightsetreview.com/top-8-best-olympic-lifting-shoes-olympic-weightlifting-shoes-within-budget/  (the Reebocks).

 

A more detailed review is here: http://www.olympicweightsetreview.com/reebok-oly-weightlifting-shoe-review/

 

If style is important to you, you can customize the Reebocks to be exactly like you want.  Something that is not possible with the other options.  You'll have to wait on a second party review though.

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Power Perfect IIs are great. I bought mine brand new at the Adidas employee store for like $60.

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So, what's wrong with the crossfit shoes?  Seriously.  Is it the fact it has the "crossfit" name associated with it, or is there something actually wrong with the shoe?

 

They have non-compressible soles, and the toe box is more flexible so you can actually jump rope with them on and not destroy the shoes.  Sounds like a reasonably good shoe to me.  In fact one is listed in this review: http://www.olympicweightsetreview.com/top-8-best-olympic-lifting-shoes-olympic-weightlifting-shoes-within-budget/  (the Reebocks).

 

A more detailed review is here: http://www.olympicweightsetreview.com/reebok-oly-weightlifting-shoe-review/

 

If style is important to you, you can customize the Reebocks to be exactly like you want.  Something that is not possible with the other options.  You'll have to wait on a second party review though.

I was just playing around :P . Sure they are a good crossfit shoe or a starter shoe but if you plan on Olympic lifting or even squatting for a long time, you can get a much better shoe. They are around 100$ and with that you can get a much more stable shoe like the power perfects or pendlay.

 

+It's fun to make jokes about crossfit :)

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Lol'd at crossfit shoe. The Power perfect 2's are pretty much the same shoe as the powerlift trainers but with a better heel 

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Power Perfect IIs are great. I bought mine brand new at the Adidas employee store for like $60.

well look who's back

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well look who's back

"I'm not back!" - Bill from Twister

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Is it because you can't get them in Europe, or they are just outrageously marked up for shipping?

 

Do you know of any Oly/lifting shoes you can get in Europe that are reasonably priced?

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Well most of them are available in the UK, but you have to buy them online and they are normally priced like £175 vs $175 for adipower, there are a few shops about that stock some shoes but not many :(

 

As for the new do-wins, can't find them anywhere in the UK and shipping from the USA is about $70

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Well most of them are available in the UK, but you have to buy them online and they are normally priced like £175 vs $175 for adipower, there are a few shops about that stock some shoes but not many :(

AdiPower is £150 and PowerLift 2 is £90 over at Sugar Ray's. I bought my PowerPerfect 2 there a while ago.

PowerPerfect 2 are £100 over at Pullum Sports. They also have PowerLift 2, and older Do-Wins.

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@Growlinator, no-one carries weightlifting shoes in stock at actual brick and mortar stores even in the US.  I think everyone has to buy them online.  Even if you buy straight from Adidas their that expensive?

 

@KaKTy3, those are more reasonable prices, but still a good deal more than US prices.

 

Current list prices direct from Addidas in USD are:

  • Powerlift 2.0 -- $90.00 (£55.09)
  • adiPower -- $200.00 (£122.43)
  • Power Perfect 2.0 -- $120.00 (£73.46)

It is unfortunate that the markup is so high.  I can't even find the weightlifting shoes in the UK Adidas site.

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http://www.cardiffsportsgear.co.uk/fitness-weightlifting-shoes.irc  This is where I will be buying my shoes from in the next week or so, they are just a couple of miles from my house :D

 

 

 

*UPDATE*

 

bought the shoes and have only played with them once so far, much easier getting into the hole although weights are down atm due to a break from the gym

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