Best High Top Weightlifting Shoes

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Heyday Footwear Mission Trainer Black Fabric and Leather High Top Sneakers

These are the kind of shoes that will enhance the weightlifting experience not hinder it. You want a pair of shoes that will feel light to the touch and will not feel like you are walking in weights. You want to weightlift not weight lift while you are walking. Do they make such a shoe? Yes, they do and we will help you to choose the best weightlifting shoes you can find on the market today. You will want to purchase shoes that will give you the total weightlifting experience. Shoes that will fit comfortably on your feet and will absorb all the pressure and tension the weightlifting will put on the rest of your body. By the end of the weightlifting experience, the last thing on your mind should be that your weightlifting shoes are causing you more pain than the rest of your body is. Let’s look at some top-rated top weightlifting shoes.

Otomix Power Trainer Men’s Bodybuilding Shoes

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Benefits and Uses: Developed for weight training, bodybuilding, martial arts, and a number of other sports activities. The shoes are very versatile and can be used for many functions. You cannot go wrong weightlifting in these classic shoes. Available in two colors black or white which are the standard colors for these types of shoes. The shoes will fit accurately according to shoe size. If you wear a size 1 the shoe will fit your foot like it really was a size 12 shoe.

shoes are very versatile and can be used for many functions

You will not have that cramping feeling in the toes and your heel will not be rubbing against the back shoe but these shoes will fit your feet nice and snug all the way around the feet. They will feel like you are walking on air and better yet it will feel like you are not wearing shoes at all. You will not sweat heavily in these shoes either. The shoes were shown in the movie “Pain and Gain” and how they looked on the movie is how they will look when you buy them and put them on. These shoes will give your feet a real exercise treat.

Feedback: One customer gave the shoes a five-star rating which was a surprise. He complained the shoes were too big to fit his feet comfortably. He could have used a size chart to pick the correct size of shoes for his feet. Another customer gave a very poor review of the shoes. He said he bought the shoes so he would not have to do squats barefoot. ( Squats are a weightlifting exercise) He tried wearing the shoes and doing the squats. It did not work for him. He said he will be going back to doing squats barefoot. Doing squats barefoot sounds like a dangerous proposition. He never wants to drop the weights on his feet. Serious injuries could result.

Another customer looked around at various health websites before purchasing the shoes. He read a lot of good reviews concerning these shoes so he bought them. He needed good support for his ankles because he started getting into serious powerlifting and squats. Thes shoes met the need because they give him needed flat foot support and ankle support. He can tell that his form and performance have improved since he bought the shoes and started using them.

Another customer bought a pair and noticed that there was an indent on the right pinky toe of the shoe. The left side of the shoe was normal and undamaged. They think someone wore the shoes and stretched them out. They bought the pair anyway and wore them around the house to get use to them. If someone else wore the shoes it would have better not to have bought the shoes. Despite this, the customer gave the shoe a generous four-star rating despite the circumstance Another weightlifter notes the shoe looks great and gives good ankle support when weightlifting.

Heyday Footwear Men’s Super Freak Black Fabric High Top Bodybuilding Sneaker

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Benefits and Uses: They are fabric shoes which may detrimental when weightlifting. They could tear the while weightlifting or what if a weight has dropped the shoe? There is no protection for the feet if the weights accidentally fall on the fabric-made shoes. The shoes are imported bt from where is not known. The shoe has cushioned bottoms that flex with your feet during heavy movement like weightlifting. The shoe gives good ankle support which is handy when lifting heavy weights and the shoe has dynamic ankle support which will really help those with weak ankles. It also has removable ankle straps which give great support for weak ankles.

shoe has dynamic ankle support which will really help those with weak ankles

Feedback: There were no customer reviews written on the shoes. But the fact that the shoes are made of nylon could compromise the user’s feet. If by some chance they dropped the weights on the shoes it could damage their feet there is not a lot of protection for the feet. Nylon may not hold up as well as rubber or suede and they could wear out faster if used strenuously during weightlifting.

FQ Butterfly Men’s High Top Basketball Shoes Performance Shock Absorption Running Shoes Velcro Sneakers

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Benefits and Uses: They have a pearlescent (shiny) upper and single layer of mesh on the top of the shoe.They have rubber soles non-sticking to surface and they are durable. The non-sticking aspect would be god forgiving the feet disability while the user lifts weights. Flexible and comfortable sneakers that are well-ventilated to avoid the stinky, sweaty smell shoes can develop after a long and intense workout. Nice-looking shoes that are lightweight and the tongues of the shoes provide plenty of ventilation for the rest of the feet. They also come with high, elastic EVA. They were designed for basketball but they would work effectively for weightlifting.

High Top Basketball Shoes Performance Shock Absorption Running Shoes

Feedback: Another shoe that had no reviews written for it. It seems to be a pretty-well designed shoe and is definitely designed to look flashy and eye-popping. They were specifically designed for playing basketball but they could be used for weightlifting though. They have a solid rubber sole that would give the feet and ankles strong support for the user while they lifted weights. The durable non slipping shoes are perfect to keep the feet from sliding or slipping while the user is lifting weights and for the initial foot plant need when using heavy weights. You need to have firm footing when you lift weights and these shoes fit the bill.

Heyday Footwear Men’s Tactical Trainer Summer Camouflage Leather Bodybuilding High Top Sneaker

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Benefits and Uses: These are imported shoes with an unusual camouflage finish They are made of leather and as mentioned before have tough camouflage printed heavyweight print and they are breathable. The sole is flat and very lightweight giving the weightlifter steady footing while lifting very heavy weights. The shoes are flexible and move with the feet while dynamic weightlifting moves are made. The high tops are designed for and give strong support for weak ankles. A lot of these weightlifting shoes emphasize the protecting and supporting of weak ankles. If someone has weak ankles should they be lifting heavy weights in the first place? The shoes have a padded tongue and collar for super comfort and strength.

 weightlifting shoes emphasize the protecting and supporting of weak ankles

Feedback: A very short review was written of the shoe. The customer said the shoes were great for weight lifting workouts they just wish the shoes had wider sizes. Take note this was the only review written of the shoe. It is kind of strange that a shoe designed for weightlifting would have a camouflage pattern on the top. The material is thick rubber and should last for years even if they were continuously used for weightlifting.

PF Flyers Men’s Pm17am1d

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Benefits and Uses: These shoes are made out of a cloth canvas and while they can be used for weightlifting they may not be the safest shoes to wear while weightlifting because of the canvas cloth tops. They can be imported or made here in America. They have flat, synthetic soles which may not be the best for gripping a surface. This could be a problem when heavy weightlifting is involved. The shaft measures about 5′ from the arch and why this is important are not known. A stylish shoe to wear to any gym.

have synthetic soles which may not give a firm setting on a surface

Feedback: No reviews were written for the shoe. But the shoe has some weaknesses that could hinder them from being effective for weightlifting. They have synthetic soles which may not give a firm setting on a surface. Weightlifters need a shoe that will grip a surface firm to prevent the feet from slipping. You do not want your feet slipping out from under you when you are involved in heavy weightlifting exercises. Another drawback to the shoes are the cloth canvas tops. They may be breathable which is good to keep feet aired out and cool. But if the weights were dropped on the foot there would be no padding or solid protection around the foot. The resulting injuries may be harmful. The price of the shoe is very high too and with the drawbacks of the shoe being considered for weightlifting the shoes are not worth the $70.00 price tag.

Heyday Footwear Super Freak Neon Yellow/ Black Fabric High Top Sneakers

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Benefits and Uses: This is a mesh top is bright yellow and black. It is a limited bodybuilding shoe that like a lot of other shoes have reflexive soles that move with you as you engage in heavy weightlifting exercises. The mesh is breathable and tough while being resistant to abrasion and will not tear or scratch easily. It has a removable ankle strap but can be used to support weak ankles if it is left on the shoe. The price tag is very high and the shoe may not be worth the asking price.

shoes are constructed well and they are designed for bodybuilding

Feedback: No reviews written for these shoes either. The shoes are constructed well and they are designed for bodybuilding and they would work well for weightlifting. They are versatile in the sense that they can be used for both activities. They have tough, breathable mesh tops that are good for keeping the feet from overheating during intense weight lifting workouts. The soles flex with the movements of the individual and the soles seem to grip a surface well.

The shoe comes with a removable ankle band which is a definite benefit. The band can be removed as stated earlier if the person has strong ankles and does not need the extra support. If the support is needed for weak ankles then the band comes in very handy to give the weightlifter that extra confidence knowing his ankles will be protected during strenuous weightlifting. Again, it must be cited the shoes do have a lot of nice features but the price tag of $99.00 dollars is too high.

PF Flyers Men’s Pm17am1c

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Benefits and Uses: These shoes like their cousins described above have synthetic soles and are made out of a canvas material. They have shafts that measure about 5″ from the arch and this may or may not be important to the construction of the shoes. They are either made in America or are imported. While they may be used for weightlifting they may not be the best options.

The canvas material is breathable because it looks like there are little holes weaved throughout the tops of the shoes. The soles are definitely me of a rubber-type material which may slide very easily on a slippery surface. They may be alright on carpet surfaces though. The price tag is a bit high despite the fact they are made by the PF Company. The footing may be a little unstable for weightlifters who need the stability of footing when lifting heavy weights.There is no ankle supports either for people you have weak ankles.

shoes could be used for weightlifting

Feedback: The shoes could be used for weightlifting but they are not the ideal pair for that activity.The nylon cloth or canvas tops may not give the feet the best protection if a weight was dropped on the feet. This may seem like it would never happen but it could. If one did drop a weight on their feet the shoes would crush and offer the feet no protection. The synthetic soles may not be firm on wooden, cement or other slippery gym surfaces. The price tag is way too high despite the fact that Pf made the shoes. They want $77.00 for the shoes this is high considering they are made out of a canvas material and have synthetic soles.

PF Flyers Men’s Center Hi Fashion Sneaker

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Benefits and Uses: These shoes are made by the PF Flyers company and are made of breathable canvas tops. There are many small holes weaved into the tops allowing air to freely flow to the feet and around the feet. This would keep the feet cool and dry during an intense weightlifting session. The bottoms are made of rubber with the diamond-shaped pattern all around the bottom of the shoe. The shoes are imported they lace up and have metal eyelets the shoelaces feed into. The soles are rubber so this may help with keeping the shoes from slipping on smooth surfaces. The price range is very high for these shoes. They start at $43.00 dollars and go all the way up to $128.00 dollars.

PF Flyers Men's Center Hi Fashion Sneaker

Feedback: The first customer is 6’2″ and weighs 165 lbs and has recently grown into a shoe size that is 1/2 longer than the former size. He tried these shoes and said they were comfortable but not super comfortable. He doesn’t advise walking miles in them even though he does anyway. Another client said the shoes aren’t that good because of the chaff your feet. He can only wear them for short periods of time. He wouldn’t be able to wear them at work all day for instance. Honestly, neither one of these reviews sounds really positive about these shoes.


You have read through this article and found some shoes on the list that are specifically designed for weightlifting and others that could be used for weightlifting. Some of the shoes reviewed just wouldn’t be ideal for weightlifting but in a case of an emergency or personal choice, they could be used for that activity. There were a few shoes that were perfect for weightlifting and bodybuilding and were specifically designed for both of those high-powered activities.

The added bonus of some of the shoes is that they had extra straps around the ankles for weak ankles. If you are a weight lifter and have weak ankles the shoes are perfect for you. They will really bolster and protect your ankles.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.