Weightlifting shoes are a great way to break a barrier when your strength and power plateau. The shoes raise your heel, making it easier to have a deep squat. With your heels higher, there is less flex in your ankle, which puts less pressure on your joints. The sole of the shoe is hard, so does not compress under the weight of your loaded barbell.

Check out some of the best shoes below.

New Balance Minimus Prevail

These shoes have a flat sole, rather than an angled one, so they are perfect for multiple exercises or circuits, if you want to lift weights and combine them with other movements. But the soles are still hard, so you will not sink as you lift. However, while some users said they liked the fit, others said the shoe was very uncomfortable, so it is best not to order online, but to try before you buy to ensure these are the shoes for you.

Adidas Powerlift 4

The shoe has a Velcro strap across the top of the foot to lock your ankle in place, but it is spacious towards to toes to allow you to spread and balance. Reviewers commented that their lifting almost instantly improved when wearing the Powerlift 4 (although, many were transitioning from running shoes, not other weightlifting shoes).

The heel is only just slightly raised, so you can get the benefits of a weightlifting shoe without feeling uncomfortable.

Reebok CrossFit Lifter 2.0

As CrossFit’s primary sponsor, it’s no surprise Reebook have a CrossFit-specific shoe. They are great for pushing your maximum of heavy lifts and Olympic movements, and reviewers commented they could feel their form change soon after getting the 2.0. However, they were a bit narrow around the toe for some lifters.

What’s more, despite being for CrossFit, at least one reviewer noted that they were not a good shoe for much else other than lifting.

Reebok Legacy Lifter

One reviewer was sceptical if they’d ever need a specialist weightlifting shoe, but was a convert the first session wearing the Legacy Lifters. The shoes have helped them add weight to their squat, turning it from their least favourite, to favourite exercise.

Reviewers noted they were immediately comfortable and required little to no break in period. The raised heel makes the whole movement feel more natural.

INOV-8 Fastlift 370

Many of the shoes have a strap over the top of the foot for security, but the Fastlift is equipped with a dial lock so you can adjust the feel to your liking. Reviewers said they helped with “knee wobble” when their legs cave inward on heavy weights.

The shoes are comfortable and helped reviewers reach their potential. Though one wrote that the heel raise was not quite high enough for them, so they added insoles and now they love the shoe.