Nike's flagship Olympic Lifting shoe intended to compete directly with the Adidas AdiStar model, the Romaleo is a high-end shoe for the serious weight lifter. Known for their wider toe box, excellent durability and appearance in the 2008 Summer Olympics, "Romaleo" is a common name among lifters.
One of the most under-rated shoes in 2010, the Risto Sports Olympic Lifting Shoe is almost all you could ask for in a shoe. The Series 1 meets all the requirements of a good weightlifting shoe having a solid grain leather exterior, an extra padded insole, sturdy molded leather interior, double stitching and a solid wood heel that is proportional to the size of the shoe.
Adidas has been producing shoes for the sport of weightlifting dating back to the 1970s. Debuting in 2008 at the Olympic Games in Beijing, the AdiStar Weightlifting is probably one of the most well known models of shoes amongst Olympic weightlifters. The model boasts several upgrades and improvements over the older and cheaper Ironwork models.
The Versa Pro Trainer is the flagship model made by Otomix, featuring a solid leather construction and an extra thick, supportive sole. This shoe is the replacement for the now discontinued Ultimate Trainers.
A budget friendly weightlifting shoe, the VS Athletic Dynamo falls short in a few critical areas. Since there are now other brands of shoes in the same price range, we can no longer make an excuse for purchasing these shoes.
While it doesn't share the advanced designs and styling of its AdiStar big brother, overall the Ironwork III is a great shoe, especially if you have narrower feet as they tend to fit this foot type better than Do-Win style shoes.