Commonly referred to as the “poor man’s oly shoes”, the VS weightlifting shoes will get the job done, but they won’t last forever and they may not be anatomically correct for you. The VS Dynamo weightlifting shoe is one of just a few lifting shoes under the $100 mark but this comes with its own price. The fit of the shoe runs true to size, unless you have wide feet, then you’ll need to get a half size larger. The suede exterior is comfortable and easy to break in, but it doesn’t hold up for very long if you go to the gym frequently.
Furthermore, the rubber sole initially grips well, but wears extremely fast. You’ll be left with a slick spots on the sole of the shoe which will actually be dangerous during your lifts. The heel on this shoe is 1.5″ on all sizes, that is just WAY too high for anyone under 6’1″ given that heel height should really be proportional to the height of the person wearing the shoe. Due to the ridiculous heel height and the quick wearing sole, these are not a recommended shoe.
If you do decide to go with the VS shoes, get the solid leather pair. They only come in white, and they will still suffer the same sole issues, but my guess is the exterior will last much longer. Also, solid leather lifting shoes are usually more stable. Expect these to take a few more workouts to break in though as compared to the suede models.
WHERE TO BUY:
While these can be purchased directly from VS Athletics, the best prices I’ve found on the VS weightlifting shoes has been on Amazon.com. You can also checkout Ebay and find a good deal on a slightly used pair from time to time.
- Comfortable suede exterior
- Dual straps
- Great price
- If you have wide feet, get a half size larger
- Rubber sole tends to wear out quickly
- Suede exterior wears with heavy use