Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes
Good to know
Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.
Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.
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90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
Overall, I'm fairly impressed with this shoe. It definitely provides stability I was looking for.
They are tough and durable enough to last through hundreds of your most grueling challenges and daily workouts while still giving you the support and flexibility you need to make it through the squats required in the Mary workout.
For CrossFit I feel like these are one of the best shoes for the job, and do a much better job for mobility than traditional weightlifting shoes could ever do.
Updates to Asics Lift Trainer
- The Asics Lift Trainer is designed to give users the needed structure and support while weightlifting or doing squats. The raised heel allows users to squat deeper with a more upright posture while lifting weights.
- It features a combination of mesh and synthetic materials. They ensure in-shoe ventilation while still providing enough structure and support during workouts.
- A single medial strap keeps the foot locked down, which is crucial when lifting heavy weights.
- A dual-density midsole enhances the support offered by the shoe. The medial area of the sole unit is harder to prevent the foot from rolling inwards. The material keeps the foot in the correct position while lifting, so the wearer does not lose balance.
Asics Lift Trainer size and fit
The Lift Trainer is only available in men’s sizes and generally runs true to size. It also comes in a standard D – Medium width to accommodate an average-sized foot. The broad toe box allows for natural toe splaying during lifting while the medial strap secures the instep and adds lateral support to the foot.
The Asics Lift Trainer features a rubber outsole. This compound is durable, bendable and waterproof. It also does not easily slip on wet surfaces. It has flex grooves on the forefoot area to allow the natural bending of the foot. It extends to the front of the toe box to protect the region from impact and abrasion.
The outsole uses a multidirectional tread pattern that allows the user to perform quick direction changes without losing balance.
The Lift Trainer uses a DUOMAX dual-density midsole. This type of cushioning features a flat bed, but the sponge on the medial side is firmer than the rest of the midsole. This platform corrects the position of the foot by preventing it from rolling inwards while walking.
The midsole and the outsole extend to the sides, creating an outrigger-like structure that delivers a stable platform during workouts. This design widens the surface area of the entire sole unit, preventing the loss of balance while squatting or lifting.
The Asics Lift Trainer utilizes a combination of mesh and synthetic materials on the upper. The mesh fabric is located in the forefoot area and keeps the inside of the shoe fresh. The synthetic material is used in areas like the lacing system, the medial strap, and the toe box to give the footwear structure and support to be able to handle various forms of exercises.
Users can adjust the fit of the shoe by loosening or tightening the round laces. The strap and the panel at the rear area of the footwear enhance the lace-up closure to deliver a snug fit.
The midsole extends upward to hold the heel and lock it in place, essentially preventing it from moving too much inside the shoe and losing balance.
Both the tongue and collar are padded. The tongue ensures that the instep is comfortable after the tightening the laces and strap. As for the collar, the padding serves to keep the heel from slipping out of the shoe while in use, as well as preventing any chafing of the Achilles.
Those who prefer a bit more understated and streamlined design in their lifting footwear might also be interested in weightlifting shoes offered by Adidas.