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Squat in shoes?

DungeonDweller

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When I started lifting seriously again (over a decade ago) it was powerlifting style, trying to PR my squat, bench, and deadlift. At the time I got myself a pair of squat shoes with somewhat of a heel.

A few years ago I started transitioning more to a bodybuilding routine and largely cut back on the max weight and gone for time-under-tension and pump. I've continued to use those shoes.

Now I've been noticing lots of pictures of people squatting barefoot. While I knew people recommended something like Chuck Taylors I never thought of going au natural.

What is recommended?
 
The Phoenix

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I heard those shoes that wear basically gloves for your feet, they say you work all the muscles on your feet and legs


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DieYoungStrong

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I've squatted every way from barefoot to oly shoes to chucks...

I prefer good old fashioned chucks. Some of the newer chucks have thicker soles - no bueno imo. I'd go barefoot over that.

Snake has squatted over 600 in circa 1988 white new balances...it's all user preference. I agree with Louie's quote on this one - don't have $100 squat shoes and a 10 cent squat.
 
ValeTudo8080

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soccer shoes are awesome to work legs in ....the sole is stiff and doesn't give like a regular gym shoes.

maybe try barefoot and see......i just feel the shoe helps take the stress off the heel and once you injure your foot you can be in bad shape trying to get it to heal.
 
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soccer shoes are awesome to work legs in ....the sole is stiff and doesn't give like a regular gym shoes.

maybe try barefoot and see......i just feel the shoe helps take the stress off the heel and once you injure your foot you can be in bad shape trying to get it to heal.
Yes a good shoe will give your feet the stability and support and reduce the risk of an injury...that's my 2 cents.
 
ValeTudo8080

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I will say if you want to strengthen the feet walking /running in bare feet is a great way to achieve that without much risk of injury from my experience
 
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It all depends on your preference and what works best for you. I have used all kinds, not barefoot but ended up with 1 1/8 inch heel. Works for me.
 
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