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I ordered a pair of the Chicago limited. I`ll give a review after I get them and use them for a bit.

I find I`m destroying the inside of my runners squatting and deadlifting heavy in them. A powerlifter at my gym told me I`m losing a lot of drive from the compression also. I started deadlifting in my socks and I liked it. My first pair of lifting shoes and looking forward to trying them out.
 

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Why do you think having some compression will help your knees and back? Usually either your mechanics are off or your mobility is bad, that leads to sore knees. Take an objective view at your form. That or overuse which no shoe can help.
you're right! for my knees my mobility is off and mechanics.. ,I should of explained my post was geared towards Goldenrod and guys with bad knees.. just putting on those shoes and walking around the gym hurts my knees, they start to ache and it tends to radiate to my back.. I need some type of cushion in my shoes otherwise my knees ache.
 

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Personally I use Adidas weighting shoes for leg day only.
However, Converse has an option to customize their shoes and I am looking into that right now.
 

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Super fast shipping and the fit is perfect - being in tradeschool I am only training on weekends since I have a long commute early mornings - I am tempted to wake up super early and go test these out.
Thanks @PacMan !
 

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guys back to my original question - why? More stability / more weight? high end runners work great but if it would help stabilize I would consider. Just curious and considering @PacMan - please let me know, I could give a shit if you sell them. I trust your knowledge.
thanks,
I had replied earlier, maybe you missed it but here’s why I use dedicated lifting shoes.

find that with heavier weights, whether squatting or deadlifting, if I am wearing a running shoe - the padding squishes at different rates and makes my foundation unstable.

Not to mention - modern running shoes are built with the “recreational” runner in mind who runs heel-toe. So there is a disproportionate amount of padding/sponge in the heel. Essentially putting you in a heeled shoe. 👠 are not meant for activity- they were designed to pump the calves and push up the buttocks. They do this by realigning your weight distribution. Such that your centre of gravity is pushed forward making you pull your back out of alignment with your hips to keep from falling over.
(Obviously the high heel shoe is a bit of an over exaggeration, but it gets the point across better)

Point being - you’ll be far more likely to injure yourself in heels than in flats. (Especially when loading heavy weights for squats/deads).
So keeping flat footed (whether through bare feet, or specialty shoes) you’ll be more stable, better aligned, less likely to hurt your spine/hips and ultimately be able to push/pull more weight!
 

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Full review

wore these shoes yesterday morning and this morning
Deadlifts yesterday and chest
Squats and arms today

deadlifts
I felt more “planted” - didn’t lift any heavier however I felt a lot more stable and in control - still had soreness later in the day and a bit today but I was not expecting these to be miracle shoes

squats
These sort of fucked me up - since I am used to a runner with heel support I felt a little “off kilter” - I am sure a few more sessions and I will be fine though - decrease in weight because of the feeling (only by 40 pounds though)
Split squats felt fine
Currently relaxing after some food and the legs are tightening up a bit. We will see how they react tomorrow
 

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Nike Metcons are a good all-rounder.
I have two pairs and alternate them.
This^. Used to wear Romaleos for squatting and olympic lifts. Switched to metcons last year after realizing my over reliance on squatting in oly shoes.
 

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I still have my 15 year old doWins and they are still good. They are velcro which is awesome cause im a lazy bastard and dont like tying my shoes. I dont wear them on back day obviously
 

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Update
Deadlifts this morning
Still a super planted feel. How I trained in normal runners before I will never understand. Threw an extra 25 on for 3 reps for a total of 365 x 3 no straps no belt - and after having 2 back surgeries.
Also did flat and incline bench (since I am limited on days for another 2 weeks) I can really feel my heel drive with these on bench day.

In conclusion to this thread - GorillaWear products - top notch. Have already recommended to numerous other lifters and printed a small “ad” from their site and posted in the gym.
@PacMan thanks again dude
 

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I bought the Chicago's from Gorilla. They do fit snug, so if you order go up a size. They feel like I'm wearing slippers at the gym, I like that. I feel more secured and planted in these than in regular running shoes. They appear to be a quality shoe. I recommend them and Pacman to purchase from.
 

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I bought the Chicago's from Gorilla. They do fit snug, so if you order go up a size. They feel like I'm wearing slippers at the gym, I like that. I feel more secured and planted in these than in regular running shoes. They appear to be a quality shoe. I recommend them and Pacman to purchase from.
@Old Time Lifter Thank you for the review....

- PacMan
 

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Update
Deadlifts this morning
Still a super planted feel. How I trained in normal runners before I will never understand. Threw an extra 25 on for 3 reps for a total of 365 x 3 no straps no belt - and after having 2 back surgeries.
Also did flat and incline bench (since I am limited on days for another 2 weeks) I can really feel my heel drive with these on bench day.

In conclusion to this thread - GorillaWear products - top notch. Have already recommended to numerous other lifters and printed a small “ad” from their site and posted in the gym.
@PacMan thanks again dude
@CurtisP Thank you for the review...

- PacMan
 

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I recently got my Rockport's with custom Orthotics. My alignment and knees have never been better!

I've been using orthotics since 2004, due to my low arch and slight internal rotation/misaligned tracking esp during squats.
It's like night and day having them.
 
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