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Anatomy of a Weightlifting Shoe

By Perry Hua

Parts of a Weightlifting Shoe

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  1. Lining – The sock-like fabric on the inside of the shoe that increases overall comfort
  2. Eyelets – Small holes in the eyestay guide the shoelaces in place
  3. Strap – Many weightlifting shoes have ankle straps for increased comfort and foot lockdown
  4. Lacing – Traditional laces are the most common lacing option, although velcro is also available
  5. Eyestays – Keeps the eyelets and laces in place
  6. Toe – The very end of the shoe
  7. Toe box – Should be fairly flexible and slightly roomy to allow full flexion
  8. Ventilation holes – Helps to make the shoe more breathable and eliminate excess moisture
  9. Heel wedge – The raised heel of a weightlifting shoe, which reduces the amount of dorsiflexion needed from the ankle when lifting
  10. Heel panel – The fabric covering the heel portion of the shoe
  11. Tongue – A thin and comfortable tongue helps to improve fit
  12. Insole – The footbed of the shoe, provides comfort and orthotic support
  13. Last – Sits below the insole and is what a weightlifting shoe is built around. Determines the shape of the shoe
  14. Midsole – The cushioning located between the insole and outsole, in this case incorporating the heel wedge
  15. Heel counter – The rigid plastic insert in the back of the shoe that provides additional support for the heel
  16. Collar – A well-padded collar helps to improve ankle support and ensures that the foot is locked in
  17. Outsole – A flat, extremely stiff outsole provides a good platform on which to lift from
  18. Shape – Determined by the last, weightlifting shoes will fit more snugly in the heel and arch

Learn how to choose weightlifting shoes here


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