Adidas Power Lift Trainers

Old photographs of lifters show them wearing neat little ankle boots, designed to protect the joint.

As technique evolved, trainers realized that a low-top shoe allowed for a deeper squat and a better range of motion, and it didn’t hurt the ankle one bit. These Power Lift Trainers from Adidas feature a lockdown strap over the laces for heel support, a weight distribution plate for a more stable platform, and a patterned outsole for the best grip. $90 at

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