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Q&A: Favorite Footwear | Bryan Dermody

Question: "What’s your favorite shoes to wear for deadlifting?  And can you ever compete barefoot?"

I personally like and wear wrestling shoes for deadlifting. The reasons for this are three-fold:

  1. Flat sole – you do not want a high heel on a shoe. This will put you in a bad position for deadlifting
  2. Very thin sole – the closer you are to the ground, the shorter the distance the bar has to move
  3. Lateral stability (for sumo pullers). I would say that I purchased a pair of Reebok Crossfit Lite TR shoes. I currently wear them for squatting only, but would not hesitate to wear them for deadlifting.

-Bryan Dermody

Posted on March 6, 2016


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