So you’ve decided you want to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes. That’s awesome – time to get under the bar fast and lift heavy! While a pair of shoes isn’t going to turn you into an Olympian overnight, different shoes will suit different people. The Reebok Legacy lifter are pretty different to all the other lifting shoes in the market, so now I’ve been wearing them for a solid year I thought I’d put together a full review of the shoe and how it compares to other lifters. Read on and make your own decision!
They’re made primarily for weightlifting – so for snatching and cleaning – however they’re also great for squatting movements as the high, heavy heel helps you reach full depth by giving extra room for the ankles, and keep you stable to the ground. The higher heel also helps you keep your chest up during movements like push presses and push jerks, so you may choose to wear them for that too – I do!
A single shoe of UK7 weighs 543g. Normally having a heavier shoe would be a bad thing for every day walking around, but I think the weight helps ground you and stick you to the platform, with a low centre of gravity.
The shoes have a drop of 22mm, which is the net heel height with the sole height taken away, and they’re made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is just a type of plastic. You can also see that the heel flares out, giving the base a wider surface area – again, for stability.
I’ve heard it said that the Legacy were similar in heel height and weight to the Romaleos, but I always thought different – so I’ve been a complete nerd and weighed them! One Legacy shoe weighs 543g, with one Romaleo 2 weighing in at 373g. The choice here is going to be down to personal preference – do you like to feel stuck to the ground, or lighter on your feet?
With the heel, you can see the difference in the photo above. Again this is going to be down to personal preference, but a higher heel is going to get you to the bottom of a lift quicker. I got a shock when I first wore the Legacy and got stuck in the bottom of a clean..!
Stable and solid
At risk of sounding like a Tory party slogan, they are a really stable, solid shoe, that will keep you glued to the platform.
The heel is higher than any other lifting shoe that I’m aware of, so it’ll get you under the bar faster during Olympic movements, and assist those with less mobility in squatting movements.
This is actually a con for me as I do have wide feet, but a narrow shoe helps keep your foot locked down and adds to the stability element. If you have wider feet size up, as these shoes don’t ‘give’ as you wear them in.
On the flipside, this is a pro for me, but if you like to be light on your feet or are thinking of wearing them in WODs then they may just be too heavy for you – both together they’re a kilo of added weight.
At £140 they’re definitely a considered decision, however with other lifters costing upwards of £160 then these are actually well priced for a very technical shoe.
Overall, if you’re looking for a sturdy weightlifting shoe for wearing exclusively on the platform, there aren’t any downsides to this shoe. They’re not ideal for wearing to WOD in – trust me, 50 box jumps into a workout, you’re going to be cursing you decided to wear them! Keep them for pure strength and weightlifting sessions and you’ll really feel the benefit of wearing them.
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