Reebok has come out with its newest iteration of lifting shoe. The Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus sets itself apart by being something most other lifting shoes are not – light. Reebok’s advanced technology has built a heel that feels even more stable than its first lifting shoe, but is noticeably lighter and more flexible, making it much more versatile than lifting shoes of the past. This is the first weightlifting shoe that can easily be worn through a CrossFit workout.
The Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus is definitely the most stylish lifting shoe to date. Like other Reebok lifting shoes, the CrossFit Lifter Plus is available in a variety of colors. The women have some brighter colors to choose from. The men’s are fairly neutral (for CrossFit shoes). Right now, there is no option to customize these with your own colors, but since the customer can customize the older Reebok lifting shoes, the Lifter Plus may be on its way to being customized.
Reebok uses the U-Form technology so the shoe has the best possible fit on your feet. You actually microwave the shoe for a short period of time and then wear them so they mold to your feet. Lifting shoes should be very snug, so the Reebok Lifter Plus sets itself apart by having two velcro straps across the top, adding extra stability to your feet and ankles for your lifts. It’s recommended to get a half size smaller than your normal shoes, although I didn’t have that problem with my lifters. If you can find a Reebok store, it’s a good idea to try on the shoes before you order them.
When CrossFit athletes purchase lifting shoes, they typically get them for lifting: back squats, cleans, snatches, and general Olympic lifting. The Lifter Plus has a strong advantage over the rest of the weightlifting shoes on the market in that they are light enough and flexible enough to wear during a WOD. Generally, lifting shoes have been far too clunky to wear for anything but lifting, but many CrossFit athletes report that these are fine for double unders, box jumps, and burpees. They don’t beat the Nanos, but if the WOD prominently features lifting, with some other moves included, these should give you an advantage in the lifts.
When you’re trying to gain strength and set new PRs in your squats, presses, and Oly lifts, nothing beats a good weightlifting shoe. Reebok recognizes this but also understand the needs of the typical CrossFit athlete. How many shoes can we carry with us to the box? The Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus gives us the best of both worlds. The stability is comparable or better than many lifting shoes. But the added lightweight flexibility make it the most versatile lifting shoe around.