The Reebok Legacy Lifters were constructed and made with pure Olympic weightlifting at heart, making these shoes Reebok’s first true weightlifting shoe in a few time.

The Reebok Legacy Lifters were inspired by and created by making use of USA Weightlifting’s individual CJ Cummings, who won gold at the 2016 Youth World Weightlifting Championships (317kg total) and 2016 Junior World Championships, setting a Youth World Record clean & jerk of 182kg in the 69kg weight class.

But just how do they compare to other top models in the dedicated weightlifting shoe space?

JUST HOW MUCH Do the Reebok Legacy Lifters Weigh?
The Reebok Legacy Lifters shoe weight registers at 20.6 ounces, making them a few ounces heavier than Nike Romaleos and Adidas Leistungs.

While shoe weight might not exactly be something many lifters have considered before, lifters who’ve slower feet in the turnover of the snatch, clean, and jerk footwork might need to take the time to get accustomed to the few extra ounces. The added weight can also be beneficial when squatting moderate to heavier loads, in which a firm connection to the ground is critical to a good squat performance. Having said that, the added weight of the lifters may possibly also pose some potential issues with lifters who transition between strength and power sets and plyometrics jump training, as the added heel and weight could make them quite clunky.

Reebok Legacy Lifter Heel
Reebok Legacy Lifters Effective Heel Height
The effective heel height of the Reebok Legacy Lifters is .86 inches or 22 millimeters, that can be seen on the soles of the shoe.

While these have a near identical effective heel height in comparison with Romaleos and Adipowers, that is an upgraded height from previous Reebok lifters (Reebok Lifter TR has a powerful heel height of .61 inches or 15.5 millimeters). The elevated heel on the Legacy Lifters includes the advantages of an increased heel for squatting, snatching, and the clean and jerk.

Heel Construction
The Reebok Legacy Lifters have a difficult thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel, that is a lightweight non-compressible material often used for it’s sturdiness and resilience to abrasions.

Reebok Legacy Construction
TPU has been used as the typical for weightlifting shoes that aren’t designed with wooden heels, including the Nike Romaleos 3, Adidas Boost Technology, and these Reebok Legacy Lifters.

The width of the heel is 82 millimeters, supplying a relatively wide platform for the foot which can be helpful when squatting, pulling and performing heavier weightlifting complexes. The Legacy Lifters have a broad base with a heel cup, helping the ankle and foot stay static in place during maximal power and strength lifts.

Updated 6/18/18 – I’ve come to find that the soles of my Reebok Lifters have become undone, and are needs to separate from underneath of the shoe, mostly under the heel.

It is important to notice that I really do put my lifters through a whole lot of deterioration.

I have been trained in them for days gone by 1.5 years, doing formal weightlifting 5-6 days weekly and competing in local and national meets at least 4 times in them. I am a competitive lifter and train constantly (260 total at 88kg), and also have even used them extensively whilst travelling to Asia, around the united states, and Europe (so they are at the mercy of a lot of deterioration during travel).

While this doesn’t lead to any noticeable changes in my own lifts, it is a thing that I have noticed. Having said that, simply using glueing them would probably be a without headaches solution.

Upper Shoe Material
The Reebok Legacy Lifters are constructed of a perforated leather upper sole towards the toe box and mesh towards the ankle for added comfort and breath-ability. These shoes have a lttle bit of stiffness in the toe box and mid-foot (leather) with some added comfort and padded mesh around the ankles and heel. Lifters who could be transitioning from all leather construction could find the added padding and breath-ability beneficial during longer workout sessions. The snug fit around the heel and ankle originated from the overall flexibility of the mesh around the ankles, making them firm while training both heavy and explosive lifts.

Reebok Legacy Lifters Upper Shoe Material
Foot Straps
The Reebok Legacy Lifters has two foot straps for maximal lateral support. The first strap goes over the mid foot, as the second is located over the balls of your feet, while still enabling maximal toe-off through the Olympic lifts. The added strap can certainly help when planting the mid-foot in to the floor while slightly opening the hips (knees out and over toes), that could can cause some sliding in single strap shoes. Additionally, lifters who transition from the single strap shoes could find the shoe fits more snug and stays set up during more explosive lifts.

Additionally, the straps have a non-Velcro gap that, for me, is way better for the shoelaces to rest after in order that they aren’t destroyed throughout training.

Updated 6/18/18 – After a 12 months of hard trained in these shoes, I came across that the Velcro at the top foot straps became progressively more difficult to get the same snug fit I was accustomed too, since it would not hold any more. Now, this perfectly could be just a thing that has happened to my pair as I often am training and traveling 5-6 days weekly with them, but that is something to note.

Reebok Legacy Lifters Foot Straps
An Athlete’s Take
The below performance specs are based after the shoe construction and my own experience (training and competing) while wearing these shoes.

I have been trained in wood-heeled, all leather Risto Sports shoes, however previously I was trained in the Reebok Lifter Plus (12 months) and also have worn trained on / off in Romaleos and Adipowers. With regard to deciding how these shoes build up for intermediate and advanced weightlifters, during this review my snatch best was 116kg and clean and jerk best was 137kg at 87kg body-weight.

For beginners and/or lifters transitioning from non-weightlifting shoes, these shoes is a drastic upgrade from your own previous cross-training footwear.

Very Solid Base for Lifting

The Reebok Legacy Lifters offered superior support from some of my previous shoes during the past 3 years (both pairs of my Risto Tiburons, Reebok Lifter Plus, and Nike Romaleos).

First, the shoe weight was noticeable as I commenced to transition from my lighters shoes, however I desired the added weight and sturdiness as I planted in to the ground during squats, pulls, and obtaining snatches, cleans, and jerks.

While some lifters could find the excess shoe weight to become a negative, I urge them to be faster with their feet, and determine if indeed they truly usually do not want the excess weight.

More Upright in Squats and Snatches

The heel was noticeable as I transitioned from the Risto Tiburons and Reebok Lifter Plus. As the Reebok Legacy Lifters have the same effective heel as the Romaleos, I had spent days gone by 16 months in significantly less of a heel (Ristos and Reebok Lifter Plus). Almost quickly I could hit more upright squats and snatch positioning, which took time to get accustomed to. After a couple weeks in these .75 inch heels, I felt more stable and upright in practically all the weightlifting movements.

Minimal Sliding of the Foot in Shoe

From the single strap weightlifting shoe, I must say i liked transitioning back again to the double strap. First, I haven’t felt this “buckled down in my own Ristos and/or Reebok Lifter Plus shoes since I started wearing them. Secondly, understanding that my foot has zero capability to slide forward and/or laterally during heavy and explosive lifts makes each of the difference, both mentally and physically.

Reebok Legacy Lifter Stability
Offered Needed Stiffness for Heavier Lifts

While some have already been saying that the toe box is stiff (because of the leather), I’ve found the excess stiffness to keep my foot stable during explosive movements. Most noticeable may be the stiffness during jerks, as I’ve come to essentially like having less overall flexibility in the toes, as Personally i think that my previous wood-heeled all leather shoes (Ristos) and the Reebok hybrid weightlifter (Lifter Plus) both allowed for an excessive amount of foot wiggle during jerks and heavy squats.

Modern Design and Color Schemes

When I first opened my couple of black and gold Reebok Legacy Lifters, the sunlight hit the heels and cast a gold-light after my squinted eyes. I’ve received many comments (mostly positive, I believe) about the superior design upgrades that Reebok has made out of the Legacy Lifters, but also how these shoes have grown to be the main movement for modernized, well-designed weightlifting shoes.

The Nike Romaleos 3 and Reebok Legacy Lifters have really caught my eye as a few of the most beautiful works of craftsmanship and performance, nevertheless the NOBULL Midnight Blue Lifters are making a solid case as well!

Truly an Olympic Weightlifting Shoe

For all your reasons above, I must say i do feel Reebok has made a statement with these shoes. The construction is solid, the added stability and sturdiness is highly good for heavy squats and cleans, and the heel construction (height, width, and heel cup support system) is a fantastic upgrade from my other previous lifters (Ristos, Lifter Plus, and even older versions of Nike Romaleos). The Reebok Legacy Lifters are truly an Olympic weightlifter’s shoe.

Reebok Legacy Lifter

Reebok’s signature weightlifting shoe that delivers a solid TPU heel and double mid-foot straps for security.

Not the very best for Hybrid Workouts

As the above benefits can cause some very nice advancements in one’s strength and power, the Legacy Lifters could find its limitations with regards to the versatility of non-weightlifting training. The added weight and support systems make the shoe inflexible and heavy, that can be detrimental during jumping and other multi-modal fitness WODs (box jumps, jump ropes, rowing, running, toes to bar, etc.) Therefore, if you’re an operating fitness athlete who’s potentially seeking to grab a couple of Legacy Lifters to use during class WODs, I would recommend bringing another couple of cross-training shoes to swap into after main strength and power segments (the Legacy Lifters will be better for squatting, pulling, and heavier barbell complexes).

Could Alter Pulling and Squatting Mechanics

While I came across the heel height to be good for my lifts, I did so notice it took a couple weeks to discover how to receive snatches and cleans in a far more upright position, as I often would need to sit back and readjust in underneath of the snatch/clean.

Final Word
Overall, the Reebok Legacy Lifter IS a “true” weightlifting shoe for the strength athlete. It’s as heavy – actually slightly heavier – than other dedicated models from Nike and Adidas, and the size, heel height, and construction give it an extremely solid believe that keeps you feeling linked to the bottom. While I came across it best for the Olympic lifts and squatting, lifters who don’t such as a heavy shoe or want something with an increase of versatility for conditioning workouts may prefer a lighter model.

Lifters switching to the Reebok Legacy Lifter from a lower-heeled shoe ought to be prepared to have a few weeks to adapt to the added heel height; the added flexibility could bring about some weakness and lack of control towards the end ranges.

Additionally, some lifters could find that they have to modify their setup somewhat to adapt for more vertical positioning as a result of added ankle flexibility.

Editors note: This article can be an op-ed. The views expressed herein will be the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have already been sourced exclusively by the writer.

Reebok Legacy Lifter
$199.99

Pros
Solid TPU Heel
Double Strap Security
Leather Finish
Cons
Heavier Shoe
Somewhat Expensive