Shoes are vital to one's fitness goals. Whether one is focused on lifting or running, the right pair of shoes will make a positive impact. My current focus is on lifting weights and gaining size but once upon a time I was on a serious running kick. I've ran countless races, 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. I only ever ran one full marathon and it's not something I plan on doing again but I am glad to have experienced the training leading up to it and race day of course.
When weightlifting, I find a flat minimal soles work best for me. There's a variety of shoes made for weightlifters but I always find myself going back to Chucks. The Converse Chuck Taylor Allstar's original and mostly unchanged shoe has stood the test of time and they are no strangers to the gym. Additionally they are priced very reasonably considering their comfort and seemingly endless lifespan. High tops, low tops, doesn't matter but I do prefer high top chucks when lifting. They give me a flat stable stance when doing any of the big lifts, squats, deadlifts, overhead press, even bench press. I feel more grounded and secure when wearing chucks. Thicker soled shoes have too much "squish" and movement in them and they affect my ability to drive and grind through the movements. These chucks are my daily drivers. There are many colors and styles available but these particular ones have served me well over the years. Take a look below and see if any of these shoes suit you.