Lifting shoes vs Chuck Taylors... what do you lift in? (315lb/143kg)
Weightlifting shoes, with their raised heels, allow for a much more upright torso position throughout the squat and is especially helpful for those with less ankle mobility attempting to hit beneficial depth without sacrificing form (which is always a no go!)
Flat shoes, like vans and chucks, are usually used in those with less ankle mobility, hip, hamstring, and glute dominant (as opposed to quad dominant). Often times seem with those looking to focus on big numbers (reasons why you see a lot of power lifters rocking chucks).
I’ve used both and honestly I think I’m starting to lean more towards chucks(as of now 😅). Not only because I’m looking to increase strength and numbers, but also because the squat form that comes with being 80% legs and no torso, seems to work better in chucks. Also less stress on my knees (I’ve had knee problems in the past). But there are people who defy the odds like @smith.julian who can do any squat at any depth with vans 🤷🏽♂️