Reebok Legacy Lifter

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The Reebok Legacy Lifter is a shoe specifically intended for weightlifting. Don’t expect to run or jump around in these. They are bricks for the feet, but this is intentional. A solid build helps lifters maximize their capabilities and helps encourage proper form. The heavy lifting shoe keeps wearers stuck to the ground and keeps them stable so they can focus on form and hitting those PR’s. The Reebok Lifter is unlike other shoes in the category. It’s a lot heavier than the rest and features an aggressive heel to toe drop. The design itself is not just classy, it’s well thought out. The Lifter is an excellent choice for the dedicated weightlifting aficionado.

Pros
  • Heavy (also a con)
  • Very supportive
  • Extremely stable
  • Convenient velcro strap system
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Attractive design
  • True to size for most
  • Provides great balance
Cons
  • Heavy
  • A little too narrow for some
  • Expensive
  • Not very versatile
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Legacy Lifter is composed of very resistant, grippy rubber. This grippy substance keeps wearers glued to the ground while lifting to prevent uncertain movements. You'll also notice that the outsole flares out from beneath the shoe. This is another stability element that keeps the shoe from moving when planted on the ground.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole isn't much of anything. Lifting shoes don't need to be cushioned or padded since they are meant to be worn for lifting weights. Impact protection isn't a number one priority of Olympic lifters. The Reebok shoes, therefore, don't really have any midsole components that are worth mentioning. Likewise, you wouldn't wear these shoes for other activities as they are simply too heavy and clunky for anything other than lifting. Some users pointed out that they appreciated the support provided by the removable insole.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper is composed of leather and features perforations to help with air flow. Inside, there's an Ortholite sockliner, which helps keep the interior dry and free of smells (since it's antibacterial). The upper features Flexcage technology, too. This tech consists of velcro straps that help with side to side support and allow users to customize the fit at the top of the shoe.

Users appreciated the super locked-down fit that the double-strap system provided. They also liked the stylish leather upper, commenting on its design and breathability. Users found the shoe true to size and very snug, which helped to eliminate movement.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Legacy Lifter is incredibly heavy. Even compared to other weightlifting shoes, said reviewers.

The women's version weighs about 20.28 ounces and the men's 20.6 ounces. And you thought some running shoes were heavy! These take the cake, but it's part of the package. The shoes are intentionally brick-like. The heavyweight ensures users are grounded even when lifting super heavy. This prevents movement that might cause form to suffer and allows lifters to gain additional leverage and lift heavier than they might without proper lifting shoes.

Users agreed that the heavier weight means that the Reebok shoe provides better stability than other comparable lifting shoes. Wearers felt their form improved when wearing the shoe as well.

The weight helps with lifting, but it also makes the shoe a poor choice for other activities. It's not a cross training shoe and it's definitely not an appropriate choice for CrossFit. If the bulk of your workouts consist of heavy lifting, the Reebok brand shoe is a decent choice. Otherwise, you might find it more useful to invest in a shoe that's a little more versatile.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Despite a tough leather upper, the Reebok Lifter is fairly breathable according to reviewers. The leather is dotted with holes to encourage air circulation and the interior features an Ortholite sock liner than wicks sweat away from the foot to promote a dry interior environment.

Reviewers felt the Lifter was easy and comfortable to wear and felt the shoe provided enough ventilation.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The majority of reviewers found the Reebok shoe very comfortable. The heavyweight might take some time to get used to, but otherwise, it's a perfectly comfy shoe for lifting purposes. The upper is perforated and breathable. The velcro strap system allows for total customizability of fit and users also found the shoe was true to size. In the midfoot area, wearers are treated to a bit of arch support thanks to the removable insole.
Style
Style

Style

The Reebok Lifter is a classically designed shoe. Available in various two-toned color styles, the lifting shoe is heavy but doesn't look it at a glance. The clean design is easy to wear with any outfit at the gym. The subtle dual-toned design is available in black/white, black/gold, neon/black, white/red, and more. It's not a shoe you'll be wearing for many outings since it's so heavy, so take your pick of style and go with it without having to worry about how you look outside your workout space.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This is one tough lifting shoe. The rubber outsole is highly resistant. The heel is made of stiff, solid TPU material. The velcro straps are quality made and won't fray or rip easily. The leather upper is also likely to last a long time.

The Reebok Lifter is very solidly constructed. The shoe provides aggressive stability and support for lifting thanks to its heavy weight. Its bulk isn't just for keeping grounded, though. The heavy-duty shoe is not likely to break down quickly. Despite its very specific use case - lifting - it will last a long time and users will get their money's worth.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Reebok Lifter protects users from slipping and moving during heavy lifting activities. The super heavy package firmly plants lifters on the ground and the supportive design, velcro straps and all, ensures there is no movement as one moves through a lift. The stack height helps users with form as well. The entire construction of the Reebok Lifter ensures that lifters are protected from excess movement and poor form.

This is a lifting shoe, so there's no midsole cushioning to protect from impact but this is not necessary. The heavy shoe isn't likely to be used for anything other than lifting.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

There is very little that's responsive about the Reebok Lifter. It's not a running shoe, so there isn't any bouncy foam midsole, nor is there much flexibility to provide a springy heel to toe transition.
Support
Support

Support

The Reebok Lifter is an incredibly supportive shoe. The Flexcage technology ensures that users are firmly locked into the lifting shoe. The leather upper features velcro straps that can be adjusted to get the perfect fit.

Reviewers found that the Lifter's narrow design helped ensure a supportive fit. Users remarked that they didn't feel any slippage when lifting heavy. They also liked the convenient velcro strap system. Some users also mentioned that they appreciated the subtle amount of arch support provided by the removable insole.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Where should you use these? At the gym. They aren't meant to be used outdoors and are barely functional for going to and from the gym. They're too heavy for that. The Lifters are best used in the gym for heavy lifting. If you're looking for a more versatile shoe for CrossFit purposes or crosstraining, this is not at all a good choice.
Price
Price

Price

The Reebok Lifter is quite expensive, which some users were eager to point out. The design is beautiful and the construction features exceptional attention to detail but the shoe is heavy. The heft works well for lifting purposes but it's a poor choice for other activities. Even just walking around feels wrong in the Lifter. For those who lift on a regualr basis, the Reebok shoe is an excellent investment that can help users lift more and get the right form when doing so. For those who only lift heavy occasionally, the shoe is an expensive investment. Granted, the Reebok Lifter is super durable, so you won't be replacing them every few months like a running shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

While you won't be running around in the Reebok Lifter, the shoe provides incredible traction. A grippy outsole ensures lifters are well grounded when working with heavy weights. The weight of the shoe, combined with the ultra-grippy outsole, helps users perfect form and lift heavier weights. The outsole is made up of very strong, tacky rubber for extra high-quality traction. The outsole is also wider than the rest of the shoe so that it flares out at the bottom. This is not just a design feature. This extra width adds stability and helps with overall traction.

Reviewers were impressed with the amount of traction they got out of the Reebok Lifter. Most said that the Lifter just didn't budge when lifting. Reviewers also noted that the shoe's grippy sole helped them with balance when lifting.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Nope. Nothing flexible to see here. The Reebok Lifter is rigid, bulky, and stiff. It all sounds kind of bad, but that's exactly what you want in a lifting shoe. The solid Lifter is perfect for harnessing power to lift heavy and stay grounded when trying to beat PRs.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Looking for a super stable shoe for Olympic lifting? Look no further! The Reebok Lifter is incredibly stable. How does it do it, you ask? First, there's the super grippy outsole made of a sticky rubber compound that provides ultimate traction. This is the first defence against slipping. The ultra-grippy outsole keeps wearers planted in place.

Then, there's the flared out design of the outsole. This enhances stability and keeps lifters balanced. The flared design also helps with lateral stability.

Then there's the aggressive heel to toe drop. The TPU heel is built-up so that the foot sits at a pretty severe angle. The angle is just right so as not to compromise stability and helps wearers lift with better form.

What else provides stability? The fit of the upper, of course. It's slightly narrowed in so the fit is pretty tight. This prevents there from being too much movement inside the shoe. Some users did find the narrowness a little off-putting but most were happy with the stability it provided. The velcro Flexcage technology is another component that helps users adjust the fit to get the right amount of support and stability for their needs.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Reebok Lifter features an impressive heel to toe drop of 22mm. That's super high, but again it's intentional. The severe geometry helps users to get higher up on their heels, which helps with form. Better form means less potential for injury and a better capacity and ability to lift heavier.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- 22mm drop height
- Extra grippy rubber outsole
- Wide outsole for increased stability
- TPU heel
- Velcro straps included in Flexcage technology for support and stability
- Ortholite sock liner wicks moisture
- Leather upper with perforations for air circulation
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Reebok Lifter is meant to be used for lifting and that's it. For crosstraining or CrossFit, it's best to look for another option. This shoe is for serious lifters who want to maximize their power output, lift heavier, and ensure they are doing so with good form.

The aggressive drop height, sticky rubber outsole, and flared design, ensure wearers get the maximum amount of stability. The heavy shoe keeps users firmly planted in the earth while they lift to prevent movement and increase confidence.

The shoe is definitely heavy, so it's ultimately meant to be worn just for lifting at the gym (or wherever you prefer to do so). It's a solid investment for the lifter interested in maximizing gains and hitting personal records.