Turns out I am not the only one with super poor ankle flexibility.
Look at the heels in this photo below of Su Dajin. Thanks to Kari Kinnunen a.k.a. Wonderlifter for letting me post it here.
That looks like it’s about the same heel elevation I need at the moment (I squat with oly shoes + heels on small plates because of poor ankle flexibility).
Now where can I get these add ons? Does anybody of you use something similar?
Update: Stuart tweeted
I put 1cm cork heel inserts in my oly shoes have worked wonders! £5 on amazon!
I used to raise my heels with proheel orthotic inserts inside my shoes obtained cheaply from a physio shop… it worked well for a while but long term, I found it more beneficial for my lifting to improve my ankle flexibility.
Update: Rogue Has those Inov8 Heel Raisers in Stock. Might be worth a try.
Via Pendlay Forum
Update: Here is a close up photo.
Update: Lots of elevated heels have been spotted at the 2013 Worlds. See for example Bahador Moulaei’s shoes here.
Sam McLoughlin says
Tom Martin adds something on to his shoes
He went to a cobblers and got some lining that they use for new soles, if i believe rightly. He then cut it to shape and put that in. Never had a problem myself…i dont think. Stuff like this makes me think, ill definitely leave it for now though 🙂
I live in the UK and just went to Timpson’s – a shoe repair shop – and asked them to alter my lifting shoes by raising the feel. They added a cork-style material to them, and although they’ve worn and torn over the years, my shoes and their heel still work fine. Might be a cheap way to get this done!
I have to check if I can find a show repair shop nearby.
I just catch wider, Been working on ankle flexibliity forever and notice little difference. It sucks but this heels would probably hurt my already weak knees more. When I first started I couldn’t even squat though but hip flexibility improved quickly compared to ankle flexibility.
Yep, ankles improve a lot slower than hips. It’s because hips have more muscle mass which is quicker to adapt compared to ligaments and tendons in the foot.
You won’t lenghten your tendons anyway! You rather should stretch in different angles to dissolve your issues. I made the best progress when stretching without pain.
Greg Russo says
I use these and they are great. Give me almost another half inch and can be cut to fit your shoe and you can peel the layers to pick your specific height.
These look nice, thanks.
Awesome, thank you for the idea! I am a very tall lifter and have issues with ankle mobility. Nice post 🙂
Shitty razor sharp eleiko knurling, poor guy
They should learn it doesn’t help your grip if it’s so sharp it cuts your skin off…
You guys really need to work on your Achilles. Get in the hole position, barefoot or with some minimalist shoes and put a heavy kettlebell (15-30kg) on top of your knee and you’ll feel it stretch really nicely. Do it on both sides obviously every day. You’ll notice one side is usually tighter.
any capable cobbler should be able to do this for you. I’d wager a guess that the wedge is easier to add (or if not easier than at least more inconspicuous) to shoes that have a solid heel (say, PP2s, ironwork 2’s and the like) than for shoes that have all these bells and whistles like adipower and the romaleos.
A shoe repair shop added 1 cm heels on my shoes.. I just showed them an example photo and they knew what to do… 🙂
The problem with this is that i would imagine it’s hard to change. I wish there was a way to ” try on” different heel heights and see which was best. Also, what if you gain flexibility and want to go back to normal?
Greg do you know where oly shoes with extra elavated heels can be purchased? Or do they have to be customized ourselves at our local cobblers?
You have to use a local cobbler for now.
Tamás Kalmár says
Got mine from the cobbler a couple of days ago. I am going to use it for now, but I am thinking of buying the new MA Strength shoes which have 3.5 cm high heels. Although they are very ugly.