Ah, shoes. Throughout time shoe function has evolved from basic foot protection to highly researched wearable technology. Companies promise improved performance via thermoplastic polyurethane foam, air cushion pockets, and microengineered flyknit. However, since the time of bellbottom jeans weightlifting shoes have not changed much in design. When participating in CrossFit, it is common to see a variety of shoes, but what makes one shoe more superior than another? The goal of this blog is to give you some basic history and science concepts of how weightlifting shoes can possibly be of benefit.