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    Ive been squatting in Adidas power lifts for years but wanna try a bit more heel. Are there any American made shoes out there? If not what do yall prefer? The power lifts are pretty low probably under .5 inch. Id like to try something g with at least .75. Thanks

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    I think my Do-wins are 3/4 in

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    Powerlifts are .6", Adipowers and Romaleos are .75", a little less than 1/10th" difference. Having used both, I prefer the .6" heel on the powerlifts, but that's just personal preference.

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    Keep in mind, too that heel height is only part of the picture, because there's sole thickness under the toe end, as well. You're really looking to compare the difference between those.

    I know Rogue lists the Do-Wins as having an "effective heel height" of 0.75" and "Heel-to-Toe Drop" of the same for their stacked leather sole model, so presumably that's what you're looking for.

    I've been using the plastic heel Do-Wins for over five years now, and have been happy with them. They're good for wide feet, which I have.

    Were I ordering again, I would err on the side of going up on size vs. down this time, because I can't manage certain thicker socks.

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    I've used both the plastic sole Do-Wins and now the leather soled ones. I didn't notice any difference in heel when I switched. So I'm going to say they are the same. Moved to the leather ones just to have a shoe that could be rebuilt a couple of times. Also the leather adjusts better to your foot. All that being said, the plastic ones are a damn good shoe.

    I'm getting ready to talk to my cobbler about resoling my leather ones. I'm being careful to not wear past the rubber and into the leather stack. I'll let everyone know what he ends up charging me and how it turns out.

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    Sounds good, Oso. Curious what you end up paying. Ive had my shoes resoled a number of times and prefer the neoprene that Rip describes here: Weightlifting Shoe Soles | Mark Rippetoe

    The main picture for the above article shows two soles side-by-side. The two-toned tan/black sole is the neoprene one by Vibram that I like a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oso Rojo View Post
    I've used both the plastic sole Do-Wins and now the leather soled ones. I didn't notice any difference in heel when I switched. So I'm going to say they are the same. Moved to the leather ones just to have a shoe that could be rebuilt a couple of times. Also the leather adjusts better to your foot. All that being said, the plastic ones are a damn good shoe.

    I'm getting ready to talk to my cobbler about resoling my leather ones. I'm being careful to not wear past the rubber and into the leather stack. I'll let everyone know what he ends up charging me and how it turns out.
    Did you notice any difference in the width between the two? When I started, I bought the plastic sole as I remember reading at the time that they were wider than the wood soles and I have 4E feet. But I'd much rather have the wood soles for longevity if possible.

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    To be clear, nobody makes a shoe with a wood sole. The heel block is the wood-part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Cox View Post
    Did you notice any difference in the width between the two? When I started, I bought the plastic sole as I remember reading at the time that they were wider than the wood soles and I have 4E feet. But I'd much rather have the wood soles for longevity if possible.
    Yes, I think the leather ones were a bit narrower. I think I used a shoe stretcher on them at first and then after wearing them a few times they were perfect. The advantage of leather shoes to me is how they can form to your feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BareSteel View Post
    Sounds good, Oso. Curious what you end up paying.
    I got mine done with the vibram neoprene for $90. I'm good to go for another couple of years. Note: I live on Long Island, so adjust the price for your market, hahaha.

    Another modification I made to mine is to change the laces. The orginal ones are way too long. I had to arrange them down the length of the tongue to trap them under the velcro strops. Just too long. I replaced them with 45" boot laces.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AK9EWIC...ils&th=1&psc=1

    These may be a bit short for some people but I like them out of the way of the straps.

    Some may ask about spending $90 rather than $130 to buy a new pair. Once you start buying better leather shoes you learn to appreciate that the shoe has molded to your foot. Also, often times you can get better quality soles in a re-sole than came on the shoes originally.

    My cobbler said the job was an easy one and that any decent cobbler should be able to do it, and no, he had never worked on lifting shoes before, hahaha.

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