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Old 08-19-2008, 05:09 PM   #1
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Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

Hi, All,

I have spent a bit of time reviewing old threads about the best shoes for CrossFit. My question is:

For the Olympic lifts, which is better......a high-top or low-top shoe? I am getting another pair of Converse All Star shoes (currently have their hi-top) and wondering if I should go low or high with the next ones......or does it matter? Not sure you get all that much ankle support from their canvas hi-tops anyway. (And FYI, I will be asking Santa for a pair of VS or Do-wins for Christmas, so "official" weightlifting shoes might be in my future.

Thanks for any/all input!

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Old 08-19-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

I'd go with the low-tops based on my theory that, generally speaking in this field, less is more.

Having said that, I wear high-top Chucks because that's what I'm used to and I am too stubborn to change it. Also, as a practical matter, the laces on the Chucks get pretty long over time, so if you go low-top you should probably confirm that they will stay out of the way, given that you'll be doing a lot of jumping and landing. And if you're getting weightlifting shoes soon, it might be better just to pick the style you would prefer for non-olympic-lifting purposes anyway.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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Re: Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

I wear high top chucks, and I kind of like the extra ankle support.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:12 PM   #4
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Re: Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

I would think that over time the high tops could possibly lead to lesser ankle strength. Along the same theory that atheletes whom always tape a joint deter strength development in that joint.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:59 PM   #5
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Re: Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

Don't lace the hightops all the way
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:03 AM   #6
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Re: Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

Thank you guys for all of your feedback!

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Old 08-21-2008, 11:36 AM   #7
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Re: Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

It's a comfort issue. You will get no substantial support from a High top Chuckie. The studies on basketball shoes show no significant increase in ankle support from high top shoes. Hell, just look at how many basketball players suffer ankle sprains.

I'm considering high tops only because I feel like my low tops will flip off the back of my heel sometime when I am running. Plus there are funkier designs with the high tops than the low tops.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:38 AM   #8
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Re: Converse All Star Shoes-Should I get High-Top or Low-Top?

I wear the low tops, and if anyone asks me at the globo gym, I just tell them I'd kick there *** at just about anything in some Chuck Ts. That usually ends the discussion.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:38 AM   #9
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+1 for funkier designs!
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