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Weightlifting and amazing sport…just how amazing?

We hear all the time that weightlifting is the most amazing, fast and powerful sport..

Exactly how fast is it and how powerful is it?

Very fast and powerful indeed..

Elite lifters’ velocity could reach :

Snatch

80 % 160-170 Meters per second

100% 130-140 Meters per second

Jerk

100% 250-270 Meters per second …Wow!!!!!

As far as power we use watts and in the following chart you can compare the Olympic lifts with classic lift such as Deadlift, bench press,etc..

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How to pick the best Risto Sports weightlifting shoe for you!

So, congratulations, you have decided to buy a pair of Risto Weightlifting shoes, much like the many great lifters before you. And, now, you have a dilemma- what model should you get?

This is a short description of how to pick the best Risto Sports weightlifting shoe. Let’s cover what’s the same about each shoe, what is different, and how you might downselect.

  1. What’s the same about all the Risto weightlifting shoe models

Every shoe model is made of the highest quality materials of any weightlifting shoe in the entire market.  Leather upper, solid wood heel, and some models have carbon fiber eyelets (that’s way more high tech than a plastic-vinyl shoe).

Every shoe is made by the highest industry shoemaking process- ie Italian shoemaking practices.

We are dedicated to making the shoes in the America’s and doing our best to ensure they are made by fair trade standards. Simply put, this is a guilt-free buy that actually improves the world’s economy.

Actual weightlifters of ALL levels wear them and give design input. This is lifters from the Olympic medalist/ world champion level to the beginner level.

An actual rocket scientist analyzes material selection for best force transfer from the shoe to the platform- so you can lift more weight effectively!

By far the best deal on the market– Most of the models are actually less expensive than the latest top end models offered by that brand with the 3 stripes and that brand with the swoop. And, our shoes are more expensive to make (hand carved wood heels take a lot more skill to make than injection molded plastic heels) .

Every pair has charachter as they are hand made.

2. What’s different between the models:

The table below highlights the standard features of each of the models. This information is as of November 2016.

In a nutshell:

  • We have low top shoes and high top boots.
  • We have 3 standard heel heights, all of which are optimized for the lifts they are intended for.
  • We have one model that uses suede only for comfort reasons.
  • We have models with more ornate leather work and colors.
  • Some shoes are fully stocked for all the holidays (Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus), some are made to order

Here is the table in all its glory:

Model Features What its used for Is it in stock Price Range
Tiburon Models

Includes Tiburon I and II and all color selections

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole.

Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size. Leather strap secures with velcro

 

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Yes, this model is stocked for the 2016 holiday season. Sizes shown on the drop down menu are the sizes available for immediate shipment. $140-160, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
Olimpico models

Includes all colors selections

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Extra leather protective barrier lining front of toebox Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to end of midsole between insole and outsole.

Heel height* is around 1.3”, just above 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size. Leather strap secures with velcro

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Gives a little more heel than the tiburon for those who want even more quadracep engagement.

Yes, this model is stocked for the 2016 holiday season. Sizes shown on the drop down menu are the sizes available for immediate shipment. $150-170, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
0.5 inch shoes 0.5 inch heel, roughly .25 inch effective heel. All Leather upper, solid wood heel. Perfect for followers of starting strength. Powerlifters who do low bar squat. Typically, made to order. Some sizes are in stock $149- 180, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
0.5 inch Russian boots 0.5 inch heel, roughly .25 inch effective heel. All Leather upper, solid wood heel. High top. Perfect for followers of starting strength. Powerlifters who do low bar squat. Typically, made to order. Some sizes are in stock $149-180, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
Suede shoes All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole.

Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size. Leather strap secures with velcro

 

Extremely comfortable and easy to break-in.

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Yes, this model is stocked for the 2016 holiday season. Sizes shown on the drop down menu are the sizes available for immediate shipment $140-170, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
Russian Boots All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole. Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size.

Metal buckle strap (no Velcro)

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Made to order. Popular sizes in stock. $200-250

Similar price to competitor’s weightlifting shoes

PowerBodybuilding shoes by Mike O’Hearn Designed by lengendary bodybuilder, Mike O’Hearn himself.

Only shoe with two straps.

Highest grade leather, extra padding in ankle. High top.

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole. Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size.

Metal buckle strap (no Velcro)

Perfect for bodybuilders. Especially designed for followers of powerbodybuilding – or people who want both size and incredible strength. Made to order. $280-380, high end shoes, similar pricing to designer shoes
Tom Platz boots Designed by Tom Platz, the Golden Eagle, himself. Highest grade leather. Exquisite detail. High top.

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole. Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size.

Metal buckle strap (no Velcro)

Best for squats, bodybuilders, and followers of Tom Platz. Made for building incredible legs. Made to order. Limited sizes in stock $290-$400, high end shoes, similar pricing to designer shoes
Custom shoes in rio, olimpico or Tiburon models Same features as the Russian boots. Color of boot and heel height fully customizable. Extra width may have additional charge. Same as above. Great for creating your own unique style. Made to order. $250-290, much cheaper than other leather customized shoes
Custom Russian Boots Same features as the Russian boots. Color of boot and heel height fully customizable. Extra width may have additional charge. Same as above. Great for creating your own unique style. Made to order. $270-300, much cheaper than other leather customized shoes

3. How to downselect to the best model for you:

  • First, determine what you will use the shoes for
  • Then find a shoe model with a similar description in “what it’s used for”
  • Then look at which heel heights you prefer
  • Then decide which models offer the colors you like most
  • Tiebreaker- if you want shoes sooner than later, pick a stocked model or partially stocked model. If time is no concern to you (ie you want to wear out your current shoes to the last threas), then get something made to order.

See, fun and easy!

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at gwens[at] ristosports[dot]com.

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