Ivan and I would like to introduce the America’s to Stefan Botev Weightlifting shoes. These are fantastic, high quality shoes made in Bugaria, worn by actual Bulgarian lifters using the Bulgarin training system. Even lifters in Romania were seen sporting these shoes (they do over 600 reps per week!).
**See bottom of blog for detailed pictures; we also are offering leather weightlifting straps.**
It is our goal to bring a long needed alternative shoe brand– a high quality/highly durable brand that can endure over 20,000 repetitions per year. Please look at picture on right hand side of page of Sylvia and Nikolai. They are shown training in Botev shoes which are over 4 years old, over 20000 reps per year. Please also look at my Adidas weightlifting shoes for comparison; my shoes are 3.5 years old and see a meager 10,000 reps per year.
Perhaps, the best aspect of the shoes is Stefan Botev’s close involvement of the design and manufacture of the shoes. As multi-time Olympic medalist and World Champion weightlifter, he sought to create shoes from a weightlifter’s perspective. Over the years here are some features he incorporated:
1. Above all, made in Bulgaria and European Union to ensure high qulality. (not to mention, associated Euro working conditions)
2. The Textured rubber footing design has eveolved over years of lifter feedback. He even chose to import expensive rubber footing from Spain, as in this case, Spanish rubber has less slippage and longer life.
3. Botev, specifically, eliminated that annoying strap at the top of the shoe.
4. Lots of double stitching. Double stitching enables the leather outer to hold-up to the routine beating associated with training the Bulgarian way.
5. Inside of heal is lined with leather – not synthetic material. The intent is to mold nicely to the lifters heal, preventing heel of foot from sliding out of shoe.
Contact me or Ivan at 207 319 7607 or firstname.lastname@example.org
( I’m recommending you please email my netscape email. Many reported problems with the email@example.com address, perhaps its the “_” between “bittume” and “32″).