When lifting heavy weights, most people are more concerned with how much they can put up rather than what’s on their feet. But good lifting shoes help build the literal base for making those gains. As Wirecutter staffers who lift can attest, weight-lifting shoes don’t have to be loaded with fancy footwear technology or slapped with a high price tag. We’ve found that classic, flat-soled Converse Chuck Taylors are comfortable and effective.