4. Pedestal Footwear 1.0
Best for: weightlifting
Whether you’re new to resistance training or have a decade or more of solid training under your (lifting) belt, you’ve probably mulled over the prospect of ditching your shoes in favor of barefoot lifting. But don’t be the guy leaving sweaty footprints everywhere you go and subjecting other gym goers to your gnarly dinosaur feet—wear a pair of Pedestal Footwear 1.0 (their new iteration, 2.0, is available for pre-order). The socks are the stuff of weightlifters’ dreams: A rub-resistant material sticks to the toe and heel (helping to stabilize ‘impact zones’ during squats and other major lifts), as well as super-durable silicone grips that dot along the base of your feet to really let you dig into the ground as you set up and drive into your lift. We like the mid-calf length. Style aside, they can also shield your shins from scraping against the bar during deadlifts. Slip them off when you’re done with your big lifts. As you can imagine, they’ll stick stubbornly to the inside of your shoes.
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