The Reebok Crossfit Lite TR was specifically designed for heavy lifting. This realization makes the fact Reebok put these shoes in their increasingly popular Crossfit line of products feel a little weird. My thought is Reebok tucked it in there because they felt the Lite TR would sell more due to the popularity of Crossfit products. There is a lot of misguided talk that the Crossfit Lite TR is a refurbishment of Chuck Taylor. While it can be diagnosed that the Crossfit Lite TR might have gotten its inspiration – unsurprisingly, because powerlifters love Chuck Taylor – there are notable differences between them.
The Reebok Crossfit Lite TR has insane grip, which is very convenient for most powerlifting exercises. The excellent traction leads to the required firmness and stillness required to optimize the benefits from activities such as deadlifting. This shoe does not feature a raised heel. This is only an issue for people who squat high bar and with a narrow stance.
The Crossfit Lite TR consists of Canvas, suede and/or leather. This is fully dependent on the buyer, as every bit of this shoe is fully customizable at the Reebok page. The sole is made of rubber and like most quality powerlifting shoes, the sole is flat and thin.The tongue has two loops of shoelaces hovering over it, to keep it firmly in place. This is one area where the Crossfit Lite TR gets one over the Chuck Taylors. The lagginess of the tongue on Chuck Taylors is often very frustrating and acts as a detriment to the aesthetic value of the shoes.
These shoes contain a wide toe box, making it more comfortable for folks with wide feet. This leaves more room in the toe box, making it more breathable. These shoes also offer the benefit of an easy-to-remove insole. This is especially helpful during pulls and deadlifts.
The colour is fully dependent on the person purchasing it at the Reebok online store. There is a variety of colours available for mix and match as people please. The Reebok Crossfit Lite TR fits true to size. They are also not as narrow as Chuck Taylors.
These shoes were made by some notable powerlifters for other powerlifters. It’s my number one recommendation for powerlifting footgear! It also provides great value, when factoring in aesthetics and its other features.