Take a Look at Dmitry Klokov’s New Line of Weightlifting Shoes

2017 promises to have a lot in store for weightlifting superstar Dmitry Klokov.

Despite officially retiring from international competition in 2015, Klokov has been keeping extremely busy. He’s been hosting his own weightlifting contest known as the annual Klokov Power Weekend, he’s been serving as the President of the Russian Strength Sports Association, he started his own line of weightlifting equipment, and soon he’ll be releasing his own line of weightlifting shoes.

Note that these may not be the final product. Image via CROSSLIFTING силовое многоборье on YouTube.

In a new, 35-minute long video posted to his YouTube channel, Klokov goes behind the scenes in exhaustive detail to show the ins and outs of making your own line of weightlifting shoes. The video, most of which is subtitled in pretty decent English, covers a span of nine months and shows that Klokov himself is elbow-deep in the production process.

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He reveals that he’s been traveling to China to assess the quality of the manufacturing process, he visits a leather manufacturer, displays countless sketches of designs, and spends seven hours in a pornography-adorned carbon factory working on the material that will comprise the “W” on the side of the shoe. It looks like Klokov is seriously considering making the “W” (which appears to stand for “winner”) out of kevlar so that he’ll be selling “the world’s first bulletproof weightlifting shoes.” It’s a little hard to tell if he’s kidding.

Image via CROSSLIFTING силовое многоборье on YouTube.

He mentions Nike’s Romaleo line as one of his main competitors for the shoe, his desire to include insoles to “cure flatfoot,” and acknowledges that a lot of his fans hate the design. “According to comments, the shoes are lame and I agree with that, but we’re working on it,” says Klokov at the 7:55 mark.

As far as a release date goes, the only clue Klokov gives in the video is when he told his manufacturers that he’s “not in a hurry” to get the shoes to market, but we’ll keep you updated with any news.

Featured image via CROSSLIFTING силовое многоборье on YouTube.

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Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.