Check Out These Nike Weightlifting Shoes from 1987

While we’re waiting for the Nike Romaleos 3 to drop (supposedly later this year), USA Weightlifting is feeding our weightlifting shoe fix by taking it old school — as in, 29 years ago old school.

Yesterday, USA Weightlifting’s Instagram account put out this throwback to Summer 1987, when the USAW Magazine featured a black-and-white add for two models of Nike weightlifting shoes. One high top and one low cut, each model featured prominent Nike branding that’s still familiar to wearers today.

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Check out the post below; would you rock these on the platform?

And while the add is nearly 30 years old, the shoes themselves honestly don’t look that much different than some of the more popular models today. Raised heel, one or two straps across the top, curved toe box — despite advances in technology, the footwear that grounds feet-to-platform remains fairly consistent in design.

We’re guessing they didn’t come in many color options beyond, well, sneaker-white. But if anyone still has a pair hanging around, it’d be a power move to wear these bad boys in competition someday soon.

Featured image: @usa_weightlifting on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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