Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Review

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The Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men’s Weightlifting Shoe is now available – and here’s our hands on review.

Legacy Lifter 2 - Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok side view
The Reebok Legacy Lifter II is the 2nd version of Reebok’s premium Olympic weightlifting shoe. What’s new? What’s improved? Read on to find out…

This is the 2nd version of Reebok’s premium Oly weightlifting shoe – the Legacy Lifter.

How does this shoe compare to the original Reebok Legacy Lifter?

Or perhaps more importantly, how does it compare to the newly released Nike Romaleos 4 shoe?

That’s what we’ll cover in this hands on review.

Here’s some of the styles available now from Reebok.com:

Legacy Lifter II Men's Weightlifting Shoe (Black/White/Reebok Lee 7) Hit the platform in these men's lifting shoes. They have a textile upper for a breathable feel. The raised heel keeps you stable on the platform so you can set your new PR.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men's Weightlifting Shoes (Black/Chartreuse/Proud Pink) Here's a more colorful option - Black / Chartreuse / Proud Pink. Same great features, of course.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Women's Weightlifting Shoes (Black/White/Pure Grey 6) There are colorways for women too - this is Black / White / Pure Grey 6.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Women's Weightlifting Shoes (White/Black/Reebok Lee 7) Sometimes, all it takes is a solid base to start with. These women's lifting shoes give you exactly that. They're made with a raised heel to keep you in a stable squat at the platform. A textile upper and close fit support peak performance.
All-Day Performance Dress Sock (ALMI) Does the heel of your shoe fit slightly loose? Make up the difference with these workout socks that have a padded heel. That little bit of padding makes the difference between slightly loose to a perfect fit. These also have a grippy texture that works great with Oly lifters. As a bonus, this is a combination workout sock and dress sock - in one!

Let’s take a look at this new Oly lifter for CrossFit.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Video Review

Here’s a first look at the new shoe, from our YouTube channel:

As you can see, the Legacy Lifter II is an excellent weightlifting shoe – in fact, it was the runner-up in our test of the best weightlifting shoes for 2020.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe – Overview of Features

This is an Olympic weightlifting shoe – sometimes called a “lifter” or Oly lifting shoe.

There is a raised heel – to help you get deep with ease when lifting from the floor – or for squats.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok other side
Tall heel raise is the name of the game when it comes to Oly lifters. And this shoe will deliver. I estimate it to have a 22 mm heel to toe drop (Reebok has not published a number, but it seems to be identical to the previous version).

You could also describe this as having a “tall profile” – meaning there is a lot of heel to toe drop.

That’s shoe talk for the difference in height between your heel and your toes.

How much drop is there?

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok heel view
Another view showing the heel

We don’t know yet – because Reebok hasn’t published the number.

The original Legacy Lifter has a 22 millimeter heel to toe drop.

I can measure the heel height (using a ruler and a level) – and it’s the same. It’s harder to measure the toe height (because the upper is in the way).

But, it feels to me that it is likely the same – a 22 mm heel to toe drop.

This is solid, minimal cushion shoe – as you would expect

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok one side
There is not a lot of cushion in the outsole, midsole, or insole. This is a lifter -we want it to be solid as bedrock.

The outsole, midsole, and insole all have minimal cushion.

That’s OK – we do not want cushioning.

Instead we want a rock solid lifting foundation for our heavy lifts – squats, deadlifts, cleans, snatches, etc.

In comparison a running shoe has too much squishy rubber and foam – and that means the force we can apply to the floor bleeds away.

It’s just not efficient – so less cushioning is the way to go.

(The downside to this approach is that these shoes will be significantly heavier than your average pair of running shoes – but also heavier than your cross trainers too.

A men’s Size 11 (US) shoe weighs 23.3 ounces.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok heel closeup
What’s the heel made of? It’s a slick, shiny TPU. It’s very, very firm. It looks like it will stay nice for a long time – no scuffs or stains because of the slick, hard surface.

What’s that heel made of? It’s TPU.

TPU is a very firm plastic material – it adds density and stiffness.

Let’s look at the outsole (or sole).

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok outsole
The outsole is all-rubber, flat, and grippy.

It’s all rubber, flat, and grippy.

The inside of the midsole contains a stability plate too – at least that’s what the label says on the bottom.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok heel closeup
The outsole is all rubber – for max traction and grip – but inside there’s a full length TPU stability plate for extra firmness.

Reebok has gone big on the mid-foot strap.

There’s a single strap – and it’s quite wide, as you can see.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok strap undone
The midfoot strap is large and in the middle of the laces.

This is an expected feature of an Oly lifter shoe.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok strap and tongue closeup
The strap has Reebok on it (twice, for some reason) and uses hook and loop – which is velcro.

It ensures you can get the most secure fit possible – for a locked in feel.

(With the explosive lifts you don’t want your shoes slipping and sliding around on your feet.)

The upper is described as being “textile”, but most of it really is what I would call faux leather.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok upper closeup
Faux leather upper has perforations, but I wouldn’t call it super breathable.

Regardless, it is comfortable and supportive.

I would not describe it as breathable though.

The collar looks similar to the new Nano X. It’s comfortable and I get no heel slip in this shoe.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok exoframe closeup
The collar comes up high and bears a passing resemblance to that in the new Nano X. I get no heel slippage in this shoe.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II – Fit, Sizing, and Feel

OK, so how does sizing run on this shoe?

I’m calling it true to size. A Men’s Size 11 fits me fine. The width is good, and the length is a tiny bit long, but OK.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok side 1
The Reebok Legacy Lifter II runs true to size. Order your normal shoe size.

Therefore I recommend you order your normal shoe size.

How does it feel?

It’s an Oly lifter – it’s got the heel raise – and it’s rock solid stable.

In side by side testing, it’s nearly indistinguishable from it’s predecessor.

And that’s a good thing – because that was an excellent shoe.

Overall, these are great Oly lifters. Heel raise, supportive, firm and stable.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok heel 1
These are Oly lifters – and they don’t disapoint.

Here’s another tip for a perfect fit.

Does the shoe feel a bit loose in the heel?

Try socks with a padded heel – this can make the difference between a slightly loose feel and a perfect fit.

I can vouch for ALMI’s All-Day Performance Dress Sock as being a great match with these shoes – this is what I use.

All-Day Performance Dress Sock
The All-Day Performance Dress Sock has a padded heel – and it works great if the shoe has a slightly loose fitting heel. Everyone’s heel is shaped different – so these can help make up the difference. These are dual-purpose socks – wear them all day in the office – and use them in the gym!

Let’s compare them head to head to the original Legacy Lifter next.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Original

Now we’ll take a look at what is new and different with this shoe – as compared to the original Legacy Lifter shoe.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Side by Side 3
Let’s compare to the original Legacy Lifter.

Let’s start with upper – the part that covers your foot.

The original legacy lifter looked pretty busy – with all those straps and pieces wrapping around. These specifically are the Flexweave version of the shoe.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Side by Side 2
I like the upper on the new shoe better – it’s less busy, yet is still supportive. There’s just too much going on in the Legacy Lifter I.

In comparison, the upper on the Legacy Lifter II is more sophisticated and looks a lot cleaner – in my opinion.

The perforated faux leather upper has a lot less going on – and looks more streamlined.

Around the sides of the heel we can see that the TPU heel clip comes up higher.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Heel to Heel
That TPU heel clip comes up higher on the Legacy Lifter II (on the left). It’s not really a difference you can feel when you have the shoe on though – at least in my experience.

You might expect the taller TPU heel clip to enhance lateral stabillity – but I can’t feel the difference.

The outsoles are all-rubber. The shoe no longer has the drop listed on it.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Outsoles
The outsoles are all-rubber. Both have good grip.

Both have grip – and they are flat for maximum contact area (and therefore traction).

The heels are the same width.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter - heel to heel
The nice wide heel on both make for good side to side stability.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Side by Side on their Side
Overall the heel and outsole of both shoes are nearly identical. That’s OK – don’t mess with success.

And here’s a change that might be controversial – they’ve gone from two smaller mid-foot straps to one big one.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Side by Side 4
I liked the Legacy Lifter’s two straps – I felt like you could dial in the fit with more precision. One strap is not bad though.

I personally like having two smaller straps – one at the top, one at the bottom.

Why? Because you can get a more precise fit.

But you can see here that Reebok has gone with a single big and wide strap.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter Side by Side 1
Overall – these shoes are very similar. The Legacy Lifter II is an evolution, not a revolution.

Otherwise, it looks like they’ve kept a lot of the good features of the Legacy Lifter – this is definitely an evolution rather than a radical make-over.

As mentioned, both feel very similar underfoot.

The only difference that stands out – the forefoot flexibility is improved in the newer shoe.

If you can find the Legacy Lifter original on sale – that’s probably your best bet.

But, I do feel like the new shoe looks a lot better.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4

Here’s a more interesting comparison – how does the Reebok Legacy Lifter versus the Nike Romaleos 4 look?

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 side by side
Here’s the new for 2020 Nike Romaleos 4. It’s loud (literally), it’s bold – how does it compare to the new Legacy Lifter 2?

Here’s the Romaleos 4 – Nike has gone with flashy design – and a space-age look.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 heel side by side
The Romaleos 4 is a loud shoe. Why? That thinner plastic edge on the wide heel makes more noise when you walk or lift.

I was pleased to see the Romaleos go to two straps – versus the single that was on the Romaleos 3 XD.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 front side by side
I prefer the two straps on the Romaleos 4 – dial in it at the top and bottom, as you see fit.

Was Reebok’s move a net gain or loss? Check back in the future and we’ll weigh in.

I can say I’m pleased to see the extra TPU heel clip height on the Reebok – the Romaleos 4 definitely has the original Legacy Lifter beat in terms of lateral stability.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 heel side by side
Despite the new, higher TPU heel clip on the Legacy Lifter II – the Romaleos feels to have better side to side stability in my opinion.

The Nike Romaleos 4 is a 20 mm heel to toe drop – so it gives up 2 mm to the Reebok.

Honestly, 20 mm is enough heel raise for me though – and the extra 2 mm are hard to feel, in my opinion.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 Outsole
Both outsoles are all rubber. The Nike has a big cut-out in the center of the heel which robs it of some surface contact – but it still has great grip.

By the way, both of these shoes are in the $200 US range, so expect that to continue.

I prefer the premium cloth upper on the Romaleos 4 over the Legacy Lifter II. It looks better, it’s supportive, and it’s not any less breathable than the Reebok.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 - Rom 4 upper closeup
I like the upper on the Romaleos 4 – this cloth/textile looks sophisticated and it is supportive.

Biggest drawback of the Romaleos 4?

We mentioned it is a noisy shoe – so there’s that – but a lot of people don’t like the giant, over-sized swoosh.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 Side by Side
Many people aren’t liking the ostentatious swoosh logo on the Romaleos 4. It looks OK to me. But the Reebok is a more conservative, subdued look for sure.

Which one performs better?

I’ll be honest they are both $200 weightlifting shoes – and both are great.

I think it’s going to come down to which style you prefer.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 Heel view
Both are great shoes. I think it comes down to – which one looks better to you?

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe – In Summary

This new version of Reebok’s Legacy Lifter shoe is be available in the US as of July 1st, 2020.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok stacked
The Reebok Legacy Lifter II is an evolutionary improvement over the previous shoe. And it looks better – in my opinion.

There are some evolutionary tweaks and changes to the shoe – and it looks good too.

However, there’s not much to make someone want to upgrade if they already have the original Legacy Lifter shoe.

My recommendation is that if you are in the market for a new pair of shoes – these will be great for Oly lifting.

But otherwise, you might find a great deal on some original Legacy Lifters – and they are going to feel nearly identical underfoot.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Legacy Lifter More TPU Heel
Legacy Lifter 1 or Legacy Lifter 2? They are very similar. Which looks better to you? Which one can you get for a cheaper price? Those are probably your deciding factors.

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Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok Tongue Closeup
Closeup of the collar and tongue of the Reebok Legacy Lifter II.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe from Reebok top
Reebok Legacy Lifter II – new Olympic weightlifting shoe for 2020 from Reebok.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Versus Nike Romaleos 4 Front View
Nike Romaleos 4 versus Reebok Legacy Lifter II.