Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Review

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Reebok launched the 2nd version of the Reebok Legacy Lifter weightlifting shoe on July 1st, 2020.

It’s called the Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men’s Weightlifting Shoe.

Let’s check it out – and find out what this shoe is all about.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Heel View
The Reebok Legacy Lifter II is now available. Tall heel raise, solid and firm heel, and a midfoot strap – it’s an Oly lifting shoe.

We’ll have a full hands-on review here shortly thereafter.

How will this shoe compare to the previous Legacy Lifter, or the Nike Romaleos 4?

We’ll have a side by side comparison too.

Meanwhile, here are some of the styles that are coming:

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 (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.

Let’s take a look.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Review – From our YouTube Channel

Why read when you can watch? Here’s our hands-on review from our YouTube channel:

As you can see, this is a great Oly lifter for the year 2021 and beyond.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe – Overview

This is an Olympic weightlifting shoe.

It’s got a tall heel raise.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Side View
Oly lifters have lots of heel raise (thanks to the very solid heel.).

You could also describe this as having a lot of Heel to Toe Drop.

How much?

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

The original Legacy Lifter had a 22 mm heel to toe drop – so we expect this shoe to be similar.

Expect it to have a very firm midsole, outsole, and insole – there’s not going to be much of any cushion in these – because they are Oly lifters.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe All Rubber Outsole
Outsole – all rubber for maximum traction and grip – and it’s flat – with a lot of surface contact area.

We don’t want cushion – we want a rock solid lifting foundation – and no squishy rubber to bleed away the force we apply to the floor when lifting.

These shoes have a full-length TPU stability plate in the midsole too.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Sole Heel Closeup
There’s a full length TPU stability plate in the midsole. That means solid support from the ground up.

You can also see this shoe has a beefy mid-foot strap.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Strap
This version of the shoe has gone from two straps to one (larger) strap.

That’s a standard feature of an Oly lifting shoe – it ensures you get the best fit possible – for a secure locked in feel.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe – What’s New?

Let’s focus now on what appears to be new and different from the original shoe – the Reebok Legacy Lifter.

Reebok claims a textile upper on the new shoe. That means cloth. But, I’d describe as being faux leather. There are perforations for breathability.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Upper Closeup
New materials in the upper.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Exoframe
Other areas of the shoe (like the upper part of the heel) are some sort of cloth/textile.

Here’s a closeup. This is a different upper than the Flexweave that was used on some versions of the old shoe.

The TPU heel clip appears to come up higher around the heel. This likely means more lateral stability – we’ll have to wear them to say for sure.

You can see here that the TPU heel clip comes up high on both sides of the heel. That’s the new shoe on the left, and the original version on the right. That probably means improved lateral stability.

You can see that the shoe has gone from two mid-foot straps to only a single.

That’s an interesting choice – I prefer two individual straps because you can dial in the fit more precisely.

We’ll have to get hands-on to figure out whether this change is worthwhile or not.

Legacy Lifter 2
The new shoe is on the right – you can see the one strap centered in the laces, versus the two smaller straps on the original.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Updated

The Reebok Legacy Lifter II that you’ve known for excellent stability now comes in two different colors – Spacer Gray/Essential Gray/Black and Black/Orange Flare/True Gray 8. Its collar highlights 100% ETC anti-microbial lining (to lessen heat and scrape) and a complete foam lining with an Achilles pad for extra convenience.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men quarter right view pair
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men quarter right view pair

It has an anatomical shape with natural outlines for support, exquisite stability, and comfort. It is also evidently attractive and intensifies a workout look. The Reebok Legacy Lifter II is a lifting shoe that has most of the necessary features needed in weightlifting.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men quarter back view right
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men quarter back view right

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe – In Summary

The 2nd version of Reebok’s Legacy Lifter shoe is available in the US as of July 1st.

There are some evolutionary tweaks and changes to the shoe.

Looking for more versatile cross training shoes for the WOD? Check out our review of the Best CrossFit Shoes for 2021.

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Heel
The new shoe feels very similar to it’s predecessor.

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Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Other Side
The Reebok Legacy Lifter II – new for 2020.

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