If you want to be the best, follow the best. Lifters like Kai Greene train religiously in specialised weightlifting shoes like the Ryderwear D-Mak. A pair of serious lifting kicks will offer you all the benefits of barefoot lifting, with the added bonus of greater power, support and stability. Here’s the science of strength. In comparison with barefoot training, lifting shoes are healthier on your back and knees, which can decrease your risk of an injury keeping you out of the squat rack. The flat sole also offers ultimate traction and grips to gym floors, keeping your legs stable and logged in when you’re going for a record-breaking lift. Wearing the D-Mak is a statement of intent, a symbol of your single-mindedness and a signifier of your entry into the serious lifter’s club.