View Full Version : Any opinions the Werksan Do Win shoes?

Bobby Spencer
02-14-2007, 02:07 PM
The finances will not, for the moment, allow me to spring for the Adidas Ironwork or Adistars. I was wondering if anyone can comment on the quality of the Werksan shoes. I know their equipment and name has a great deal of respect in the PL community.

Greg Everett
02-14-2007, 02:17 PM
I love them. The uppers are softer and fit my feet better, they're lighter, the heel is slightly taller (good for me with long legs and limited ankle ROM from injury), and they, unlike my Adidas, didn't start falling apart after a week of use.

Pierre Auge
02-15-2007, 05:48 AM
contact Glenn Pendlay he sells the DooWin shoes with a slightly higher heel as well. I believe but may be mistaken that he sells them for $85.00. I'm wearing a pair right now in between sets of snatches and they are very comfortable and super well made.

Can't beat em in my opinion.

his number is 1 940 224 9841 he'll answer all your questions.

Bobby Spencer
02-15-2007, 07:05 AM
Thanks, gentleman. I am happy that I will be saving about 200 bucks on lifting shoes. Werksan also sells them directly from their website but, if your reference is better, Pierre, in terms of customer service and support, he has my business. BTW, we are talking about the leather Do Wins and not the suedes, right?

Dave Van Skike
02-15-2007, 09:13 AM
I got as pari of the VS athletics from website of same name. I suspect they are re-badged do wins. same look as far as I can tell. Heels are TALL. I've never had oly shoes/squat shoes whatever but I have lifted in boots adn these are by far the best things since Chuck t's, except the heel takes some getting used to.

Yael Grauer
02-28-2007, 08:48 PM
BTW, we are talking about the leather Do Wins and not the suedes, right?

Actually I'd love to know the difference between them if anybody knows--I know the suede are about twenty bucks more, and they look pretty sweet but seem like they wouldn't last as long.

Yael Grauer
03-01-2007, 04:50 PM
OMG, I just realized what I did!


Bobby Spencer
03-02-2007, 10:04 AM
I am still pondering picking up a pair of the Do Wins. Probably in the next month or so, I'll order some. I also noticed that the suedes cost more. Even if there is a difference in quality that warrants the higher price, I still don't think I could lift in some suede shoes. That's a no-no!

Pierre Auge
03-03-2007, 08:03 PM
I refer to the suede DoWin's!

Yael Grauer
03-03-2007, 10:29 PM
I ordered the suede ones because they're perty.

Bobby Spencer
03-27-2007, 12:59 PM
After about 2 weeks of lifting, I am quite pleased with my suede blue Do-Wins. Squatting feels completely different and right with them. I do not know if it is a rebound effect, better stability,or whatever you call it, but I swear that my cleans feel stronger and more crisp with the shoes. And I know, at first, I was against suede but they do look super-cool. These are good quality and, most importantly, affordable shoes. I plan on starting Rippetoe's Intermediate or Advanced program in about 2 weeks and I recommend these to anyone wishing to do likewise or start a OL program.

I strongly believe in the importance of the proper, specfic footware for daily activities, orthopedic problems and athletics. Most people just go for the softest most affordable shoe and I often see people wearing the wrong shoes for the wrong activities. I have even seen foot problems in the 12 and 13 year olds I coach.

Chris Forbis
03-27-2007, 04:39 PM
How's sizing on these? Dress shoe size?

Bobby Spencer
03-27-2007, 05:18 PM
I went 1/2 size smaller than what I wear for my athletic shoes. I buy my Nikes in 12. From what I understand, you want them to be fairly tight so that your foot doesn't move around much in the shoe. I got them in 11.5 and probably could have went with the 11. I have to layer my socks when I use them.

Kevin Anderson
03-28-2007, 06:30 AM
Nikes are known to run about a 1/2 size small. I think the do wins run true to size or what you would wear in a dress shoe which was the advice when picking a size for the adidas. They are quite a bit wider than the adidas. I like the do wins better than the adidas and I agree with the others that they don't fall apart as fast.

Yael Grauer
03-28-2007, 12:12 PM
I finally got my shoes 28 days after I ordered them, but they sent me the wrong ones. :rolleyes:

Pierre Auge
03-28-2007, 12:20 PM
contact Glenn he will fix you up faster then it took you to write that!

Yael Grauer
03-28-2007, 12:23 PM
Let's just say I'm not holding my breath.

Yael Grauer
03-28-2007, 02:39 PM
I take it back, Glenn is sending the blue ones out today. When this is all over, I'll be happy!

Pierre Auge
03-30-2007, 08:22 PM
don't ever doubt me again ;) when I recommend someone or something never doubt me, because I tend only to recommend good friends and tried and true methods or somethings!

OK you can doubt me but keep it to yourself :) thats called humour if the smiley face didn't give it up!

Chris Forbis
03-31-2007, 04:42 PM
I just purchased a pair of Werksan suede lifting shoes after reading a post from Pendlay that they were the best option for a narrow foot. I will post my impressions upon receipt. I am a bit nervous about the size being right, but I am hoping that my dress shoe size will work.

Here's Glenn's post if you are interested: http://goheavy.com/forums/olympic/index.cgi/noframes/read/58008

Yael Grauer
04-04-2007, 01:21 PM
OK you can doubt me but keep it to yourself :)

Okay, good, because I still don't have these shoes yet. Oh, wait...

Yael Grauer
04-05-2007, 05:34 PM
I got my shoes!!!!!!!

Ronnie Ashlock
04-05-2007, 09:57 PM
Yael, could you post some pictures of your shoes?

I will post a pic of my new Men's Pendlay bar. I really like it. The barbell with the black finish is the Pendlay Men's 20 Kg bar. The other bar with the silvery finish is my Chapman Elite bar. The Chapman is a little thicker (28.5 mm to the Pendlay's 28 mm diameter). I love both bars, but the thinner diameter is marginally easier for me to grip. I don't have big beefy hands, so the 28 mm diameter works better for me. I do have to give a slight nudge to the Chapman's knurling. It is softer and feels better in my hand. The Pendlay knurling is very, very good, however and I like it better than most other bars I've lifted on, including Eleiko bars. I think my least favorite bar is the Werksan bar... something about the knurling was just too sharp.

Anyhoo... enjoy the pics.

Yael Grauer
04-06-2007, 09:43 AM
Sure, I'll post some pics... but first I have to set up my new computer to read my digital camera. I'm kinda swamped right now, but I'll add it to the list. :)

Chris Forbis
04-13-2007, 04:29 PM
Just got my Werksan shoes in. I ordered (and paid $4 extra for) the blue suede, they sent the red leather. The shoes are way too big as well. There's a good 3/4" to 1" between my big toe and the end of the shoe. Had the shoes fit, I'm sure I just would have kept them and not worried about the $4 for the suede.

I was SO excited to use these suckers tomorrow morning. Oh well. Guess I'll just have to wait a bit longer.

Yael Grauer
04-13-2007, 06:51 PM
Wow, I finally took a shoe picture and it won't let me upload it. :( It keeps saying "error on page."

Chris Forbis
04-24-2007, 03:57 PM
After the shipping mishap with the first pair, I finally received my Werksan blue suede lifting shoes today. Awesome fit. They look pretty smooth too. Weird sizing on them. I wear a 13 in dress shoes, and these are 11.5.

I was really pleased with their service on the return.

Can't wait to get lifting in these things.


Dave Paton
04-24-2007, 04:03 PM
Same thing happened to me last November. I ordered the blue suede Werksan and i got the red regular leather shoes. they must be really anxious to get rid of them. I ordered my regular dress shoes size and they may be a little long, but not too bad.

Bobby Spencer
04-24-2007, 05:38 PM
Quick fix, if nothing else: Try doubling up in the socks and do a few static stomps to really jam those feet in place in the shoes.