I've been weightlifting since April 14th, and although my running shoes have been ok for my rookie lifts I know one ought to be using flat-surfaced shoes with minimal 'spring'. Although there are dedicated weightlifting shoes eg ADIDAS adipower Unisex Weightlifting Boots: Amazon.co.uk: Shoes & Accessories these are bloody expensive. From what I can discern the real requirements are sturdiness and flat soles, and a friend recommended I investigate boxing shoes as a more economical substitute. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0047OPKXW/?tag=armrumser-21 These seem to fit the bill, although I'm concerned they may be a bit restrictive at the top of the foot. I would be appreciative of any advice.