Does anyone here lift in lifting shoes? I usually squat in converse but yesterday I only had my running shoes, but I found squatting so much easier because of the raised heel. I dont want to carry on squatting in my running shoes, so im contemplating getting some lifting shoes. Is there anything special about weightlifting shoes other than the raised heel, and are they worth the investment? What are the advantages compared to something like powerlifting shoes or even minimalist shoes? I hate the look of vibrams, but there must be less visually offensive shoes out there that allow your feet to keep in direct contact with the floor. This is particularly important or me I think because of my flat feet. I find I really have to focus on keeping an arch in my feet and 'spreading the floor with my feet'. I cant do that easily in running shoes and im not sure if I could in weight lifting shoes.