When greats like Arnold Schwarzenegger pass up shoes for bare-foot lifting, who are we to argue? Eschewing excess simply works. Ground feel and stability are key when setting a personal best. But since shoes are mandatory in most gyms, the zero-drop Vibram EL-X is your best bet. It delivers unmatched grip and foot articulation in the brand’s lightest version yet. No frills means no setbacks. We just can’t guarantee you’ll look like the Austrian Oak.