The Mad Titan (And R1 in general) are awesome! A typical workout consists of rowing, oly lifts, and some accessory work for me You can do it all in these shoes. They're really solid and stable! The 0.5" heel on them reduces the required amount of flexion in your ankle so that you can pull from a more advantageous position, but not as much as a full 1" lifter. I was squatting barefoot for a while, and the difference between that and the titans are night and day. The finish of the shoes is also really wonderful. No frayed edges, poor stitching, or anything like that. The suede is thicker than what you might be accustomed to, but that comes with the territory of a purpose built shoe for lifting hundreds of pounds (and quality suede foot ware in general). Even though the suede on Titans are multiple colors, it's still very high quality. The fit on the shoes is really great as well. I'm in between an 8 and a 9 US men's depending on brand (9 in Iron Rangers for reference). The 9 gives me a plenty roomy toe box as well as tons of support in the heel and mid foot with or without the straps tightened. Suede maintenance is a breeze, but be prepared to buy at least a brush (spare toothbrush works in a pinch) if you wear them outside on your way to the gym. I love my R1s! If you can take care of a suede shoe, I'd 100% recommend them as they'll serve you well for a very long time! If you can't, then learn how, because they're that good.
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