powerlifting t in bare feet. Stand so the side of your body is facing a mirror. Put your hands either out in front of you or cross your arms so your hands are touching opposite shoulders. Perform a squat where hip-crease reaches just below parallel. If you can only reach below parallel by flexing your lower back i.e. a butt wink OR you can't reach depth at all consider "Part A" = Failed. Part B - Now perform the same test with a 3 inch platform under your heels. Again, buttwink or inability to reach depth = a failed test. HOW TO EVALUATE YOUR RESULTS: Fail + Fail = limited hip mobility. A lifting shoe will not provide immediate help. Fail + Pass = limited ankle mobility. Weightlifting shoes will provide immediate help with your form. It doesn't mean, neglect ankle mobility and just get lifting shoes, but it is a good indicator that an elevated heel will help. Pass + Pass = do whatever feels best for you, you're not limited by lower body mobility while trying to achieve depth. Pass + Fail = should not occur.