Based on everything I read, it looks like squats benefit from a slight heel while deads are better off without a heel at all. PL shoes are generally the flat ones, yet some list a 0.75" heel height. Oly shoes range from 0.75" to 1.5". Just as an example pendlays and adiPowers are 0.75" while do wins are 1.5".Front Squat
Rip's low-back squat does not require vertical shins, so do you think a 0.75" heel is better for that variation?
Weightlifting Shoes a heel because it keeps you more in an upright position when front squatting.
In Olympic Lifting, you front squat the weight after cleaning it.
"Leather Like Sole"
Their "Leather Like Sole" allow you to side.
In performing Olympic Lifts, you're foot need to slide to the side in cleans and snatches.
Your front foot needs to slide in front a little when performing the jerk.
A good Weightlifting shoe performs very similarly to a bowling shoe. It allows you to glide into position.
Olympic Lifting Platforms
For a Weightlifting Shoe or Bowling Shoe to be able to slide, you need the right kind of surface.
One of the best surfaces for weightlifting is a plywood surface. It allows you to slide to the side or forward.
Most weightlifting platforms have a plyuranthane coating. The reason is that it extend the lift of the platform. It does NOT make it any better.
Rubber Sole, Rubber Floor
Wearing a rubber sole shoe or lifting on a rubber floor means there is NO sliding after you jump with the weight.
You're foot sticks to the floor, like flypaper.
Purpose of Weightlifting Shoes
That is the purpose of weightlifting shoes and platform.
I have minimis track pumas that are super flat. They are as light as a napkin. Obviously terrible support for the squat. However, do you think I can get away without spending money on a dedicated deadlift shoe and just use the pumas for it? Track Shoes For Squats
As you stated, they are a "terrible" shoe for squatting.
The cushioning makes them a good running shoe but a poor squatting shoe, lifting in general.
Running In Sand
While an overexaggeration, it makes a point.
It is impossible to generate much force (strength/power) running in sand. When you drive your foot into the sand, it give out underneath you.
That means you produce less force, you run slower.
A running shoe's decreases the amount of force you generate. That one of the things that makes them a poor lifting shoe.
Running On Concrete
The harder the surface is the more force you generate. That one of the reasons the Chuck Taylor and PF Flyer shoes are a good squat shoe, lifting shoe.
Flat Sole Shoe
For a regular back squat, you don't need a heel.
The majority of great squatters squat in a flat sole shoe.
So, a weightlifting shoe for most individuals isn't necessary.
Lastly, should the standing press and the bent-over row even figure in this consideration or it really doesn't matter for these two?Again, the more stable the shoe, the more force you generate.