Adidas Performance AdiPower Review: Best Weightlifting Shoes Under $200

The Adidas AdiPower is Adidas’ top of the line weightlifting shoe designed for the serious Oly lifter. Adidas know that your feet form the foundation of your power and so have designed a specialist shoe with the features and innovations to do the business.

The AdiPower weightlifting shoe is not only a shoe designed for performance; knowing how hard weight lifters can be on their shoes it is also made for durability. This Adidas lifting shoe has gained a reputation among the gym going community as a real performer and one of the best lifting shoes on the market.

Detailed Review of AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes

The Adidas AdiPower weightlifting shoe features a three quarter inch raised heel. This is the standard height in weight training shoes. However, many shoes add unwanted weight to the shoe with the construction material of the raised heel.

Adidas AdiPower weightlifting shoes use a material called TPU, which is the same material used in the Nike Romaleos. It is made from thermoplastic polyurethane, which aims to provide optimal comfort while supporting the entire foot.

The TPU doesn’t compress the way that running trainers do, so by wearing the Adidas Adipower weightlifting shoe you will help maintain balance.

The raised heel also takes pressure off the knees, as many find the heavier the weight, the more stress that is placed on the delicate knee joints. Taking away this concern allows you to exert as much power and force as possible without adding unnecessary weight.

Adipower shoes also boast a one-inch strap made of plastic. This strap covers the laces and holds your foot in place. You can tighten the shoe to your preference. This means there is no foot movement during your squats, which will result in less chance of injury. 

Pros and Cons of the Adidas Powerlift Shoes

Adidas knows how hard weightlifters can be on their shoes. With this in mind, the Adidas Adipower shoe features the famous Adiwear outsole. Adiwear offers the ultimate in high-wear durability. Strategically placed vent holes create maximum circulation. No matter how hot and bothered you get, you can guarantee that your feet will stay cool and dry.

The TPU constructed raised heel places the foot in the ideal position for Oly lifting. This then aligns the upper body ideally to exert maximum force during the lift. This is a major step up from the Powerlift which, although providing the same amount of heel lift, is constructed from a st
andard rubberized material.

Complementing the raised heel is the stiff sole. The rigidity of the Adidas Adipower weightlifting shoe means you can exert all of your foot power into your squat. The sole is completely flat, meaning there is no rocking backwards and forwards on the balls of you feet, which can lead to potential back injury, especially if you are squatting with a heavy weight.

The one inch thick strap across the top of the Adidas AdiPower ensures maximum foot rigidity. It is made from a heavy duty plastic, providing the user with the assurance that it will stand the test of time. The strap is significantly thicker than the Powerlift.

The toe-box of the AdiPower is very flexible, while the shoe itself remains firm and planted on the ground. This provides both flexibility and stability –a feature lacking in many rival shoes and something not seen in the Adidas Powerlift.

The Adidas AdiPower is ideal for squats, power cleans and other overhead moves that require the legs to drive the movement. The shoes also benefits the bench press, allowing you to drive through the legs into the ground.

The Adidas AdiPower weightlifting shoe currently is only available in one color style – a red and black design. Many rival weightlifting shoes have much more variety in colors, leading many to choose those brands over Adidas lifting shoes.

One problem people find is it’s a narrow footed shoe. This is perfect for the stationary movements of deadlifts and squatting, but makes the Adidas Adipower unsuitable for other gym activities. Many do not want to be carting two different pairs of shoes to the gym, so will look for a trainer which will be suitable for both activities.

Adipower Conclusion

 The Adidas AdiPower is a top of the line specialist Oly lifting shoe. It is not designed for multi-purpose training. It’s use of TPU heel construction makes for a light but very rigid shoe, while the thick strapping ensures no lateral movement.

While the limited color options may be off-putting for some, those who are serious about finding an Olympic lifting shoe need look no further.

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