Our verdict


A favorite amongst many weightlifters, the Adipower boasts of its solid, well-built structure which helps athletes maintain proper lifting posture. While its steep price might be a concern to some, this shoe is nonetheless regarded as cost-effective, thanks to its high performance and lasting durability.


  • Sturdy platform
  • Highly durable
  • Secure foothold
  • Well-ventilated


  • Not for wide feet

Who should buy the Adidas Adipower Weightlifting Shoes 

Designed with weightlifting in mind, the Adipower Weightlifting Shoe is a great option if you are looking for:

  • An intermediate-to-advanced level lifting shoe
  • A durable trainer that will last for more than a year of regular use
  • A more elevated heel (20 mm)

According to a professional lifter, the Adipower is considered "the gold standard shoe of weightlifting" alongside Nike Romaleos and Reebok Legacy Lifter.

Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes logo

Who should NOT buy the shoe

The Adidas Adipower Weightlifting shoe is not the best bet for people with wide feet because of its tight fit and narrow toebox. Instead, try going with the Reebok Legacy Lifter II.

Adipower helps with proper lifting posture

This is how athletes described their experience with the Adipower:

  • "Gave me a rigid, solid, non-moving platform"
  • "The shoe makes you rooted"
  • "It's the perfect stance at all times!"

The 20-mm heel allows for improved ankle mobility. It helps in reaching lower squat depths while maintaining a proper posture. The same heel height is used in the 2nd version of the Adipower. Those coming from regular trainers of Chuck Taylors claim that they have noticed a considerable improvement in their squatting and lifting performance. 

Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes Midsole Heel

The midsole features a firm wedge that is made of solid thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). It is a lightweight yet non-compressible material that adds sturdiness to the shoe. Based on the general users' feedback, the base has zero give no matter how much weight you are lifting.

This also means that whenever you start to lose your balance, it will be much easier to correct it with the Adipower.

Anti-slip outsole

The outsole of the Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoe is made from anti-slip rubber to ensure steadiness and a firm grip. As a reviewer puts it: the grip is "almost like Iron Man magnets sucked to the floor."

Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes Outsole

Breathability is ensured

The shoe is equipped with VentFlow openings (perforations) that keep the foot ventilated throughout the training session. The mesh tongue also helps in making the in-shoe experience more breathable.

Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes Upper

The foot stays in place

The shoe employs a PU-coated leather upper that provides a snug and form-fitting, yet comfortable fit. To further secure the foot and prevent slipping, a hook-and-loop strap is added on the top. The strap is reported to be of appropriate length and doesn't drag the floor when fastened.

Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes Tongue

Adipower Weightlifting Shoe is heavy duty

The materials and build quality of the Adipower are top-notch. There have been no complaints regarding the shoe's premature wear. The consensus is that this lifting shoe from Adidas is totally worth the $ 200 asking price.

Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes Chassis