DiscontinuedUpdate: Adidas Power Perfect 3
Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes
Good to know
Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.
Heel to toe dropMen: 16mm
Heel heightMen: 19mm
Forefoot heightMen: 3mmWomen: 3mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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91 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
If you can deal with their bowling-shoe-like design and the fact that they take two to three workout sessions to break in, I honestly can't think of a better all-around weightlifting shoe.
Out of all the shoes I've tried...this votes above the rest, so I'll give it two thumbs up...
In terms of build quality and stability, this shoe performs very well.
They’re best suited for any lifter looking to take the next step. I also highly recommend them for even beginners starting to commit.
- The Adidas Power Perfect 2 was designed purely for weightlifting and powerlifting exercises. Its robust and inflexible platform makes it suitable for squats, cleans, and jerks.
- The shoe came out in 2011 replacing the Adidas’ Ironwork weightlifting series. Unlike the previous versions, the Power Perfect 2 features a one-piece synthetic leather upper for more durability and a snugger fit. The Velcro strap has been placed closer to the ankle for more security.
- The heel wedge of the shoe is made of high-density EVA foam instead of the classic wood material as in the Ironwork models. This kind of EVA delivers a non-compressible platform while being a cheaper and more lightweight alternative to wood. The EVA midsole is protected from abrasion by the ADIWEAR rubber in the outsole. The heel height in this platform measures at 19 mm.
The Adidas Power Perfect 2 is offered in men’s sizes only and typically runs true to size. The shoe accommodates those with standard foot dimensions as it is available in the D – Medium width option.
The outsole unit of the Power Perfect 2 is entirely flat. This form is vital for maintaining balance and sustaining equal weight distribution when lifting weights.
The outsole utilizes the ADIWEAR rubber compound. It is claimed to deliver excellent protection against wear and tear.
The honeycomb pattern on the heel and forefoot sections ensures optimum grip on the gym floor. It also ensures a secure footing during weightlifting.
The Adidas Power Perfect 2 employs the high-density EVA foam to create a stable, non-compressible base for weightlifting. The foam is much thicker in the heel section, reaching 19 mm. The elevated heel allows for more ankle mobility, which helps athletes achieve deeper squats with a better posture.
An extra width is added in the forefoot section of the midsole to assist balance. It also eliminates foot wobbling during the lift.
The EVA platform has been carried over to the newer iteration of the trainer, the Adidas Power Perfect 3. The two models also share the same heel height.
The Power Perfect 2 makes use of a one-piece synthetic leather upper for enhanced durability and a better fit. An extra layer of leather wraps the heel, the medial and the lateral sides of the shoe. This design aims to hold the back part of the foot firmly in place.
The hook-and-loop Velcro strap is placed on top of the lacing system for a lockdown fit and a secure coverage.
The perforations throughout the shoe breathe air into the foot-chamber, keeping the foot well-ventilated. The breathability is also maximized by the air mesh material in the collar and tongue of the shoe.