Facts

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  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    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.

  • Price
    $90
  • Weight
    Men: 16oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel height
    Men: 15mm
    Women: 15mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | BarBend

    If you’re looking for a cost efficient lifter that provides a lightweight, secure feeling, then the Adidas Powerlift 3s could be a good option for you.

  • 83 / 100 | BarBend

    For those looking for a higher quality shoe that will more often than not last them years in the gym, then opt for the Adidas AdiPower and pay a tad more.

  • 90 / 100 | Brian Turner

    They are fun because they make you feel really connected to the ground,really glued to the ground.

  • 80 / 100 | Reggie Auguste

    So, overall, this is a good shoe.

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Updates to Adidas Powerlift 3.1

  • The Adidas Powerlift 3.1 is meant for those who need a sturdy base to perform squats, deadlifts and other types of weightlifting and powerlifting exercises. The Powerlift 3.1 is mostly similar to its predecessor, the Powerlift 3. It utilizes the same synthetic leather upper with a Velcro strap for enhanced support. The major update here is the change to perforations in the toe area over the open mesh, featured in the previous version.
  • Employing a 15-mm (0.6 inches) heel height, the shoe helps athletes to reach a more agreeable squatting performance. It also allows the placement of the entire foot on the floor during bench pressing. This is the lowest heel height option among weightlifting shoes offered by Adidas.
  • Guarding the midsole against abrasion is the ADIWEAR compound. The grip is provided by the rubber’s honeycomb patterns.
  • If you want to experience the benefits of the Powerlift 3.1 but prefer a bit more low-key upper design with a plain canvas material, take a look at the next iteration of the model, the Adidas Powerlift 4.

Adidas Powerlift 3.1 size and fit

The Adidas Powerlift 3.1 follows the regular measurements regarding size. It is offered in full and half-sizes for both men’s and women’s versions. The available widths are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. Based on the official Adidas website, the trainer runs a bit small, so it's advisable to get half-a-size bigger than your usual athletic shoe size. 

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Powerlift 3.1 is made up of the abrasion-resistant ADIWEAR material. Its purpose is to protect the shoe from wearing out, even when subjected to the high strain of heavy weight lifting.

It also makes use of the honeycomb pattern in the heel and forefoot sections. It provides a secure grip on various indoor surfaces.

Midsole

The hard, non-compressible EVA foam forms the midsole unit of the Adidas Powerlift 3.1. Its purpose is to provide a stable pressing surface during the lift. It is much thicker in the heel section than in the forefoot, forming a high-density 15 mm heel wedge. Such a build provides better ankle mobility which helps in achieving a greater depth in a squat. At the same time, it aids the upright position of an athlete. The elevated heel section ensures better weight distribution throughout the foot.

Steadiness is also heightened by the roomy forefoot section. Such construction helps in maintaining balance by allowing plenty of space for the toes to splay during the lift naturally.

Upper

The Adidas Powerlift 3.1 utilizes synthetic leather in the upper unit to deliver a snug fit. A denser layer of leather is used in the midfoot and rear sections to enhance support and eliminate the undesirable wobbling of the heel. The toe box is made up of a soft and flexible leather material. It allows natural toe-splaying and foot flexibility throughout the training session.

The toe box features perforations to provide a well-ventilated experience for the foot. The air mesh material is employed in the collar, tongue, and lining of the shoe for added comfort and breathability.

A combination of a lace-up closure and a Velcro strap are used to tighten the footwear. They serve to enhance the lockdown fit of the foot further.

Adidas Powerlift 3.1 Christmas edition

For those who like to coordinate their shoes with the season, like Christmas, or they just want the season to last throughout the year, Adidas offer the Powerlift 3.1 Christmas Edition. Yup, you read that right — a Christmas-themed weightlifting shoe. It still uses the synthetic leather upper with a mesh collar, but feature the scarlet, cloud white, and bold green colorway. The forefoot is emblazoned with ‘Merry Xmas’ along with the cross stitch-like pattern, hearts, pine trees, and barbells. The print on this is reminiscent of the ugly Christmas sweater that people say they hate but secretly love.


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