Our verdict

Hands down, the Adidas The Total is a well-built shoe that does what it's intended to do: make lifting safer and more efficient. We can't find any serious flaws in it, so it's safe to say that you will get your money's worth, and perhaps even more, when you buy this.


  • Great for strength training
  • Good traction
  • Quite stable ride
  • A lot of ground feel
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Functionally spacious toebox
  • Accommodates wide feet
  • Fairly priced
  • Streamlined look


  • Has to be broken in
  • Not versatile enough for non-strength exercises

Audience verdict


Who should buy the Adidas The Total

The following are the ones who will enjoy this weightlifting shoe from Adidas the most:

  • fitness enthusiasts who are into the many forms of lifting and other strength exercises
  • wearers with feet that are flat and wide
  • gym-goers who like to use weightlifting shoes with zero-drop construction
  • buyers who want a training shoe that is functional as it is stylish

Adidas The Total buy

Who should NOT this weightlifting shoe from Adidas

This shoe is not for those with narrow feet. They are better off with the Adidas Powerlift 5, which offers a more agreeable fit.

Adidas The Total not buy

The Adidas The Total, despite its name, is a function-specific shoe. It's for lifting so we affirmed that it's not really that dependable when it comes to other forms of training. The Nike Metcon 7 offers more of the versatility that all-around fitness enthusiasts need.

Adidas The Total: A great shoe for strength training

It's good that the Adidas The Total is good for a wide array of lifting exercises. Actually, this shoe made our deadlifts easy and smooth. We also found it excellent for water rower simulation exercises. After rigorous testing, we concluded that this shoe is great for practically all kinds of strength work. 

Adidas The Total overall

It must be noted, however, that this shoe does not possess the versatility needed for it to be good for other exercises such as running and other cardio workouts.

The Adidas The Total grips the floor dependably

We are pleased that the Adidas The Total provided us with a good level of tread and grip while training.

With this, we confirmed that your feet will surely be planted firmly on the ground as you lift heavier and heavier weights. Slips are effectively avoided.

Adidas The Total grip

This shoe is stable with lots of ground feel

This shoe's stability comes from its rather wide base that has a zero-drop construction. We observed that this base is also firm, and this gives us a good connection to the ground, thereby improving our control and ground feel.

Adidas The Total ground feel

Containing without throwing away comfort

The ability for better-than-average support is what characterizes shoes for weightlifting. Oftentimes, however, comfort is lost just to ensure more foot containment. This was not the case when we sported the Adidas The Total. We proved that comfort is not sacrificed. Also, we are happy that this trainer is not chunky and is even light at only 12.1 oz (343 g).

Adidas The Total support

It must be pointed out here that this shoe still needs a little time for break-in. We noticed that the support in this shoe was a little aggressive for us at first.

The Adidas The Total accommodates wide feet

We found that this shoe is on the wider side, so those with wide feet do not really need to make size adjustments. As proof, testers among us with wide feet had plenty of room for the toes. This is a plus for us because having a spacious toe box is good because it allows more maneuverability. 

Adidas The Total: Worth every penny

We initially thought that at £110, The Total is a bit too much. But after using it in our training, we realized that it's actually a fairly priced shoe considering all the good stuff that it brings to the table.

Lift in style with the Adidas The Total

We look at Adidas The Total, and we think it's stylish and well-designed. We are happy that aside from improving our performance, this shoe also dishes out the looks. 

Adidas The Total style