Re: My Weightlifting Shoe Reviews (VS, Pendlay, Adidas, Nike, Reebok)
Hey guys/gals. I wanted to add an update to this review thread because I've since sold my Nikes to buy a pair of the new AdiPowers.
Shoe #6: Adidas AdiPower - $199.99
Specs (from website):
Lightweight polymer Torsion Heel system provides maximum support and locks your heel into place
Neoprene on the underside of the tongue helps lock your foot into place
Lightweight upper maximizes flex in the forefoot
Heavy duty strap to lock your foot into place
New design with increased ventilation in the forefoot and sole provides maximum breathability for your feet
First off, I ordered the same size as my AdiStars (9.5US) and they were too small. They fit fine everywhere but my big toe. Walking around was literally painful and I knew they wouldn't stretch/wear in enough to be comfortable. I returned them for a size 10US and they fit perfectly. I ordered the same pair for my wife as a Christmas present, and she went 1.5 sizes down and they fit fine. I want to say she wears a women's 9US and ordered a men's 7.5US.
I wasn't crazy about the color at first and was going to try to wait it out to purchase a new pair of shoes and see what else came out, but my AdiStars finally ripped in the toe area, so they had to be replaced.
The shoes fit my feet perfectly. They are very rigid and stable. The "leather" material is very stiff out of the box, but once they break in after a few days, they feel like butter. When I say "break in" I don't mean they loosened up -- they've formed to my foot, but I don't feel like they've become any more elastic or stretched like genuine leather would. I have heard people say that the forefoot is a little too flexible for their liking, but to me it is no different than any other pair of shoes we've owned (not including the Reeboks, they are obviously more flexible).
These shoes are very light and breathe very well. Adidas seems to have captured the light weight of the AdiStars and the structural rigidity of the Romaleos. Even with the same "Torsion System", the shoe feels much more connected because of the one-piece sole. There is no give in the polymer heel and I don't get swamp feet after a hard training session. I can see these shoes lasting for a very, very long time.
Another change is the location of the velcro strap. Other single-strapped shoes have the strap placed over the mid-food toward the bottom of the metatarsal bones which I've found to cause cramping in my feet. This strap is placed slightly higher and has eliminated this problem. I can really secure it in place and not have any issue with foot discomfort.
It seems like Adidas has taken big steps to make sure they create the best shoe possible and I'd say they've pretty much nailed it. Now I can see why so many lifters are wearing these. I'd give them a 4.5/5 star only because of the single color option.
Light weight, strong, great support, higher foot strap, very high quality
Price, color (only comes in one)