The Adidas Powerlift 2s are a weird shoe, not because of there design or anything like that but because of where they fit into the gym shoe world. They kind of make there own category, they want to be weightlifting shoes but they don’t have the almost standard ¾ inch heel that weightlifting shoes do, they have a .6 inch heel. In a way they are a hybrid weightlifting shoe. While they have a solid raised heel that can provide ample support for squats they can also do what weightlifting shoes cant, go outside of the squat rack. You can use these shoes for pretty much any weight lifting motion however the raised heel isn’t optimal for some lifts. Obviously you wont be running around or doing rope climbs with these (try Cross Trainers) but they are good at what they are made for.
Another reason why these cant be real weightlifting shoes is the price. Generally priced well under a hundred dollars they don’t really fit into this group of shoes which are often over twice the price. So why are these so much cheaper? Well for one they are made of synthetic leather as opposed to the real leather that you will find on some weightlifting shoes. Also the sole is made of rubber compound which does compress compared to the wood or composite TPU used in most weightlifting shoes. While these shoes do feel cheap compared to other more expensive weightlifting shoes the actual build quality seems to be pretty good.
They come in a lot of different colorways ranging from a subtle all black to a screaming yellow that you cant miss. Which is a nice thing because most of the weightlifting shoes only come in two or three color choices. As far as looks go the design on them has a lot going on for a shoe of this kind but is not too busy.
Okay so the real question is are these shoes worth it? The answer is yes depending on what your looking for. If your doing weight lifting competitions or squating a good amount of weight then you should go straight to the big boys, the Adipowers or Romaleos. However if you never had a pair of weightlifting shoes and your not sure if they are for you then this is a great place to start before you make a huge investment. At the end of the day the Adidas Powerlift 2.0 are a good choice as an entry level weightlifting shoe.
- Rubber sole
- Weight distribution plate provides stability; wider-fitting last offers increased beneficial comfort
- Synthetic leather delivers support and durability; synthetic 3-Stripes provide lightweight support
- Weightlifting-engineered, high-density die-cut midsole wedge offers lightweight stability
- Heel-support design focuses on integral rear of foot for superb lightweight support
- Non-marking, patterned outsole provides consistent grip and durability
- Wider fitting last offers increased, beneficial comfort
- Specifically-Configured lowered heel height for cross-training regimen involving weightlifting
- Weightlifting-Engineered, high density die-cut midsole wedge offers lightweight stability
- Single instep strap provides additional rear foot integrity
- Synthetic leather provides light weight, support, and durability