- 100% Synthetic Leather/Mesh
- Rubber sole
- 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 rearfoot integrity
- Synthetic leather provides light weight, support, and durability
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When you need power in your lift, make sure you've got a good foundation. These men's shoes offer a wide, solid base and a high-density midsole for the demands of competitive weightlifting. Lightweight mesh keeps your feet cool, and a power strap over the laces gives you anchored support.
- Product Dimensions : 13.5 x 9.5 x 4.6 inches; 13.8 Ounces
- Item model number : powerlift.2-M
- Department : Mens
- Date First Available : December 16, 2014
- Manufacturer : adidas Performance Child Code (Shoes)
- ASIN : B00DWUD9QC
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I purchased Nike Romaleos 2's as my first squat shoes and I used them for about three or four months. I will first start by saying those shoes are amazing Olympic weightlifting shoes, in looks, build quality, and function. However, for my biomechanics, the quarter inch heel was a bit too much for my liking. I have very good ankle flexibility and can squat ATG in flat soles with no problem. The main reason I prefer squat shoes is for the stability and a quicker set up after unracking the weight.
Over my four months of using those shoes, I noticed I was experiencing slight knee pain. I attributed this to the Romaleos having too much of a downward angle as a result of the quarter inch heel height. I have pretty long legs and my knees track forward naturally quite a bit when squatting ATG. With my knees becoming discomforted by the Romaleos, I went back to using my Chuck Taylor's to squat for about a month.
After a discussion with my friend as to why I stopped using the Nike's and explaining my theory of the heel being too high for me, he suggested these shoes. These shoes have a .6 inch heel opposed to a .75 inch heel on the Romaleos and other traditional weightlifting shoes. After some consideration and a 15$ off deal on amazon, I went for the Adidas Power lift 2.0s to see if they would feel better than the Romaleos did. Mind you the Romaleos cost 190$, these were 80$ after the coupon and tax.
First impressions wearing these shoes? All I can say is what a difference. The lower heel is so much more comfortable for me and I do not get arch pain in my feet like I did with the Nike's, which was another irritating issue. They are also extremely light, unlike the Nike Romaleos which felt like a brick. Generally, you want WL shoes to be heavier and those shoes were like having 2x4 strapped to your feet, but in these you feel nimble, yet stable. When you step back with the bar on your back, there is very little adjustment that you need to make to get comfortable.
These shoes fit perfect as well. I measured my foot using a ruler with my heel against the wall and it came out to 10.1 inches. I ordered a size 8.5 in the blue and black with the blaze orange heel and they fit PERFRCT. The chart I used was from zappos.com and it is very accurate. I would use that chart of you are planning on getting these and order the closest to the conversion it gives you.
I have used these shoes for about 15 squat sessions, both front and back squat and I absolutely love wearing these during my lifting sessions. They are so comfortable and they are very stable. They also grip to the floor really well. I have not one bit of the knee or foot discomfort I experienced with the Nike Romaleos.
The quality of these shoes I would say are very good. They are a synthetic material with an upper mesh which makes them extremely light, comfortable, and breathable. I only use these inside the gym on the platform and they have zero marks or any blemishes after quite a few uses.
One of the concerns I had when purchasing these shoes was the fact that the sole is slightly compressible (they are made with EVA rubber with a stability plate molded inside) around the edge of the heel. Honestly, unless you are squatting 450-500+, this should not be an issue. I squat around 380 and I film all of my working sets for critique purposes and I notice very little compression when looking at myself squatting in the Adidas Powerlifts. It is also unnoticeable while actually squatting.
If you are a beginner and are looking to see if Olympic weightlifting shoes are right for you, I would definitely start here. It will allow you to see if you like the feel of the raised heel at an affordable price. These shoes also look pretty cool and they come in a variety of different colors if that matters to you. I recently sold my Romaleos to another close friend and I can see myself using these shoes for a long time. They are an excellent investment to add to your arsenal of gym gear at a fair price.
The Adidas Powerlift 2s are made well and do what they advertise, which is to say they provide a solid, cushionless base, with an ever so slight heel lift. I immediately noticed that the stability issues I was experiencing in my running shoes disappeared once I had a firm footing to push off from. They're comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but I would not suggest running, jogging, or more than brisk walking in them, because they come with almost zero padding in the sole (which is kind of the point). Basically, you're going to feel anything higher than a fall from the sidewalk to the street in your feet, so don't treat them like cross-trainers
I've worn them to and from the gym repeatedly, with no damage to the sole noticeable whatosever. Be aware,here's no waffle-type grip, so while they don't slide all over the gym floor at all, they won't keep you from slipping in the snow.
If you're curious about weight lifting shoes, but don't want to shell out for a $170+ 'professional' level version, these are an outstanding entry point for the neophyte
These shoes are also not as heavy as I thought they were going to be. Very stable, they are comfortable and normal enough to walk around in without changing how you walk but of course my distance walking in these is quite limited. They are not walking or running shoes, they are designed to be used in the squat rack, you know, the place where you do curls! :) The Velcro strap is great as I have been using that to keep my shoes tight along with leaving my laces just tight enough to slip my shoes on without untying them. I haven't had these shoes long but they are a great buy for any serious or semi serious lifter.