Rated 4 out of 5Â by Cfguy Great CrossFit Shoe, not the best lifting shoe
I am a croosfit coach and bought these shoes because they were very affordable and I needed to replace my last pair of lifting shoes. The shoes are much lighter than any other oly shoe I've ever used which is great for WOD's, but don't have the best heel support for your lifts. I'd still recommend the shoe for crossfitters.
October 20, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by gphrank Cost effective entry-level option
The Power Lift trainer shoes are really quite good for the money. There are some definite positives, but a couple areas that I think are open for improvement as well.
On the positive side, you have styling, heel drop, construction, and comfort (or at least half of it). With regards to styling, these are a very attractive looking shoe; most power lifters won't care too much about this, but frankly they do look a lot better than some of the traditional shoes available and at a better price point. Compared to any of the Oly shoes on the market these are a relatively low drop shoe, making them very suitable for squat, OHP, and bench, but I will still wear a barefoot shoe for deadlifting. The construction appears to be very good, which was a concern of mine in what is sure to be a very low volume shoe. Everything was uniform, well assembled, and 'tight' feeling. The shoes have a very good fit and can be pulled very tight with the laces alone, and the strap gives some extra clamp-down power. They are not comfortable in a traditional sense given the flat, rigid sole, but given what they are these are a comfortable option.
On the negative side, I have a couple of issues with the design and function, but nothing terribly major. I personally feel that the velcro strap needs to be moved further down the foot. It sits rather high, and almost does more to keep the ankle locked into place rather than locking the foot as a whole down. Also, if you pull very tight it fails to line up properly and doesn't lay entirely flat. These are not major issues, but are opportunities for improvement in my opinion. The other item relates back to comfort and has to do with the tongue. While I would not want too much cushion (which would hamper the ability to get tight) I noticed very quickly that I had a good deal of pain along the top of my foot from the laces and a fold in the tongue. I think if the tongue were slightly more rigid it would resolve the folding issue and would offer some protection from the laces along the top of the foot.
Overall functionality is quite good for a beginner shoe. The foam in the shoe is definitely dense enough to stand up to a pretty substantial amount of weight, although it will almost certainly start to compress for heavy lifters squatting large amounts. As dense as this foam is, I don't think anybody will make the mistake of saying it will perform like a wooden heel, but again, for lighter lifters this is going to be a very good option.
At the end of the day it is hard to get a better shoe for the money, especially if you are just getting started in power lifting.
March 22, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by CrossfitLady Good Shoe but NOT for Ladies
I wear a 7.5 (women's). I bought the smallest men's size available (6.5, I think) since there are no women's sizes.
I can use them if I tie them tightly and make the velcro strap really tight, but they are too long and loose in the toe area for a woman's foot. I only wear them on strength days.
I bought these in March 2013 because they were $60 cheaper than the Reebok Crossfit Lifter, which comes in women's sizes, and the Inov8's Fastlift 315 (women's) weren't coming out for months (and the price point on those was unknown).
These are decent for now but I think I'll spend the money on my next pair and buy a women's size in either Reebok or Inov8, unless Adidas decides to start selling lifting shoes in women's sizes.
May 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Coffee K love these shoes
These are my 1st pair of lifting shoes. I am a crossfitter and have been using racing flats up until now for olympic lifting. On my first day with these shoes my max lift went up 15 lbs from the previous week trying the same lift. They really do help.
May 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ktop Great shoe great price
Shoe is made well with solid flat platform. Excellent oly shoe at a reasonable price.
August 1, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by suboh Aptly named shoe.
I've tried Chucks, casual athletic shoes, running shoes, barefoot, and Olympic weightlifting shoes. For my style of raw squatting, well below parallel moderate stance, these are perfect. This is the first shoe that I would say has facilitated and improvement in my squatting form. Running shoes and casual athletic shoes are unstable. Chucks are suited for a wide sit back type style more typical to geared squatting. The lack of elevated heel in Chucks makes them ineffective for a deep raw squat. Olympic shoes are great for a Olympic style squat but make it difficult to sit back any. As a result they place great stress on quads. These are stable and provide a sufficient heel for deep raw squat that is between a suited/wide powerlifting squat and an Olympic high bar deep squat.
August 31, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mowzur 1st online purchase but not the last
I've always thought Adidas made dependable and long lasting shoes. Now I know these shoes will last. Other online stores do not even have weightlifting shoes. I love them. Since my job requires me to lift heavy weight regularly, it is clear I wear these shoes alot. Thank you again. I've already recommended these to my coworkers as well as my workout buddies.
September 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 Great Beginner Shoe!
Although these babies are no Adi-powers they're great for the beginning oly lifter. They run true to size, so they will take a while to break-in. The shoes have been great in stabilizing my feet. The sole allows me to get out of the bottom of a front or back squat with such ease that the only thing i regret is not buying these shoes at the beginning. I highly recommend these shoes. They will let you forget about your feet and let you concentrate on other parts of the lift while you perform.
August 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ArmyOthreeGuy Skip the Do-Wins - Get These
I am currently in Afghan (yes, Adidas ships to APO addresses) and did not bring my Do-Wins because I didnt have space, and honestly, they are just too heavy. After reading reviews, I decided to give these a try. Mostly, I wear Innov-8's for all my lifts, including OH Squats. I recived these in about 9 days from date of order and slapped them on. I am a 12.5 and these FIT PERFECTLY at 12.5. They are super LIGHT, and I decided to break them in with some split jerks. I would normally shy away from split jerks with my Innov-8s because I desire a stable base, and those sneakers (Innov-8) really don't do it for me. I warm up with a few 135# back squats, and am happy with the feel, and NO FOOT MOVEMENT in these. I then begin the split Jerks, the workout was 5 x 1. I begin at 170#, and end at 215#. I could've gotten 225#, but being that this was my first real attempt at split jerks, the mental of 225# was too much, but 215# did get up fast (bar speed was good, able to drop under the bar pretty fast). Overall foot work was fast, and it felt like I had nothing on my feet in comparison to the Do-Wins, and they required no break in, they are excellent. Some people complain that the strap is too high, but I think thats an issue with ankle mobility, I felt no issue with the straps placement. Overall, I would recommend these over the Do-Wins, they are lighter, cheaper, and just feel attached to my feet better than the Do-Wins. If your new to Olympic lifting and are looking for a reliable OLY shoe, these are it. I think I have wide feet, and these offer no discomfort, and I wore them for 2 hours straight. The rule of thumb is that they should fit snug, so if your a 12, get a 12 and you'll be alright.
June 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tyler Durden A great pair of shoes for the price!
I was hesitant about buying these shoes at first but I have no regrets. The fit is true, very snug, but in no way restictive. They made an immediate, positive impact on my performance. The Power Lift Trainer Shoes definitely deliver.
I would have gladly purchased the Adipower Weightlifting Shoes, but I didn't care for the one color they offered.
October 13, 2012