Probably one of the most well known models of weightlifting shoes amongst athletes in the Olympic Lifting arena, the Adidas AdiStar was released in 2008 and debuted in the Olympic Games in Beijing. The model boasted several upgrades and improvements over the older and cheaper Ironwork models.
The AdiStars have a visible wood block heel, a single, extra wide hook and loop strap and a TPU welded mid-sole make. The heel cup is also very supportive giving the shoe a very stable overall feel. The leather upper of the shoe is made of kangaroo skin which is a soft, pliable and durable leather. This features makes new pairs of AdiStar shoes very quick to break-in. Despite this fact, this shoe does not tend to fit wider feet very well. The toe area is tight and, even though the leather will stretch, you may find your forefoot spilling over the sides. This is not the best support, especially for Olympic style lifts.
These shoes should not be confused with other AdiStar models. The “AdiStar” name is a line reserved for Adidas’s top end shoe and they come in many varieties. As an example, Adidas makes an AdiStar “shooting” shoe for competitive rifle shooting competitions that looks identical to the Weightlifting shoes. The difference is the heel of the shooting shoe is not solid wood and is softer, not what you want at all.
My biggest complaint with the AdiStars is this: They are rather hard to find and only carried by a handful of US distributors. They also have a minimum advertised price of $199 so don’t expect to find them new for cheaper than that. Because of the restrictive cost, these shoes are probably best left for only the most serious of Olympic weightlifters.
WHERE TO BUY:
The AdiStar Weightlifting Shoe can be purchased directly from Adidas – Click Here to Check Them Out.
If you can’t find your size from Adidas, alternatively you can try checking on Amazon – but be careful and make sure you are purchasing the Weightlifting model!
- Well made, great leather and very stable
- Mesh material allows for better ventilation
- Great styling
- The most expensive pair of mainstream weightlifting shoes
- Do not fit wide feet well