It looks like Adidas had plans to launch the black and red Adipower weightlifting shoe much earlier than we had heard on the interwebz. I just posted yesterday that Adidas announced the white and grey model would be available Summer of 2014, but they made no mention of other colors. I had found a digital mockup of the adipower with black/red color ways, but since it was still rough looking we assumed it would come out after the white version. Apparently we were wrong!
And here is the actual shoe as it appears on Adidas’s website.
The black/red version looks almost identical to the original 2012 Adipower design, save one minor detail – the lacing system. If you look closely it appears that the first set of “loops” are now gone. I can’t image that Adidas would go through the effort (and cost) of changing the design of the upper unless there was a need for it. Perhaps the loops were less durable than standard eyelets, or maybe the lacing pattern was less effective. I never felt any problems with the laces but maybe someone out there can shed some light on this?
Overall the new colors look pretty slick. While I like the grey mesh on the strap, I could have done without the silver accenting on the upper. Oh well, I’m just excited that they are finally releasing new colors of the Adipower Oly.