Sneak Peek: 2012 Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoe

UPDATE: We’ve Post Our Review at The Following Link – Full Review of the 2012 Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoe. These are now available directly from Adidas at If you haven’t read my review yet, I recommend buying directly from Adidas because they have free shipping (and it’s FAST) and returns/exchanges are super easy since they include a RMA label inside the box.

We just received word directly from an Adidas rep that in January 2012, Adidas will be launching the new AdiStar weightlifting shoe under the new name AdiPower Weightlifting. They have already started phasing out other AdiStar models and replacing them with the AdiPower line, such as the new AdiPower Predator Soccer Cleat (which features Adidas’s new Sharp Blue and Slime color combo that we first saw on the PowerLift Trainer models). As many of you know, the AdiStar WL shoe was launched in early 2008 in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. It appears that the launch of the new AdiPower line is again going to coincide with a Summer Olympic game year.

The pictures we’ve found circulating of the 2012 Adidas AdiPower weightlifting shoe were taken at the Las Vegas NSCA Convention (National Strength & Conditioning Association). Although this exact shoe may only be a prototype, they do provide a good idea of the direction Adidas is going in with the new model. The AdiPower appears to be a complete departure from the previous design and is totally unrecognizable to the AdiStar.

Some of the more notable difference are the lightweight, almost foam-like material that the upper part of the shoes appears to be made of. This should allow for amazing flexibility in the forefoot, but I’m unsure how the lateral stability will be affected. Something else Adidas has done, and I personally thinkĀ  it is a good idea, they’ve made the interior of the tongue tacky so that it better grips your foot and holds you into the shoe.

Possibly one of the biggest and most noticeable differences (if you disregard the Halloween-like colors) is the departure from the traditional wood heel. The AdiPower has opted to go the polymer heel route using what appears to be TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) in the new “Torsion System” heel. This now makes the AdiPower very similar to the Romaleos, but the one big question is whether or not the heel height of the AdiPower model will be proportional to the shoe size as we see in the Romaleos.

Adidas has gone through a lot of effort to make this shoe more breathable, something any true weightlifter who spends hours a day in their shoes can appreciate. If you look inside the shoe you will notice several large holes in the heel. I’m wondering if they have included some type of air circulating system through the heel/sole much like what you’ll find in a nice pair of dress shoes (Clarks have this). You will also find large holes in the toe area, back of the heel and along the side of the shoe. This coupled with the lightweight material that the entire shoe appears to be made of should keep your feet dry as well as make the shoe lighter.

As soon as these are on the market, we’ll release a full review! We’d like to thank for providing us with some inside info and a few extra photos!

31 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: 2012 Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoe”

  1. The picture looks to have a runner forefoot similar to what Reebok is doing with the CF/Oly shoe they have. Do you know if this will have as flexible a forefoot to make it a multi-purpose shoe?

    I just trust Adidas more with an O-lift shoe than I do Reebok until I can get some legit reviews from people that have worn them.

    1. I doubt their goal was a multi-purpose shoe. This line and its predecessor have always been intended for Olympic weightlifters exclusively.

      As I pointed out in the article, the forefoot appears to be made of an almost foam-like material which should allow excellent flexibility in the split jerk position. It does bring up a question about side-to-side stability though, depending on how soft the material is. I'm sure Adidas was smart enough to laterally reinforce the toe box but we won't know for sure until late January when we receive a review pair.

    2. why would you trust adidas more than Reebok .. they are one in the same … Adidas Corp Owns Reebok .. these are probably produced in the same factory and the R&D is most likely identical….the only real difference I can see is that you are paying $50 more for it to say Adidas .. have been a long time adidas Oly shoe wearer and am now sold on my Reebok oly shoes better stability than even the Romaleos I once owned… These shoes are the difference between a nissan 350z and a infinity G36… you are paying for the name

    3. I think he was implying that he trust Adidas more in the Oly shoe department because they've been making them longer than any other brand. I've found that Reebok Crossfit is totally compartmentalized and therefore, they do not share any of the R&D from Adidas or even Reebok themselves.

    1. Not sure, but it's possible that is the only color Adidas made. The AdiStar only came in solid white and the Power Perfect 2 was only available in white with red. Hopefully Adidas may drop more colors/styles – I'll keep an eye out on their official website.

    2. I hope not. The Black and white scheme they have been going with was fine and kinda of a neutral color. The Power Perfect 2 was okay because they basically released the same shoe with in the PowerLift with a variety. I'm not too picky when it comes to colors, but all red may be enough for me just to buy the black Romaleos.

  2. Just picked up the new AdiPower's from Dynamic Fitness. The rep said he is the only one that has them in the US right now. Be sure to give them a call if you are interested. Very friendly and accommodating. Can't wait to try them out in the morning!!!

    1. Rogue Fitness now has the Adidas AdiPower shoes available. They look more orange/red though – I need to ask them about that. Can anyone confirm these are the same color as the shoes available from Dynamic?

    1. We need to review these and the romaleos side by side and quite honestly – they're frickin expensive! Hopefully we can find someone to send us a review sample, if not then the reviews will be delayed until we have the funds.

  3. Rogue has the same ones as Dynamic. Definitely a solid well made shoe. I'm a big fan of the grip on the inside of the tongue as well. They are red but in the right light they look orange. I've only been able to lift in them once since I've been snowed in up here in Washington, but they feel amazing! Can't wait to do some more work in them.

    1. not bad review. I just wish that you could have elaborated on the sizing, width. etc.
      a comparison to your other lifting shoe.

    1. I just got my review pair in today. Sadly, they are not wider than the original AdiStars. I found them to fit extremely tight on my wide feet. I will have to give them a chance to break in some but it doesn't look like these will be a good option for wide feet just as the other Adidas Oly shoes weren't. Unfortunately, the new Nike 2 are somewhat disappointing so I guess I'm leaning towards the Reebok Olys.

    2. That's disappointing because finding a size 13 in the Reeboks is impossible. I almost had a pair from Rouge Fitness but they canceled the order because they ran out of stock. Let me ask you this, how does the width of this shoe compare to the Adidas powerlift?

    3. My contact at Reebok said they should have a new shipment of the Reebok Olys in February. Just keep checking the website – he assured me they would be there in all sizes when they get the new shipment.

      The powerlift trainers are wider than the AdiPower shoe with the trainers fitting more like a normal tennis shoe and the adipower fitting more like a cowboy boot.

    1. Soon. Real life is getting in the way right now but hopefully I'll have time to get all 6 new reviews up soon.

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