The Adidas Drehkraft is a significant departure from most weight lifting shoes that I’ve seen. Instead of laces or a strap, It uses a unique”boa” lacing system to secure your feet in place. I’ve seen this in a few other shoes, but this was the shoe that exposed me to it.
But how does that hold up in practice, is it an innovation or just a gimmick? I think the sea of positive reviews really speak volumes about the shoe’s validity.
It’s more useful than you might think and makes tying shoes a thing of the past at the same time. It’s not going to keep your feet quite as secure as a strap would, but you won’t slip out of it by any means. It’s not an exclusively olympic weightlifting shoe by design, but I think you’ll find it more than capable of performing those exercises.
The boa system is surprisingly intuitive to use. It would be a huge miss by Adidas if the primary attention-grabber was a pain to use. Don’t get me wrong though, I still wouldn’t mind if they used straps just to put this shoe over the top!
The rest of shoe is pretty interesting as well. Adidas surprised me with a shoe that has some of their normal lifting shoe traits paired with some unusual ones, like the slightly taller heel.
Designed with a purpose in mind
It’s not designed for running or jumping, so if you’re looking for that out of a shoe you might want to go to the CrossFit section now!
The shoe’s heel and sole just don’t support movement necessary for that kind of exercise. They do however support some serious weightlifting potential.
To me this shoe is a perfect shoe to have more of a weightlifting vibe than the average lifting shoe. With a heel height of .75″ it is about .15-.25″ taller than the average shoe that is solely for compound lifts.
However, the lack of straps gives me a little bit of hesitation to recommend it as a full on olympic weightlifting shoe. I’m a big fan of oly shoes that have straps because of how secure they make your foot feels in them. It takes your mind off of what’s on your feet with the confidence they give.
If you’re looking for a more ‘active’ shoe I recommend looking at some of the cross-trainers by Reebok. For someone just interested in the big three (squat, deadlift and bench) I think they are an excellent shoe.
Adidas is a brand that has a lot of experience with lifting shoes and that definitely carries over to the Drehkraft. The look is very reminiscent of the Adidas Powerlift 2.
The Adidas Drehkraft hits the key points of a lifting shoe
- Tall heel profile
The .75 inch heel makes it a great shoe for hitting depth on your squats, and not being too tall either. It’s even high enough you could probably dabble with some olympic lifting, but I would still recommend getting a dedicated shoe for it if that is your goal in the gym.
As mentioned above, straps would have made this the sleeper oly shoe hit in my book.
- Wide toe box
The shoe is a little wider which helps the stability factor a lot, compared to narrow shoes. More surface area to distribute the weight across, and you won’t feel like you’re going to fall over with a ton of weight on your back.
People with wider feet will appreciate the fit of the Drehkraft.
- Quality materials / build
Coming from Adidas, you know that the shoe is going to be solid. It’s one brand I am a big fan of when it comes to weight lifting shoes because everything they offer is so well made.
That and the fact there are virtually no complaints about the unique lacing system, which is the focal point of the shoe.
When it comes to the build of them, the shoes are mainly synthetic which is more or less normal for 95% of lifting shoes these days.
All of these key points make for what I consider the most important factor in having an effective squat or deadlift: stability.
If you don’t have that then you cant have good form to lift weight effectively or safely.
You have to be able to trust what is essentially the foundation of your lift! Many people lift in shoes that aren’t designed for weight lifting and end up having problems because of it.
Final thoughts on the Adidas Drehkraft
I’d consider this another great shoe for for someone interested in trying olympic lifts. If you are looking for a shoe that is good for crossfit, I recommend going with a cross-trainer and not the Drehkraft. It is strictly a shoe for compound lifts, as shown by the shape of the shoe and .75″ heel profile.
It has a nice light weight, an effective alternative to normal lacing / straps, and comes from Adidas so you know it’s a quality brand that you can trust. On top of that it’s reasonably priced, making it a good buy for pretty much anyone that is hard to go wrong with.
The shoes success even paved the way for another model
Perhaps what I find the most interesting though is how Adidas used this shoe to test out the lacing system before unveiling the Leistung. Logically I guess we can assume the Drehkraft paved the way for a more “official” olympic lifting shoe.
The down side to the Leistung being the front runner is that you are going to pay significantly more for it. There is an argument to be made though that this shoe isn’t as specialized as the Leistung is when it comes to Olympic lifting though.
If you needed any proof that the lacing system is effective, that is it. They would not have introduced a flagship weightlifting shoe if it didn’t work!
Not having to deal with shoe laces is a pretty tempting selling point by itself. You owe it to yourself to check this one out.