The Adidas Drehkraft is a completely different beast from most weightlifting shoes that I’ve seen. Ever 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 my first time seeing it. You could say that made an impression.
But how does that hold up in practice, is it an innovation or just a gimmick? I think the sea of positive reviews says a lot about how good it actually is.
It’s more useful than you might think and makes tying shoes a thing of the past at the same time. It’s not ever going to be the same as two trusty straps, but you won’t slip out of it either.
The best part of it is that the “boa” system is surprisingly intuitive to use. It would be a huge miss by Adidas if the primary attention-grabber was a pain in the ass to use, right?.
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 the shoe is the excellent standard you might expect. Adidas surprised me with a shoe that has some of their normal lifting shoe traits paired with some unusual ones.
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 hustle over to the CrossFit section now!
The shoe’s heel and sole just don’t support movement necessary for that kind of exercise. However, they do 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 keeps me from recommending it as an 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) they’re a strong option.
Adidas has a lot of experience with lifting shoes and you can definitely tell with the Drehkraft. The look is very reminiscent of the Adidas Powerlift 3.
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 a great oly shoe 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 helps a ton.
Plus, 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 weightlifting 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 a great shoe for someone interested in something different. 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 is light compared to other lifting shoes, 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. You won’t go wrong with this unique shoe.
The Drehkraft’s 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 downside 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 that this shoe isn’t as specialized as the Leistung is when it comes to Olympic lifting though.
Not having to deal with shoelaces is a pretty tempting selling point by itself. You owe it to yourself to check this one out.