The most unconventional weightlifting shoe out there
The Adidas Leistung seems to divide people into two groups immediately upon seeing it. Those who think it looks cool, and those who think it’s as ugly as they come. Personally I had mixed feelings at first, but I actually really like the look of it now. One thing is for sure though, it is one of the best weightlifting shoes out there right now! But what makes it so good? Let’s dive into the features of this unconventional beast and find out:
- The unique boa lacing
The only other shoe I have seen with this kind of lacing system is the Adidas Drehkraft, which also got excellent feedback for this unique lacing system. The biggest question you probably have though is “does it work?” And I have to say the answer is a resounding yes. Replacing the conventional velcro straps that most lifting shoe have is a big move and if this didn’t work they would not be able to compete with other brands.
It is very intuitive to use, you just twist it to your desired tightness and it locks in place. It also makes slipping in and out of the shoe a breeze which is a nice plus to the convenience factor. Let’s face it, it is annoying to lace up a lifting shoe and strap up all the velcro every time you go to the gym. Most of the time I just slip in to the shoe and wrap the velcro strap, but that’s just me being lazy.
Every review I’ve seen of people’s experiences with the lacing is that of pleasant surprise. I guess Adidas really got it right with the Drehkraft as a test run and stepped it up to a full on weightlifting shoe. It’s a great feature that really makes it stand out from its competition.
- The 1″ heel
This is what separates the shoe from a ton of other ones right out of the gate as well. Most weightlifting shoes have a heel height of .5″, and those more designed for olympic lifting have one that is .75″. The height of the heel allows you to get in position easier and with better form. I always write in my articles how important ankle mobility is, but having a 1″ heel will basically guarantee that you have no issues with it.
- Excellent build quality
Anyone buying a top of the line weightlifting shoe expects the best quality they can get. And that is exactly what you get with the Adidas Leistung! They are using top of the line synthetic materials along with TPU on the sides for extra support. You definitely do not have to worry about any kind of stability with these when you’re getting into some intense lifting. The synthetic materials also make the shoe very lightweight so you won’t feel clunky at all.
So where are the downsides of the Adidas Leistung?
It’s honestly hard to say that it has any genuine downsides, but I’ll try my best to keep it real and give some potential drawbacks.
As impressed as I am with the shoe, nothing is immune from a little criticism and it might be the difference in helping you decide if it is the right shoe for you. Let’s check out some things you might want to consider:
Like I mentioned in the beginning, it has a very polarizing look that a lot of people either love or hate. Not only that, it only comes in one color for the time being. However, I feel like the look is distinct and if anything gets attention more than anything. As far as lifting shoes go you could do MUCH worse in the looks department. When it comes down to it, the shoe performs well and that is what matters.
- Not for a beginner
Beginners are better off building a foundation (of strength and form) before taking the leap to an expensive weightlifting shoe. The main reason here is that the 1″ heel is very different from most other lifting shoes and could be weird to get used to for someone brand new. I’m not saying it couldn’t work, but that it is better to take steps and “progress” to the next shoe when you know how it will benefit your training and performance.
I don’t consider the two points above to be real downsides, just things to be aware of. To me a real downside and sign to not purchase a shoe would be something like poor build quality or too high of a price, neither of which apply here!
Throwing it all together
If you’re looking to take your weightlifting to the next level, you can hardly go wrong with the Adidas Leistung.
The lacing system is a total game changer in terms of functionality and convenience from other weightlifting shoes out there right now. It is surprising how effective it is.
With a 1″ heel you will have no problem getting into positions that require high amounts of ankle mobility. Say goodbye to putting your heels on weights to simulate the effect of a higher shoe heel!
Lastly, with a major brand like Adidas you know you are getting a quality shoe that’s going to last for years to come in the gym. The materials used are top notch for durability and more importantly, stability.