Adidas Powerlift 3
The Adidas Powerlift 3 is the newest iteration of the Powerlift. It is built well. It is a great mid level weightlifting shoe
We like these shoes as well. The heel is short so it is good for those just getting into using heels. It has a solid build and a decent price.
The Adidas Powerlift 3 shoe is a great beginning weightlifting shoe. It has a shorter heel than many of the other weightlifting shoes on the market. This Adidas Powerlift 3 has a 1/2 inch heel where many of the other shoes on the market have a heel of 3/4 of an inch. That 1/4 of an inch may not seem like a big deal but it can be for those not used to lifting with a heel under them. The Heel will shift the balance of the user and if you are not used to it you could have a little bit of a learning curve. These shoes will make that curve just a little less steep.
This shoe is also made of a different material than most shoes these days. The Adidas Powerlift 3 heel is made from what they are calling a weight lifting-engineered high density die cut wedge. They claim they made it from this in order to lower the overall weight of the shoe.
The Adidas Powerlift 3 is made of materials that may seem of less quality than that of the Adidas Adipowers. Instead of real leather, the Powerlift 3 shoes are made from a synthetic leather. Their are reasons for them using lesser quality materials. And it is simple. The price. You can't have all the best materials in a shoe and expect the price to stay low. The material by no means is bad. These are solid shoes they are light weight. The craftsmanship of these shoes is just as good as the Adipower shoes. The materials are simply different.
The Adidas Powerlift 3 are by all means not a CrossFit weightlifting shoe. They are also not like their big brother the Adipower. They are a lot more versatile than that of its sibling however. The front of the shoe is softer and allows for movement. You could potentially use these shoes for more functional movements because of that open front end of the shoe. I would not be taking this shoe and going out and doing metcons however. Maybe using it for Atlas stones or some form of loading events would be the most id ask for function from this shoe.