2014 Adidas Adipower
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2014 Adidas AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes
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Adidas has finally, for the first time, changed the colors of its flagship shoe mid way through the Olympic Quadrennial. Color and style changes historically have been reserved for the newest model released each Summer Olympic year, but it appears Adidas has stopped resting on its laurels and succumbed to the pressure by the onslaught of new-comers in the Weightlifting shoe arena.
This shoe, the 2014 Adipower is technically 98% the same shoe at the 2012 Adipower, except for the colors. ( See our full review on that shoe for more details.)
The one structural change, albeit slight, is immediately noticeable when wearing them; it is the elimination of the first loop eyelet. It escapes me why Adidas would do this; it makes the toe box looser. Lifters with wide feet will appreciate the room, but this could have simply been accomplished by skipping lacing that loop for those individuals. It also makes the already extremely flexible forefoot even more pliable. This would be welcome in the Nike Romaleos, but not necessary with the 2012 Adidas Adipowers. Eliminating the loop also gives bad aesthetics to the laced up shoe.
This small modification is slight, but a small step backward in performance and overall rating of the shoe. The color is a much needed update from the previous candy cane version; however, this lace modification is not worth the trade off.
Adidias Adipowers are still the best shoe on the market, but by a very very small margin. If Adidas continues to take steps backwards, and other shoe manufacturers such as Nike continue to make huge strides forward, it won’t be long until they lose their crown as the industry standard.