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Overview and review of the Adidas Leistung 16 shoes

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jun 29, 2019 9:30:00 AM


Overview and review of the Adidas Leistung 16 

The Adidas Leistung 16 will put you back somewhere between $140 to $224 depending on where you get them from and what color you choose. This article was originally posted in the overview "which powerlifting shoes to buy" on this blog.

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Overview of the Adidas Leistung 16

The Adidas Leistung 16 for first introduced at the Rio Olympic games. Their special feature is the Boa closing system which tightens the shoe around our midfoot. The German word Leistung translates into performance. The effective heel height comes to 24.8mm with a total of 38mm. Following sizes and colors and sizes are available for the Adidas Leistung 16:
  • 7.0
  • 7.5
  • 8.0
  • 8.5
  • 9.0
  • 9.5
  • 10.0
  • 10.5
  • 11.0
  • 11.5
  • 12.0
  • 12.5
  • 13.0

Colors for the Adidas Leistung 16

  • Gray/White
  • Black/Carbon
  • Silver/Amber/Cargo
This is one of the most expensive and spacey weightlifting shoes you can get due to the Boa System. 

Pros of the Adidas Leistung 16

If you like the Boa System, this shoe is a great addition to your arsenal to quickly get in and out of and provide extra stability to your midfoot. The shoe is also not too heavy which can be helpful when used in CrossFit.

Cons of the Adidas Leistung 16

The high price and gimmicky closing mechanism might put some people off. If you want something more traditional you might want to go with the Nike Romaleos or Adidas Adipower instead. 

Alternatives to the Adidas Leistung 16

Alternatives to the Adidas Leistung 16 are
The Nike Romaleos are available in more popping colors than the Leistung 16 and have a traditional lacing system to close. They are also a little lighter as the heel has been hollowed out to save weight.
The Reebok legacy lifters are one of the heaviest pair of weightlifting shoes. This makes it a good option for powerlifters who gladly trade speed for stability. 
If you want to stick with Adidas, but want to ditch the Boa lacing system, the Adidas Adipower shoes are the tool of choice. You will get one of the weightlifting shoes which has been around the longest with this option.

Topics: Powerlifting