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5 Best Adidas Gym Shoes | Picks for Cross-Training, HIIT, and Weightlifting

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It’s been interesting watching Adidas ebb and flow over the last few years with their workout shoes. In the world of cross-training and CrossFit, I feel like Adidas is finely starting to gain more momentum in 2024.

For example, I’ve been a huge fan of some of the Adidas training shoes like the Dropset Trainer 2 for both lifting and CrossFit. And I’ve expressed this multiple times, but I think this is one of the strongest trainers in 2023 and 2024.

If you’re a fan of Adidas shoes and you’ve been on the fence between multiple models, hopefully this list helps sort you out. I’ve built my performance categories to reflect the strongest Adidas shoes for different contexts.

My Top Picks for Adidas Workout Shoes

When considering the best Adidas for training, I would suggest creating a list of your workout needs and taking note of your foot anatomy, then cross-referencing that with each Adidas shoe’s performance in the gym.

Best Overall Adidas Shoes for Working Out

For this section, I’ll be picking my favorite Adidas shoe for doing a little bit of everything. This is what I call the “generalist” section and is great for anyone who lifts, jumps, sprints, and does athletic-focused workouts on a weekly basis.

Top Pick: Adidas Dropset Trainer 2

  • Pros: Great stability for lifting, lightweight and secure upper, grippy outsole
  • Cons: Not the best for running
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 9.85 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Dropset Trainer 2: Read My Review

Adidas Dropset Trainer 2

$130

Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 Product Shot
4.7
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.8
Durability
4.7
Quality
4.6

Best For

  • Cross-Training
  • CrossFit Workouts
  • Heavier Strength Training
  • Athletic Focused Sessions
  • Wider Feet

Falls Short

  • For Running

The Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 is my top pick as the best overall training shoe from Adidas. To be honest, this has been the first Adidas shoe in quite some time that has really performed exceptionally well across the board.

In the context of lifting, the Dropset Trainer 2 features a dual-density midsole that has a relatively low stack height. This shoe has been stable under 500 lb deadlifts and it has good ground feedback when doing things like clean & jerks.

Testing the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 for Deadlifts

The outsole in this shoe also has a good level of tread and I have yet to experience slip issues in this model. If you vary the surfaces you’re training on, you’ll enjoy the Dropset Trainer 2’s traction, especially for explosive work.

The more anatomical toe box in this shoe is also a nice perk for promoting toe splay and giving this shoe a more comfortable for training with a wider range of foot anatomies.

Best Budget Adidas Shoes for Training

If you want a good budget training shoe that costs under $100 USD, then you’re in luck, because Adidas has actually delivered a relatively strong budget-friendly training that has good versatility.

Top Pick: Adidas Everyset

  • Pros: Good stability for a budget model, bouncy midsole for cross-training, great outsole grip
  • Cons: Toe box can feel a little snug, stability may lack past 500 lbs
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: N/A
  • Weight: 10.20 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: No
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Adidas Everyset: Read My Review

Adidas Everyset

Adidas Everyset Training Shoes Product Shot
4.4
Stability
4.4
Versatility
4.5
Durability
4.3
Quality
4.2

Best For

  • Recreational Lifting
  • Cross-Training
  • Short Runs <1-2 Miles
  • HIIT Workouts
  • Narrow and Medium Width Feet

Falls Short

  • For Heavy Lifting
  • For Wide Feet
  • For CrossFit

The Adidas Everyset is taking my top pick as the best budget training shoe from Adidas, and for me, this shoe wins by a considerable margin especially compared to other Adidas budget shoes like the Trainer V.

The Adidas Everyset is a good “jack-of-all-trades” training shoe for a decent price. This model costs around $90 USD, but you can typically find them on sale. For example, I bought my pair for around $66 USD and for that price, these shoes have been stellar.

Testing the Adidas Everyset for Deadlifts

This model features a dual-density EVA foam midsole that has a nice blend of responsiveness and stability, especially for beginner and intermediate lifters. This shoe is stable enough for things like 405 lb deadlifts and it feels good for exercises like jump rope.

I also like that this shoe has a full rubber outsole so traction is never an issue in them and they have a simplistic appearance. The Adidas Everyset is a good versatile training shoe that can also work for daily wear.

Best Adidas Shoes for CrossFit

Adidas training shoes are interesting, especially in the context of CrossFit, because Adidas doesn’t really make formal CrossFit shoes. However, that doesn’t mean their models can’t perform well in this vertical.

Top Pick: Adidas Dropset Trainer 2

  • Pros: Good durability for most WODs, awesome stability for heavy lifts, flexible forefoot for double-unders
  • Cons: Not the best for WODs with running
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 9.85 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Dropset Trainer 2: Read My Review

Adidas Dropset Trainer 2

$130

Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 Product Shot
4.7
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.8
Durability
4.7
Quality
4.6

Best For

  • Cross-Training
  • CrossFit Workouts
  • Heavier Strength Training
  • Athletic Focused Sessions
  • Wider Feet

Falls Short

  • For Running

The Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 is taking my top pick as the best Adidas shoe for CrossFit. This model has been subtly surprising with its performance for CrossFit WODs as the original Dropset Trainer was a little more sub-par in this vertical.

For CrossFit WODs specifically, there have been three things that I’ve really liked about the Dropset Trainer 2. In workouts that have Olympic lifts, this shoe is one of the stronger cross-training shoes on the market due to its stability and grip.

Testing the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 for Strength Training

You get a nice degree of ground feedback in this model, especially when doing explosive and dynamic lifts. I’ve also enjoyed this shoe’s performance for rope climbs and how its durability has held up with this exercise and movements like burpees.

The wider toe box and its ventilated sole are also perks, in my opinion. This shoe gives you enough room to splay the toes and its lightweight construction keeps them light and breathable even in hotter CrossFit box settings.

Best Adidas Shoes for Strength Training

If you want an Adidas shoe solely for strength training or powerlifting, then you’ll want a model with a lifting bias. While the Dropset Trainer 2 works really well for strength training, I think there is a better option for more niche strength asks.

Top Pick: Adidas The Total

  • Pros: Good stability for heavy training, great zero-drop option, awesome forefoot and midfoot width
  • Cons: Not the best for cross-training and versatility
  • Max Deadlift In This Shoe (thus far!): 540 lbs
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Weight: 12.1 ounces (size 10 model)
  • Adidas The Total: Read My Review

Adidas The Total

Adidas The Total Product Shot
4.7
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Powerlifters and Strength Athletes
  • Recreational Lifters
  • Flat and Wide Feet
  • Zero Drop Lovers

Falls Short

  • Cross-Training/CrossFit
  • HIIT, Running, and Plyos

The Adidas The Total is earning my top pick as the best Adidas shoe for strength training and powerlifting. The Total is Adidas’ flagship shoe for strength training that has gained a nice level of popularity with all types of lifters.

In the context of supporting lifting performance, this shoe has three features to like. First, this model’s midsole features a high-density EVA which is designed to be more rigid and stable under your heaviest lifts. I’ve deadlifted up to 540 lbs in this shoe with no issues.

Testing the Adidas The Total for squatting

Second, this model features a wider toe box and it has a relatively low arch so this is a good model for promoting toe splay. Plus, if you have wider feet, then you should feel like you have plenty of room with this shoe.

Third and lastly, the outsole does a good job of promoting traction on different surfaces and the midfoot strap gives you additional upper security. For sumo deadlifts and heavy strength work where you’re driving into the upper of your shoe, you should feel locked down.

Best Adidas Weightlifting Shoes

Adidas has made weightlifting shoes for countless years and they offer different models at different price points. Right now, they have two core weightlifting shoes available and these include the Adipower 3 and Powerlift 5.

Top Pick: Adidas Adipower 3

  • Pros: Good stability for heavy lifts, upper is secure and locks the feet down well, upper is durable
  • Cons: Fairly high price point, toe box can feel snug for wide feet
  • Effective Heel Height: 22mm/.86″
  • Weight: 17.60 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to size (neutral width)
  • Adidas Adipower 3: Read My Review

Adidas Adipower 3

Adidas Adipower III Product Shot
4.4
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.0
Durability
4.5

Best For

  • Weightlifting
  • Squats and Lower Body Exercises
  • Narrow and Neutral-Width Feet

Falls Short

  • For Wide Feet
  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Forefoot Mobility

The Adidas Adipower 3 is my top pick as the current best Adidas weightlifting shoe. This model has been a nice improvement over its predecessor the Adipower 2 which was arguably a big step backwards from the original Adipower.

The Adipower 3 has a nice level of stability and its TPU midsole and heel provide a nice level of ground feedback. When catching clean and jerks in this shoe, I like how snappy the midsole and heel feel.

Squatting in the Adidas Adipower 3

Outside of its stability, the Adipower has a good level of midfoot security. The midfoot strap in this model has been durable for all of my sessions and I like how well it locks down the foot when squatting and doing Olympic lifts.

Another perk of the Adipower 3 over its more budget-friendly peer the Powerlift 5 is the ripstop upper and overall construction feel more well-built and premium. If you can find the Adipower 3 on sale, I think they’re a good and consistent weightlifting shoe to invest in.

What to Look for In Adidas Shoes for Working Out

When looking into Adidas shoes for working out I think there are three construction features to consider based on your training needs and wants. Every shoe is built a little differently with niche features.

1. Stability of the Midsole and Outsole

The first feature that I think is important to assess is a shoe’s overall stability. Stability with training shoes generally comes from a model’s midsole then aspects like a shoe’s outsole can play a role in how dense or plush a shoe feels.

This is why it’s a good idea to cross-reference how you train with different materials used in Adidas shoes. For example, if you lift heavy, then you’ll want a denser midsole and you’ll want to go with options like the Dropset Trainer 2 or The Total.

Testing the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 for Lifting

Both of those models feature higher-density foam midsoles so they’ll get good options for lifters and athletes that plan to train heavier. Conversely, if you’re primarily doing HIIT, light lifting, and short runs, then you’ll want a model with a more responsive midsole.

My advice is to always check out reviews regarding the stability of certain shoes in different training verticals. Then you can formulate a good idea of how a shoe will perform stability-wise for your training needs.

2. Upper Durability

Another aspect to look at when buying new Adidas training shoes is the durability of a shoe’s upper — and really the durability of the shoe overall. Upper durability can be huge for activities like CrossFit and HIIT.

Testing the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 Sizing and Fit

For these training verticals, you’ll want to make sure that your Adidas shoes have reinforced layers. A good example here is the Everyset versus the Dropset Trainer 2. For general training, both of these shoes are fine as they both have some reinforced layers.

However, for CrossFit where you’ll have a lot more abrasion, you’ll want to go with the Dropset Trainer 2 because its materials are a little more built-out and strategic in placement.

Testing the Adidas Everyset for Daily Wear

Similar to the stability component, reviews are an awesome tool for assessing how long an Adidas shoe will likely last for your training needs. Everyone puts different stresses in their shoes and trains in their own way, so building a durability framework can be useful.

3. Sizing and Fit Preferences

The final aspect to consider with your Adidas training shoe is its sizing and fit. Adidas shoes can vary pretty greatly, especially in the context of width as more Adidas shoes trend towards anatomical toe boxes.

Adidas Adipower 3 Toe Box Width

If you know your foot’s anatomical needs then you can better decide on Adidas shoes that will fit you better and more naturally. For example, if you have narrower feet then you’ll resonate with models like the Everyset and Adipower 3.

If you need more width, then you’ll probably enjoy the fit of the Dropset Trainer 2 and The Total better, but remember, you’ll want to make sure that these shoes resonate with your training style as they’re all different regarding their performance intent. 

Final Verdict

The last few years have been pretty solid for the development of Adidas shoes for working out. Adidas hasn’t always built the best shoes for cross-training, in my opinion, so it’s nice to see them offering stronger options.

Whether you’re looking for a weightlifting shoe, an Adidas cross-training shoe, or an Adidas shoe that’s a little more flat for lifting, there’s likely an option that will resonate with your needs.

If you have additional questions about any of the Adidas training shoes featured in this article, drop a comment below or reach out via Instagram (@jake_boly or @that_fit_friend)!

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

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