The Adidas Performance Women’s Powerlift 3 Cross-Trainer Shoe is essentially a newer, more improved, and upgraded version of the highly popular and notably high-rated Adidas Powerlift 2. It is certainly greatly improved and more powerful. Plus, it is currently rated #1 in our women’s weightlifting shoe guide.adidas powerlift 3 womens side

It features a lockdown fit style, and its innovative extra-wide design allows your foot to spread out for maximum stability. The Powerlift 3 is a shoe where the upper is snug-fitting and the midfoot strap is wide to offer extra support, just where it is needed most.

The midsole has a high-density die-cut wedge that keeps the wearer closer to the ground while also offering added lightweight stability, more so than other non-performance shoes.

The Powerlift 3 trainer shoe features a rubber sole, a lace-up, hook-and-loop strap overlay, and an air-mesh tongue, collar, and lining. The outsole offers anti-slip properties giving you the maximum amount of grip possible.

What Makes Them So Good?

We rated these highly in our weightlifting shoe article here because they are very high-quality powerlifting shoes. If you’re seeking a pair of shoes for the gym at a reasonable price that will also aid you in achieving the results that you want while at the gym, the Adidas Performance Powerlift 3 Cross-Trainers just might be exactly what you need.

The Adidas Powerlift 3 is a great improvement on the Powerlift 2 shoe, with the most noticeable differences being:

  • Wider straps to provide a tighter fit
  • Increased breathability with the air mesh lining
  • Improved and upgraded anti-slip outsole

This shoe is designed to handle virtually any level of weight that is thrown at it. Although it’s primarily intended to be worn as a weightlifting sneaker, it has the flexibility to also handle minute amounts of jumping, sprinting, and even rope-climbing; pretty much any activities you would participate in while enduring a CrossFit type of workout and/or training session. However, when it comes to workouts and routines that focus mainly on weightlifting, these shoes truly foot the bill.

Another great benefit of these shoes is that they are some of the cheapest around. This certainly makes them worth it if you are new to weightlifting shoes.


Other notable advantages that we found with the Powerlift 3:

  • They are on the cheaper end when it comes to prices
  • The leather upper is lightweight for extra comfort and added ankle support
  • Air mesh design throughout for extra breathability
  • The heel-to-toe drop is low making it an ideal weightlifting and squat shoe
  • The midsole is of notably high density
  • A solid and secure fit is ensured by the wide strap over the laces
  • The highly stable platform makes it suitable for powerlifting activities


There were of course a few downsides to the Adidas women’s shoe. These were:

  • If you happen to be a person with very narrow feet, the extra-wide fit of the Adidas Powerlift 3 Cross-Trainer shoe might not be the most ideal choice for you.
  • They are not particularly designed for a large amount of jumping or running (although doing these activities in smaller amounts is fine with this shoe). The Inov-8 fastlifts are a better option for those activities.


If you happen to be in the market for a high-quality pair of shoes that are specially designed for powerlifting/weightlifting activities, the Adidas Powerlift 3 Cross-trainers should most definitely be up for consideration. Their innovative design and reasonable price tag make them worth considering for any female weight trainer.