Finding the right skate shoes can be tough. If you buy from an unknown company, you run the risk of getting shoes that don't give you what your feet need to skate. No one wants thin insoles or ankle pieces that tear your feet up. Luckily, there are some tried and true brands with kicks that can make sure you get to skate in style. The Adidas 3ST.001 Men's Skateboarding Shoe is one of the greats for 2019 summer skateboarding. Everything about these shoes is designed with comfort and stability in mind.
Whether you're old school or neo, you can rock the Adidas 3ST.001. The iconic three striped sides show everyone you're a fan of the brand, plus they just look cool. Adidas knows we like choices, so they created four different color stories for these outstanding shoes. There's a black, cloud white and silver option for a classic black sneaker. If you like the clean, polished look of a white shoe, they have the cloud white and grey. Speaking of grey, you can catch a pair in soft suede grey "Onix white," with a black sole, or grab yours in a dark rich, dressy blue. Whatever colorway is your style, they have a 001 to match.
Adidas 3ST is so good they made more of them. Beyond just the 001, they make models ranging up to the 004. Not all of the 3STs sport the classic stripes, only the 001s and the 004s, but they still look like they're from the same family. Some things are just so great you have to make more.
Gotta Have Grip
If you can't hold on to the board, you can't skate. A lame, not texture sole might work for a novice who's practicing on the driveway at home, but you can't go pro, or even hit the skate park kitted out like that. Sure, the sandpaper texture of a skateboard is made to help you out, but you have to meet it halfway. Adidas thought hard about how to get the best hold on a board, and they came up with an excellent solution. The unique honeycomb pattern on the bottom () of these kicks is made to move with maximum flex. The divots in the center of each cell allow them to bend and flex with your foot.
Feels So Nice
There are plenty of so-so shoes that fall flat when you need them to stay cushy. A shoe with a cheap insole is going to leave you sore even if you never eat asphalt. Not the ST3 001s, you can count on Adidas for a shoe that fits almost like it's already broken in right out of the box. Plus, that nice 001 arch support and ample toe room to keep your feet comfy even when you go hard on the rails.
The mesh outer material gives you airflow, so you'll stay cooler too, which is a serious bonus in our book. No one wants to smell like feet, and while your shoe can't stop foot odor, it can give you more breathability, so it doesn't choke any sponsors who happen to be passing your local park looking for talent.
No one really talks about it, but most skaters have busted the bottom of their shoe right where the toes flex under the ball of your foot. Stiff rubber toes simply won't cut it, so Adidas gave their ST3s a nice bendable to that lets you move however you need to and not risk cracking a hard sole. There's nothing lamer than heading in early or stepping in a puddle with a busted shoe. Skip that drama and skate harder with more confidence that you picked the right gear for the job. With the 001s on your feet, all you need to worry about is whether your trucks can handle the pressure.
You might have noticed our favorite detail, the panels. A layer of flexible semi-opaque rubber where you ollie helps you pull off your favorite stunts. They added another panel back by the heel, and a third on the other side where the arch of your foot is. Added stability and toughness right where you want it is the sort of well-considered detail you won't find everywhere. Adidas obviously watched the pros and asked them what they need from a good skate shoe.
Ankles matter. Anyone who's ever twisted one or broken one can attest to that. You have to stay flexible to get a good ride on a board, whether you're cruising to work on a longboard, or doing a Gazelle Flip at the Olympics in 2020. To give you the ultimate range of motion, Adidas kept these sneakers super low top. While there isn't much binding your ankles, you will find excellent support wherever these superb shoes touch. The overall comfort and durability based design impressed us. It seems like the ST3 001 will hold up even in the roughest skating conditions.
Park or street, everyone has their favorite spot to grind a rail or try to learn a Caberiall Kickflip like Chase Jones. We all want to look and feel our best when we head out to skate, after all, that's why so many companies make skate wear. Whether you're just taking out your first new board, or you ride with the old pros, we think you'll like these shoes. Adidas did everything right, and you won't find a more comfortable skate shoe.
Written by Garrett Parker
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