Brand: adidas Skateboarding

Model: 3ST.001 & 3ST.002

Key Features: The 3ST.001 features a breathable knit sock upper that is reinforced by suede and complemented by adiTuff technology at the forefoot. Elevated inset laces ensure minimal breakage. A semi-translucent outsole showcases the dual-density TORSION inside.

The 3ST.002 is is a sleek, mid-top silhouette that features a one-piece perforated suede upper. It’s lined with breathable mesh on the interior and equipped with a TPU cage for lateral stability. An all-new vulc outsole provides optimal board support.

Release Date: April 5

Price: 3ST.001: $95 & 3ST.002: $100

Buy: The 3ST.001 will be available at specialty retailers while the 3ST.002 will be available at worldwide retailers.

Editor’s Notes: We spoke with adidas Skateboarding Senior Footwear Designer Scott Johnston, who explained the collection even further by noting, "The 3ST design is essentially what future skate shoes can look and feel like. We pushed the boundaries and reimagined adidas’ iconic footwear."

Delving into the technical details, Johnston mentions, "Stability is everything in sports. It’s important for athletes to have the right balance. Vulcanized shoes are usually known for offering great grip and board feel but sometimes lack stability. In the 3ST.001 and 3ST.002, we added in a layer of Torsion for stability, which also provides durability. This can be seen on the lateral forefoot side where the Torsion wraps up into the high-wear area, and within the heel and medial region where it stabilizes the arch and heel."

As far as how the atypical skateboarding footwear will be received by skateboarders, Johnston forecasts, "I expect these shoes to have a lot of chatter around them, which can be a good thing, no matter what the conversation is. I hope those who wear traditional skate shoes get inspired to try something new when they see our team wearing the new 3ST models. It’s refreshing to change your set-up once in a while."

Finally, Johnston concludes by saying, "Innovations in skateboarding footwear can lag behind other sports, but skateboarding is nothing like the other sports. Skaters wear casual gear, usually what’s comfortable for them as individuals. Not uniforms. Because of this, they don’t specifically need much in regards to technology but when it can be used in the right way, it changes everything."

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