Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers recommend the Adidas 3MC for its sterling quality.
  • Almost all customers like its low-key minimalistic profile, which looks clean and classy on any outfit.
  • Plenty of testers have remarked positively on how comfortable the shoe is.
  • It has moderate arch support, a small handful of users commented.
  • Some wearers have  noted on its lightweight yet sturdy construction.
  • Many skaters have commended its durable, flexible, very grippy outsole, which also amplifies board feel for technical tricks.
  • Its pointed toe box delivers optimal board control, according to a few skaters.
  • More than a handful of customers wear these 3MCs for skateboarding and traveling.
  • According to several purchasers, the 3MCs need no breaking in as they feel great right from the get-go.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some skateboarders dislike the 3MC’s relatively flat insoles as they don’t provide enough cushioning for high-impact riding.
  • A few wearers have complained that its collar is cut too low that their heels slip out when walking.
  • Several females have observed that this model fits slightly wider.

Bottom line

Adidas nails it again with the 3MC, a blend of the Originals heritage and the skateboarding DNA. Its reinforced canvas upper features textured sidewalls, which reminds one of the Gazelle. Underfoot, a Geoflex outsole provides comfort, grip, and flexibility.

While primarily made for skating, the 3MC is still in its element off the board. Its simple, classic style seems transcendent. Everyone can get the best out of the Adidas 3MC, skater or not. 

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Good to know

These Adidas 3MCs are exclusively available in men’s sizing. Women who intend to grab a pair should go down one and a half sizes from their original sizing. In short, a women’s 10 should get men’s 8.5.

The 3MC possesses a skate DNA. That means a grippy outsole. With its low-top collar and lace-up built, the 3MC provides unhindered ankle mobility as well as a locked-in fit for the feet.

Just like its successors, such as the 3MC Vulc, the 3MC boasts of its straightforward design and function. It looks so basic that it almost looks like a classic staple shoe. That said, as a staple-looking shoe, the 3MC fits the staple choices of clothing, of both sexes. Such as joggers, pants, chinos—and skirts, shorts, and jeans. What’s the secret? First off, its slim, low-profile silhouette essentially looks great on feet and easy on the eyes.

As for colorways, the 3MC has many to offer to fits one’s tastes: Core Black/Cloud White/Silver Metallic, Aero Blue/Cloud White/Gum Red, Collegiate Burgundy/Core Black/Gold Metallic, and more.

First off, the Adidas 3MC almost looks exceedingly minimalistic, and as such, it stands out among most skate shoes, which often look edgy and bulky. The 3MC is a basic shoe, but versatile and elegant in its own simplicity.

One of the things that the art or sport of skateboarding exemplifies is joy and simplicity in all things. And that is what Adidas looks to embody in the Adidas 3MC, labeled under Adidas Skateboarding, which is a sub-category under Adidas Originals. With the 3MCs, Adidas have kept it straight and simple, as they did in the past, and they were among the ones who did it “simplicity” best.

  • The Adidas 3MC has an EVA sock liner, which welcomes the feet with sought-after breathability and comfort.
  • Some colorways feature a suede toe box instead of just plain canvas.


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