Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Several skateboarders are pleasantly surprised with the Adidas 3ST.002 Primeknit's durability even after months of skating in them.
  • Some say that the shoe's one-piece upper avoids seam bursts, which is a common problem for skateboarders.
  • Most consumers adore this pair's unique design and find it very appealing.
  • A few online purchasers share that it looks better in person than in the photos.
  • This Primeknit iteration of the 3ST.002 offers a lighter and more breathable fit.
  • Majority of the reviewers find this sneaker to be very comfortable.
  • This kick's vulcanized outsole offers excellent grip and board feel, according to some.
  • Some wearers are delighted that this pair has sparked others' interests and has also garnered compliments.
  • The sneaker's simple design makes for a versatile pair that's an easy match with a multitude of ensembles.
  • Its slip-on style eliminates the fuss of having to tie shoelaces.

1 reasons not to buy

  • At $150, some buyers find it too pricey for a skate shoe and aren’t sure if they want to skate in them.

Bottom line

Redesigned from its predecessor's original blueprint, the Adidas 3ST.002 Primeknit retains its sibling's silhouette but is now made from the brand's innovative knitting technology. This update provides a lighter, more breathable, and flexible fit that enhances its overall comfort.

It is designed for skate performance as it features various technicalities such as a TPU coating and side cages for added durability. Likewise, the Geoflex tread design for excellent grip could prove beneficial for everyday wear.

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Good to know

The Adidas 3ST.002 PK is exclusively offered in men's sizes. Ladies who fancy a pair should go one size down from their standard shoe size. Its Primeknit upper provides a supportive, sock-like fit.

Its bold yet simple design exudes a futuristic yet versatile look that a few found to be stylishly one of a kind. Although not everyone is fond of it because it's "weird," some liked it for the very same reason and not to mention its functionality.

To complement its minimal style pairing it with cropped trousers or cuffed jeans are best. This kick's modern and progressive style will keep you looking good for days on and off the board.

This kick's extremely minimal and futuristic mid-top silhouette is what captures people's attention at first, while its Primeknit upper provide a stylish texture and depth to the shoe's design. Its TPU cages on the sides also offer added support and appeal. Lastly, its tonal color from tongue to outsole cements the shoe's minimalist style.

The Adidas 3ST.002 Primeknit is a second-generation release from the 3ST line. 3ST is Adidas Skateboarding's newest line, and their first release included two shoe models: the 3ST.001 and 3ST.002. The line was introduced in 2018 wherein they used an "open source workshop design approach" to create these futuristic skate shoes. In this approach professionals from both the design and skate teams sit down, have open discussions, and get involved in creating these Adidas shoe models from scratch.

The brand's Senior Footwear Designer, Scott Johnston shared that through the open discussions true collaboration ensued between artists from their respected fields. He also said that their vision for the 3ST line is to create the future of skate shoes, and the 3ST.001 and 3ST.002 were the by-products of their efforts.

The Adidas 3ST.002, specifically, exhibits a very futuristic yet timeless design. It is crafted from suede with mesh underlays. And with today's obsession with sock-like upper, Adidas released a Primeknit version of the 3ST.002 just weeks after the original was introduced. This iteration is called the Adidas 3ST.002 Primeknit and now features a lighter and more breathable fit. It is offered in two tonal colorway options.

  • The shoe's insoles are detachable.
  • A pull-tab is placed on the heel collar for easy on/off.
  • TORSION technology provides arch support for added comfort.
  • 3st means "3 stripes," which is Adidas' nickname and logo.


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