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7 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers agree that the Adidas Palace Pro shoe looks great on and off the board.  
  • This skate shoe is so beautiful that some commenters say that they wanted to cop it right away the first time they saw it.  
  • The cupsole construction of the Adidas Palace Pro shoe is excellent,  several reviewers claim.
  • A video reviewer states that this Adidas Originals and Palace collaboration shoe is one of the most worn shoes in his sneaker collection. 
  • Numerous wearers describe the Palace Pro as “super clean.” 
  • Some reviewers report that this low-top got them tons of compliments from other people. 
  • The Adidas Palace Pro shoe is surprisingly light and fairly comfortable despite a lack of added cushioning, a couple of reviewers observe.  

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some commenters say that the Palace Pro by Adidas is too expensive.  
  • Many buyers express difficulties acquiring a pair of this collaborative model between Adidas Originals and Palace Skateboards.  
  • For some reviewers, their only complaint about this shoe is that the laces are extremely long. 

Bottom line

The Adidas Palace Pro, which initially released in 2015, is one of the first shoes produced under the Adidas Originals and Palace Skateboards collaboration. Sneakerheads have since been anticipating its debut for its “clean” and a “must-have” vibe.   

This low-top skate sneaker is aesthetically pleasing such that finding a pair is challenging for most. It features a durable suede upper, TPU heel cage, and rubber outsole. Many were surprised by its comfortable fit despite the minimal padding. 

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Palace Pro
Collection: Adidas Skateboarding
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue
Size
Small True to size Large
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The first collaborative shoe between Adidas Originals and Palace Skateboarders is dubbed officially as the Adidas Palace Pro. It has a low-top profile with thinly-padded collar and tongue for flexible movement of the ankle, which could give a half size bigger than usual fit. Like most sneakers, this shoe also features adjustable lace-up closure for a snug fit that secures the feet. On the heel is a striped pull tab for convenient on-and-off wearing. 

The Adidas Palace Pro is a low-top skate shoe that doubles as a casual, street-ready sneaker. It has this signature classic Three Stripes styling, but with hints of Palace Skateboards’ influence and modern flair. A Palace branding is placed on the outer side wall, while both the Adidas Trefoil and Palace logos are visible on the tongue for an authentic classic feel.

Buyers could choose from a lineup of toned down colorways that are all easy-to-wear and match with almost any set of wardrobe, especially if you are aiming for a relaxed and casual look. Adidas and Palace Skateboards designed the Palace Pro as the kind of shoe that anyone could wear (and look great!) on and off the board. Wear it with shorts, jeans, chinos, or even jogger pants, and you are all set to go.

The Adidas Palace Pro has always been an anticipated release for several reasons and one of these, clearly, is its noteworthy features that called the attention of most Three Stripes collectors and sneakerheads.  

The upper material varies, but one constant feature is the TPU heel cage which provides additional support and stability. The midsole also deserves a spotlight, as it was taken from the Adidas Gazelle tooling. Another distinctive feature is the Palace brandings on the aglets and the bold Trefoil-patterned outsole in a cupsole construction.  

Further, some colorways feature a vibrant semi-translucent outsole.  

Adidas Originals, in collaboration with UK-based Palace Skateboards, released a full collection of their collaborative sneakers that include the Adidas Palace Pro and the Adidas Palace Pro Primeknit.  

The first collection dropped on May 16th, 2015, which includes two colorways for each model. The Adidas Palace Pro features a silhouette based on the Gazelle tooling, but with a classic and casual heritage mixed with modern styling. The two colorways that debuted this collaborative shoe are the gray/white upper with a translucent sole and the black/white colorway.  

On May 21st, 2016, two more colorways of the Palace Pro were released. Both in a suede construction for a more premium appeal and durable exterior, the first color has a navy and white combo while the second has a black upper with a pop of orange accents and a gum sole.  

Since the partnership commenced, Adidas Originals and Palace Skateboards have already released a Boost version and a waterproof version of their original collaborative sneaker silhouette that are all well-received by the market as the first two models. In 2017, the Adidas Palace Pro 2 made its debut as a follow-up to the 2015 Palace Pro.  

However, despite the new release of the Palace Pro 2, Adidas and Palace Skateboards brought back the Palace Pro shoe in two new colorways that are inspired by London-based skate legends Chewy Cannon and Benny Fairfax on November 17th, 2017. Benny’s Palace Pro comes with a light gray color on the upper with black accents, a semi-translucent teal blue sole, and a “Fairfax” instead of “Palace” text branding on the outer sidewall. Chewy’s, on the other hand, features a Samba black upper with white accents that sits atop a semi-translucent neon green sole. Similarly, the outer sidewall displays a “Chewy” text branding instead of “Palace.”

  • The insoles are removable. 
  • There is also perforation detailing all throughout the upper, regardless of colorway, that makes the Palace Pro breathable and more comfortable.  
  • The heel pull tab is accented with stripe design detail.  
  • Palace text branding is displayed only on the outer sidewall. The inner sidewall shows no any sign of branding except the signature Three Stripes.  
  • The tongue displays both the Adidas Trefoil and the Palace Skateboards logos.  

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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