Who should wear the Anta KT 3

The KT 3 was released by the Chinese footwear company Anta in October 2017 as NBA All-Star Klay Thompson’s third signature shoe. It features a premium knit upper, the Anta-Eve cushioning system, and a multidirectional traction pattern on its outsole. This pair is a good option for you if:

  • You're looking for a shoe that's packed with solid technologies for your energetic game play.
  • You're a Klay Thompson follower.

Anta KT 3 anta branding

Anta's impressive midsole technologies

The cushioning system is called Anta-Eve. It basically is an EVA midsole courier that houses at the heel and forefoot two foam pads of varying densities. This setup is the same with the previous KT model.

Anta KT 3 midsole

However, for the KT 3, the foam pad at the heel is double stacked, ensuring better coverage for impact protection. This also creates a distinction: court feel at the forefoot, energy absorption at the heel.

Anta KT 3 heel

Effective outsole setup of Anta KT 3

The outsole features a circular pattern that is akin to a fingerprint. The grooves are widely-spaced, helping avoid dust buildup. The shoe comes with a solid rubber and translucent rubber outsole option, the latter being the stickier option. The KT3 is safe to play ball in, both on indoor and outdoor courts.

Anta KT 3 outsole

Snug, secure lockdown

Compared to the KT 2, the third of the Klay Thompson shoes does not have the same one-to-one fit. In fact, the forefoot has more toe space largely because of the shoe's knit material. This, however, does not affect the shoe's lockdown. But if a snug fit is a preferred, double-socking vastly helps.

Anta KT 3 laces

The KT 3 goes by a traditional lacing system with an additional Flywire-esque technology that the laces loop into. A unique characteristic of the shoe is the removable strap that runs across the top of the top-most lace, providing ankle protection.

Anta KT 3 strap

Anta KT 3's stellar construction

Knit is used to clothe the KT 3. The material is reinforced with nylon and fuse for added structure. The midsole is made of EVA. TPU is used for the lateral midsole cage and the external heel cup at the back, providing lateral and vertical containment. Lastly, depending on the colorway, the outsole is made of either solid or translucent rubber.

Anta KT 3 upper

Premium style of Anta KT 3

The KT 3’s silhouette is similar to its previous models. Released with more than five colorways, the shoe is viewed to be a step up, aesthetically, from Klay’s past shoes. The fully knitted upper gives a the shoe a premium feel, while the strap on the ankle emphasizes the shoe’s high-top cut. The mixture of textures and lines on the shoe give it another dimension.

Anta KT 3 style

Klay Thompson’s signature is embossed on the shoe’s heel while the Anta logo is stamped on the tongue and the medial side of the shoe.

Anta KT 3 sign

Facts / Specs

Weight: 14.4oz
Top: High
Signature: Klay Thompson
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Features: Ankle support

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.