- The Essential Star 3 is a workout shoe from Adidas which is meant to be used for both indoor and outdoor training sessions. It looks similar to its predecessor. It still features a breathable mesh upper material, a midsole that is effective in absorbing shock and responsive to movements, and an outsole that provides adequate traction.
- The side panel is what differentiates this version from the Essential Star 2. Instead of being embossed with solid synthetic overlays, the three stripes now use a sewn-in reflective material.
The Essential Star 3 is only available in men’s sizes. It has true-to-size measurements. The trainer is available in D - Medium width. The toe box is slightly narrow, so consumers are advised to try the shoe in person to get the correct size and fit.
The Essential Star 3 features a non-marking outsole. This type of rubber does not leave black streaks on the floors of gyms, indoor courts or even dance studios. It is also durable, flexible and does not slip easily on wet surfaces.
The diamond pattern of the outsole accommodates multidirectional movements. The perimeter of the forefoot and the heel areas have tread patterns that provide traction during training.
The midsole of the Essential Star 3 uses two technologies to deliver a comfortable base for the foot. The first material, Cloudfoam, is derived from ethylene-vinyl acetate, a type of foam that is lightweight, provides excellent shock absorption, and resilient.
The second material, ADIPRENE+, is another type of foam situated in the forefoot area. It absorbs shock and turns it into energy used for propulsion. Part of the midsole extends upwards to provide support and steadiness to the sides of the foot.
Multiple layers of mesh material comprise the upper of the Essential Star 3 to keep the interior well ventilated. The multilayer constructions allow it to retain its form and provide adequate support to the top of the foot.
Synthetic overlays reinforce high-wear areas of the upper such as the toe box, the midfoot and the heel clip. This material is a shield against abrasion during intense activities such as burpees, rope climbs, and wall climbs.
The Adidas Essential Star 3 uses a traditional lace-up closure with round laces that allow users to adjust the fit to their preference. The laces pass through a small slot on top of the lightly padded tongue to keep it from moving out of place.
Lining the interior is a soft textile that reduces friction inside the shoe. It absorbs moisture to keep the foot fresh as well.
A plush collar supports the ankle. It also prevents the foot from accidentally slipping out.
It also has a heel clip that anchors the back part of the foot to the midsole. This mechanism prevents accidental foot and heel slippage while on the move.