Our verdict

The Adidas Busenitz has been around for a while but after I witnessed its durability and versatility, it's easy to understand how it stands on its own against modern skate shoes. More than anything, it's a really clean-looking sneaker that I found to work just as well on a night out as it does in a skatepark. It helps that the shoe is easy to clean, sturdy, and has loads of cushioning to keep me comfy and supported.


  • Incredibly durable
  • Fits true to size
  • Grippy as anything
  • Technical shoe for responsive skating
  • Surprisingly weatherproof
  • Classic silhouette
  • Easy to clean


  • Takes a long time to break it
  • Narrow in the toe box
  • The big tongue isn't for everyone
  • Not very breathable

Audience verdict


The Adidas Busenitz is a team product

In the skate world, the name Busentitz has become more synonymous with a skate team than the man himself. Team rider Rodrigo Teixeira “wears the shoe more than I do,” says Busenitz. 

Adidas Busenitz On foot review

Among a scene of increasingly athletic-looking skate shoes, the Busenitz remains a middle ground between the street style that brought skateboarding to where it is today and the Olympic parks of its future. 

The Oversized tongue is a big no for us

Adidas Busenitz review Front view

I picked up a pair in Ash Grey which is more like a dusty blue. I really love the gum sole though, personally, that’s my favourite look on a skate shoe. I’m not the biggest fan of the oversized tongue, which Adidas lets you ‘customise’ by suggesting where to cut it off. 

Withstands anything short of a saw

Adidas Busenitz Upper Durability Review

The shoe is durable not just to time but to the heavy use skateboarders make of it. With a suede textile upper that only produced dust from my testing the promise is there that these should last a fair amount of heavy sessions. If you’re just wearing them for style, then you’re going to be more than okay. 

The Adidas Busenitz is narrow...for a reason

Adidas Busenitz Wear Review

While they fit true to size, the toe box is a bit narrow. This does expand with use and if you’re skating in them it’s ultimately a good thing; a narrow toe box gives you more control with your foot placement and increases the board feel.

Super Grippy for a Long Time

Adidas Busenitz Outer Sole

The grip for the outsole is just as strong as the shoe's construction. It’s been built with deep grooves that stand the test of time. Even after foot braking for days you’ll be left with definition enough there to help you stick to your board. 

The Adidas Busenitz’s padding comes at a cost

Wearing these in does take some time. The rubber cup sole is seriously chunky towards the heel, with another hunk of the midsole in there for good measure. This is all to provide cushioning and support. 

Adidas Busenitz Flex Testing

That being said, the stiffness of the Adidas Busenitz can be a problem sometimes. Especially before wearing them in, which took quite a while, I found pushing or walking long distances got quite achy. 

It doesn’t surprise me that the Adidas Busenitz took some time to wear in. From their construction, it’s obvious that once they do they should be with you sometime. Adidas clearly wants to provide comfort still and added a load of padding around the collar. 


While nice to see, it does definitely reduce the chances that you can fit an aftermarket insole in here, which is a shame. 

Thanks to their construction the Busenitz are watertight too

Adidas Busenitz Waterproof Review

While people are rarely going to be skating in the rain, and if you do, wet feet are the least of your concerns, the strong upper also lends the Busenitz to being pretty watertight. In testing, only a small amount got in through the tongue.

The same goes for stains, nothing really gets into this shoe, which is great for keeping them clean. I found just a bit of soap and a scrub got everything out that I wanted.