Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas City Cup is very comfortable, according to a significant number of reviewers.
  • A few consumers who value practicality appreciate the fact that this kick is versatile.
  • Majority of the purchasers admire this pair's classic yet stylish design.
  • Several testers have remarked that the shoe is lightweight and ideal for all-day wear.
  • This kick offers great board feel with ample cushioning, based on some skaters' reviews.
  • Most of the reviewers find the Adidas City Cup well-built and made of high-quality materials.
  • Many skaters love its stabilizing heel cup as it kept their feet secure and provided structure to the shoe.
  • It is very durable without compromising flexibility, according to a few wearers.
  • Some skaters note that the pair's one-piece toe made for doing very accurate flicks on the board.
  • A few skateboarders say that the Adidas City Cup’s tread pattern provided superb grip and durability.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers pointed out that the outsole is a bit stiff.
  • A few users point out that the sole squeaks during the first weeks of wear.

Bottom line

The Three Stripes launches the latest offering in their skateboarding shoe category, the City Cup. It exhibits an old-school style with a sleek profile that could easily transcend trends. It’s labeled under Adidas Originals.

Apart from its excellent looks, this kick is packed with essential attributes of a superb skateboarding shoe: comfortable, lightweight, durable, great board feel, breathable, grippy, and supportive which could ultimately work great as a go-to everyday kick too.

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Good to know

The City Cup is available in men's sizes only. Ladies who want to own a pair are advised to go one and a half sizes down from their standard shoe size. This model features a sleek low profile that lets the ankles retain their full range of motion in each stride. It is fastened up with a traditional lace-up closure with six pairs of reinforced eyelets. The lacing system locks in the feet with an adjustable fit.

Armed with an old-school style and streamlined silhouette, the Adidas City Cup is a stylishly classic shoe that could still be worn years from now. Its low-top silhouette and monochromatic colors make for an easy mix and match with countless casual outfits. Pair it with shorts, jeans, or joggers for a laidback day or opt for a pair of chinos and a polo shirt for days you want to look dressier.

This kick's upper is crafted from thick suede overlays with mesh underlays for durability and breathability respectively. The toe area features the brand's AdiTuff technology, which provides longer wear despite performing board tricks. Perforation detailing is also found in the toe area and the tongue for maximum ventilation.

The most notable feature of this shoe is its double-cup midsole that provides added flex, support, stability, and aesthetic appeal. The shoe's herringbone tread pattern extends up to the sidewalls of the midsole which offers maximum grip especially when skateboarding.

Armed with dedication and continuing efforts to produce some of the best skateboarding shoes, Adidas' Skateboarding division went through their archives to find inspiration for their next release. The brand's rich collection of diverse shoes did not disappoint, as two iconic silhouettes from the 90s - the Montreal and Powerphase - became the primary influence behind their latest model release called the Adidas City Cup.

Introduced in January 2018, the Adidas City Cup is a heavy-duty skate shoe that features a brand-new silhouette and a classic style. Its name is inspired by designer Scott Johnson's style of enforcing a double cup midsole, which provides support, stability, and visual appeal. It is available in a number of colorways including Miles Silvas' signature colors of black, red, and white.

  • This kick’s tongue is made of leather.
  • The insoles are detachable.
  • An Adidas City Cup Challenge has been created on Instagram wherein skateboarders from different countries are seen wearing the Adidas City Cup shoe and performing tricks using the shoe.


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