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ST-3 Press Feature

Topo Athletic's minimalist shoe is lightweight and ultra-flex

"All others who love that barefoot feel without having pebbles embedded into your foot will appreciate how the ST-3 mimics shoeless freedom."

Product Overview

ST-3 features a new knit upper mesh pattern with fewer printed overlays. The new blucher style upper offers a snug and secure fit through the midfoot. A 16mm, 0-drop platform is perfect for speedwork, tempo runs, and gym work. The rubber outsole pods are strategically placed to enhance traction and durability where it matters. The ST-3’s collapsible heel allows the shoe to pack flat, making it a versatile run/workout shoe for travel.

Specs

  • Best For:Road Running
  • Stack Height:16mm (0 drop)
  • Heel to Toe Drop:0MM
  • Weight:7.3 oz (M9)
  • Gaiter Compatible: No
  • Cushion:
    Responsive
    Balanced
    Cushioned
  • Support:
    Neutral
    Light Stability
  • Pliability:
    Flexible
    Moderate
    Firm

Why We Love It

  • Roomy Toe BoxRoomy Toe Box

    Roomy Toe Box

    Anatomical toe box allows toes to spread naturally and comfortably.

  • Lightweight Breathable MaterialsLightweight Breathable Materials

    Lightweight Breathable Materials

    For a '2nd Skin' fit and feel.

  • 0MM Drop0MM Drop

    0MM Drop

    Completely neutral drop for the most natural running experience.

Review Snapshot

4.4

Rated 4.42 out of 5 stars
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of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Comfy, smooth riding

I average about 30-40 miles a week. I've been generally running roads with Earth Runner's sandals. I don't do too much road running, but I've noticed I've been needing a bit more cushion to avoid injury. So, these are the first road running shoes I've bought in a few years. First thing I noticed is...

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Most Liked Negative Review

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

No improvements over the ST-2 but a change for the worse

Hi! I am a big fan of the ST-2 and so a little bit disappointed of the ST-3. At my size (US 10) it's almost 10% heavier. The new upper sucks quicker and more water when it rains. Also the distribution of forces feels uneven due to the small side lashes. The whole upper feels more insecure t...

Reviewed by 52 customers

Light, comfortable, smooth

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Doug

From Chattanooga, tn

I read the other reviews. A few thoughts: 1) regarding the achilles rub: I did notice this on first two runs. I gently stretched the heel counter with my hand and have kept wearing them ( a bunch of 5-6 mile runs) and have had zero issues. I have a very large haglunds deformity and it doesn't bother it 2) regarding lateral stability. It feels snug to me. I could see hard/ vigorous lateral shuttle type drills requiring a tighter heel but it feels good running fast up/down/around corners. Feels great at 5k pace Last thoughts: I feel like the fly lyte is Topo's gem: it's a shoe that eases a person into a more anatomical fit, while providing supple cushioning and pretty light setup. The fly lyte along with barefoot running in grass led me to the st..... I think if you like running barefoot in grass and like that light free sensation, you likely will be able to appreciate the st..... I've never really liked running barefoot on pavement and never liked the super low stack slipper type shoes, so this stack height is just right..... I feel like topo delivered exactly what they promoted. I hope they make basically an xc racing version of this with tread and firmer heel and possibly even less stack height for soft surfaces ( like a 5.5-7 oz mens shoe)

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Fits well in forefoot, does not gap at heel.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Skyebird

From Kirksville, MO

Verified Buyer

Comments about ST-3

I was looking to replace my worn out Altra Escalantes. I am very pleased. The forefoot is wide, but my foot does not slip forward. The heel does not gap or slip around. I like the subdued colorway.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Please make more

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Carl

From San Diego

Just got my second pair and I've run the first ones into the ground. Surprisingly the durability was very good at around 500-600 miles. I used them for track work, tempo runs and lifting/cross training. Also work as a daily shoe. Pretty much one of a kind shoe that can do it all for minimalist types.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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The best shoe

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Kevin

From Roanoke VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about ST-3

Best shoe ever made IMO

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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THE SHOE TO GET

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Kevin

From Undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about ST-3

I've run lots of ultras, marathons and ironmans in the only shoe I ever thought would work- five fingers. I have wanted to switch to a pair of normalized shoes for the last few years and this is finally the pair (40 previous attempts) that works. I will continue to buy this until topo messes it up or if they leave it as is this shoe will work forever for me.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Great shoe - Very comfortable!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Gym Manager

From Scottsdale

Verified Buyer

Comments about ST-3

This shoe is sharp-looking and very comfortable. I High quality also. I would buy again.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Lightweight, quick, and comfy

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Manny

From Denver

I got into the semi-minimalist/wide toe box/zero drop platform many years ago with another brand. Unfortunately, their "improvements" seem to keep bringing them closer in line to the pack of traditional running shoes. In steps Topo. The ST-3 has a super comfortable upper, roomy toe box, a responsive sole allowing you to feel the road but comfy enough to avoid pokey rocks, and a very lightweight, quick feel. Highly recommend giving them a try if you're in this genre of shoe.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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I would buy this product again

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By -

From -

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Comments about ST-3

I run

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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I would buy the ST-3 again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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By Joe

From Pensacola, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about ST-3

The ST-3s are the same size as my ST-2s but feel slightly smaller with a little less toe box width also. The variation is really slight though and the shoes have stretched some with use. The ST-3s are flexible and seem to cushion impact a little more so than the ST-2s. I switched to topo mainly for the zero drop characteristic and have been surprised at how great both the ST-2 and ST-3s feel overall. Really great running shoes!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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8 pairs and counting!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Submitted

By Dad-Bod Fighter!

From Boston, MA

I love these shoes! I had ran through 5 pairs of the ST-2 and just bought 3 pair of ST-3. The most important thing to me is that once you find a shoe you like with a normal large brand; they go and make a major change the next year and you are back to the shoe dating game again! I have been able to consistently buy the ST series and am a lifer at this point. The shoes are light and give a nice low to the ground feel. I really like that the heal cup is just fabric so that they pack up pretty small in my bag for travel or going to the gym.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Q&A

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Q

Hi do you have any shoes that are free of real leather? Vegan, in other words. Thank you!

Asked by Sebastien
Verified Reply - MelanieHi Sebastien, All but one of our current in-line models are made with vegan materials (i.e. no leather). The only one that would be non-vegan is the Rekovr model, made with a wool blend upper. I hope this helps!