Size and fit

Sizing for the Liberty Cup is available for purchase in both men’s and women’s sizing. Fitting true to size, picking out one’s size will be easy. 

Adidas’ Cloudfoam cushioning is incorporated in the insole and midsole area to absorb impact forces and protect heels and joints. The removable footbed provides considerably soft and comforting support. 

To withstand the rigorous stunts, the plastic lace reinforcement helps secure one’s feet. Also, the synthetic overlay prevents the laces from ripping quickly.

A heel pull tab allows for a quick slip-on of the shoe.

Adidas Liberty Cup Style

Taking inspiration from a fusion of tennis and skateboarding sports in the 90s era, this low-top is imbuing with modern touches through the upgraded materials and technology. 

At first look, the Liberty Cup may look like it is unable to cater to the grueling demands of the skating routines because of the clean and simple design. Most of the design is taken in part from the tennis footwear back in the day where sleekness melds together with function. 

It also helps that the neutral color variations and a hint of some bright colors in one colorway are easy to style. 

Notable Features

Among the standouts in this sneaker is the thick vulc-wrapped cupsole to tolerate the brutal demands of a skating shoe. Despite looking bulky, the Liberty Cup features Cloudfoam cushion technology makes it lightweight yet durable. Moreover, it gives more stability and lasting impact protection to heel strikes and strides. 

Well-thought of reinforcement overlays are strategically incorporated to resist abrasions. The padded tongue and collar protect the foot from injuries, while the perforations on the toe box and tongue allow for ample breathability.

The rubber outsole features a pivot point for that targeted support. Also, grippy, circular tread patterns provide grip on all directions.

Adidas Liberty Cup History

The year 1989 is a pivotal time in the Adidas company when they contacted ex Nike creative director Peter Moore and marketing director Rob Strasser to help in the turnaround.

Moore and Strasser, fresh off successfully launching Nike Air Jordan, did not waste any time. 

Targeting Adidas' rich history and the consumer’s own stories, the company set its aim on skateboarding culture. Instead of storming over the skating community, Adidas involved vital players in the sport and encouraged their participation in the design process.

Leading the skateboarding team is Paul “Skin” Philips. He brought in to the company his connections in the sport and his skate photography experience. 

Tapping American pro riders Mark Gonzales and Dennis Busenitz legitimized Adidas' intention to create shoes for this sport. Recently, the team welcomed its first female pro rider Nora Vasconcellos cementing its cred.

Nice to know

  • It comes with an extra pair of laces.
  • Also available in Adidas Liberty Cup x Chewy Cannon.


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