Summary

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9 reasons to buy

  • The Liberty Cup by Adidas is praised by the majority of the reviewers for its stylish yet versatile design.
  • Though chunky-looking, most of the wearers say this sneaker fits true to size.
  • Several skaters describe how the Bounce™ foam in the midsole is able to provide much needed cushioning. 
  • Numerous skating reviewers like the added breathability of the mesh version of this low-top.
  • The premium leather upper of the Adidas Liberty Cup makes the shoe look classy while ensuring the durability of this kick, per most testers.
  • Most of the skater buyers appreciate the ollie insert that helps in the mastery of this trick.
  • Contrary to the norm, the cupsole feature provides a very good board feel, mentions some purchasers.
  • According to various wearers, the padded collar supports the ankle comfortably.
  • A handful of the reviewers add that for the comfort, durability, and style it provides, this sneaker is reasonably priced.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users mention that it takes a little longer to break-in but after one or two sessions, feel durable and comfy.
  • A few testers mention that it gets a little slippery on wet surfaces.

Bottom line

These tennis-inspired shoes are lauded for the overall comfort and durability it offers. In addition to Adidas’ skating sneaker range, this shoe can take the beating of jumping over gaps and gliding down the stairs. Perfecting ollies will be a breeze with the reinforced ollie insert.

The no-fuss design and neutral colorways allow any shoe lover to easily style this trainer with any outfit.

Facts

Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Adidas Skateboarding
Closure: Laces
Material: Cup Sole, EVA, Leather, Mesh, Suede
Technology: Bounce, Cloudfoam
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable
Price: $90
Colorways: Black, White
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 6/10
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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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