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

Who should buy the Adidas Liberty Cup

This tennis-inspired Adidas Liberty Cup could be a great match for you if:

  • You are looking for a stylish pair that features a Bounce™ foam in the midsole that provides much-needed cushioning. 
  • You want a shoe that has a premium leather upper that makes the shoe look classy while ensuring durability.

Adidas Liberty Cup Logo

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. 

Adidas Liberty Cup Heel

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.

Style of the Adidas Liberty Cup

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. 

Adidas Liberty Cup Upper

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. 

Adidas Liberty Cup Mouth opening

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

Adidas Liberty Cup Side profile

Notable Features

Among the standouts in this sneaker is the thick vulc-wrapped cupsole to tolerate the brutal demands of a skating shoe.

Adidas Liberty Cup Midsole

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. 

Adidas Liberty Cup Middle sole

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.

Adidas Liberty Cup Tongue

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

Adidas Liberty Cup Collar

History of the Adidas Liberty Cup

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.

Adidas Liberty Cup Outsole

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

Adidas Liberty Cup Pull tab

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.

Adidas Liberty Cup Toebox

Leading the skateboarding team is Paul “Skin” Philips. He brought into 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.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Adidas Skateboarding, Adidas Bounce
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Cup Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.