Good to know

This mid-rise shoe, with a sock-like construction overlaid with synthetic suede, ensures to hug your feet in comfort in all the right areas without compromising support. Its forefoot also provides adequate toe space.

Yearning for luxurious and stylish footwear but can’t afford it? Worry no more as the legendary brand Adidas has finally made a product that boasts luxe aesthetics minus the huge costs. The Tubular Defiant is truly a dream come true for average income earning Jane Does who have a taste for lifestyle sneakers with high-end looks.

Monochromatic and contrasting color schemes are available. Regardless of colorway, this modern and street-ready sneaker pairs well with various outfits including dresses, leggings, shorts, and skinny jeans.

Aside from its appealing aesthetics, this shoe also promises all-day comfort. Made with a breathable neoprene upper and a one-piece EVA Tubular sole, the Tubular Defiant is considered by many as reliable everyday footwear.

Popular for its unconventional yet fashion-forward look, the Tubular Defiant stands out, not only for the famous Tubular outsole that gives the shoe reliable traction and grip as well as stability but also for its unique-looking upper.

Its stunning upper is highlighted with an oversized tongue and a leather heel piece. Across its midfoot is an elastic band that adds a premium look to the shoe. This also gives the sneaker a more secure and adaptive fit.

Nic Galway, Adidas’ VP of Global Design, after digging deep into the archives, discovered the lost prototype of a basketball trainer that displayed a futuristic design. This discovery led to the creation of the now-famous Adidas Tubular technology. It also prompted the production of various innovative footwear, the Tubular Defiant included.

It was in the late 1980s when the brand had a genius idea of modeling a shoe’s outsole after car tire tubings. This idea materialized in the year 1993. The technology present during that period, however, did not allow for the design, which was considered ahead of its time, to fully come into being.

Fortunately, present-day’s advancements have enabled the brand to perfect this technology and to finally put together a revolutionary piece. The Adidas Tubular Runner, a product of Nic Galway and his team’s divergent thinking, was born in November 2014. Acclaimed for its groundbreaking design, this shoe has immediately caught the attention of Adidas fans across the globe.

In a span of almost 3 years, a wide array of Tubular products have hit the market. Despite the success, this German brand, keen to satisfy the demands of its fashion-savvy consumers, still saw the need to develop kicks made exclusively for women. Thus the Tubular Defiant was born.

Acclaimed, not only for its groundbreaking design but also for its Yeezy-inspired silhouette, this sneaker instantly gained the admiration of many female sneaker fanatics. It, however, left some gents feeling jealous.  

  • Slip-on and off the shoe with ease with the help of the pull strap found on the shoe’s tongue.
  • For improved breathability, mono mesh material has been added to the Tubular Defiant’s quarter panels.
  • Achieve a secure and snug fit with the shoe’s easy lace-up closure.
  • The sneaker’s interior is lined with soft mesh for added comfort. It also has a cushioned footbed.
  • The weight of the shoe in size 7, Medium B width is 7 oz.
  • A laceless version of the sneaker is also available.


How Adidas Tubular Defiant ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 29% sneakers
All sneakers
Bottom 22% Adidas sneakers
All Adidas sneakers
Bottom 33% mid sneakers
All mid sneakers


The current trend of Adidas Tubular Defiant.
Compare to another shoe:
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.