Adidas Tubular Doom Primeknit History
Adidas continues to be a more progressive sneaker brand than it was before by challenging itself in producing fresh and exciting designs. In 2016 alone, it seems like Adidas opened a floodgate with the number of colorways and fashion-forward styles dropped under the Adidas Tubular Doom category.
One of the remarkable designs that incorporated the advanced knitting technology developed by Adidas is the Adidas Tubular Doom Primeknit (PK). This lifestyle sneaker has similarities with the smart and classy Adidas Y-3 line, notably the Qasa High.
The Adidas Tubular Doom Primeknit has a medley of technologies built throughout its structure. Firstly, this sneaker has an extraordinary midsole and outsole construction, inspired by the tubing of car tires, where its name Tubular was drawn from. Secondly, its upper is made of a one-piece, seamless textile that employed the Adidas Primeknit technology.
The sole of the Adidas Tubular Doom Primeknit points to the 1980s basketball shoe called the Tubular. This hoops shoe was way too much ahead of its time that it did not prosper in the mainstream. However, Adidas’ veteran designer Nic Galway, the primary mover behind the extremely popular Yeezy Boost, perceived the potential of the Tubular.
Galway worked on formulating sleek versions appropriate for urban streetwear. His innovativeness led to the birth of a gamut of Tubulars such as the Nova, Viral, Runner, Radial, X, Mi Tubular, and Doom. All of these silhouettes have one common denominator; it is the robust Tubular ribbed bottom that doubles as a midsole and outsole.
The Adidas Tubular Doom PK has been rolling out of the Adidas headquarters since the start of 2016 with varying Primeknit designs. The collaboration between Ronnie Fieg’s Kith and Adidas, which paved the way for the introduction of the Kith x Adidas Consortium Tubular, spiked the series of releases of the Tubular Doom Primeknit. The general public was soon offered with a medium gray/heather solid gray version that retailed at $110.
In March of the same year, the die-hard followers of this laudable silhouette were treated to the “Special Forces” colorway made in different tones of beige, projecting a desert camouflage effect. This divine-looking model was succeeded by an antagonistic-appearing all-black edition in mid-Spring. A monochromatic blue version and a neutral tonal gray “Granite” colorway with evident Primeknit linear pattern on the forefoot were unwrapped in summer.
More exciting heather colorways were unveiled in 2017. This includes the “Blue Glow” which appears like washed denim from afar and the “Trace Olive” which is a combination of brown, burgundy, blue, and tan.