Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $120
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers said that the shoes felt really comfortable and nice.
  • The perforated detailing on the top of the toe box and heel section of the shoe allow better ventilation.
  • The outsole design keeps the forefoot from slipping side to side.
  • Multiple colorways are available.
  • According to some, the price is very good, based on the Tubular Instinct’s style and performance.
  • It is quite light for a high-top shoe, according to a handful of users.
  • A few purchasers concluded that the shoe is worth its price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers mentioned that the Adidas Tubular Instinct fits half a size down.
  • Most reviewers claimed that the shoe is too narrow.

Bottom line

The Adidas Tubular Instinct is one of the Adidas Originals’ Tubular Shoe collection. With the plush interior and adequate cushioning, the shoe provides comfort. A better ventilation is experienced due to its perforated detailing and its translucent outsole that not just gives a sleek look for the shoe but stability for the foot as well. Most buyers agree that the shoe is well-worth the price of its performance and style.

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Adidas Tubular Instinct History

The Adidas Tubular was first created in the 90’s but never really made it as a popular Adidas shoe because it had a design that was several steps above the time. Nic Galway, VP of Designs for Adidas, went through the brand’s archives and was really drawn into some of the prototypes of the Tubular shoes from 1990s. With the new technology available now, manufacturing the shoe is a lot more feasible, and Galway worked to create today’s Tubular.

The Tubular technology was inspired by car tires and their tread, which can be seen on the outsole design. Both the Adidas Tubular X and the Adidas Tubular Instinct debuted in August of 2015.The Adidas Tubular series is now one of Adidas’ strongest on-going namesakes for over two years now, and they continue to evolve along the seasons to maximize the Tubular’s popularity.

The brand made a slight iteration of the Adidas Tubular Instinct and created the low top version of the model. The shoe was released in two tonal colorways: Core Black and Clear Brown. It was covered in a suede upper and some bits of mesh on the back part of the shoe. Another bit of iteration that the Adidas brand made to the Tubular Instinct is adding the Boost midsole to the silhouette.

In 2016, the Adidas Tubular Instinct Primeknit debuted and Adidas Originals used their Snapchat account to give everyone a sneak peak of the new shoe. The shoe was also worn by NBA star who was also signed to Adidas, Damian Lillard.

During the Fall/Winter 2016 release, Adidas collaborated with Mastermind Japan and gave the NMD XR1 and Adidas Tubular Instinct a fresh look. This collaboration is one of the brand’s famous releases. The shoe showcases a monotone colorway and the Skull and Crossbones motif, representing the partnership between the two brands. The Tubular Instinct is covered with a blacked-out leather upper. On the lateral heel of the shoe is the Skull and Crossbones branding.

Adidas Tubular Instinct Style

The Adidas Tubular Instinct’s style has pushed through with an unexpected detailing, making it a true example of elite design and comfort. It blends sporting heritage and contemporary fashion together. It has proved to be a versatile sneaker from its sleek and stylish design.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Tubular Instinct is mostly favorable to those who do not have a wide foot since the shoe is a bit narrow in fitting. It does provide a comfortable feel and stability for the foot. Anyone looking for a shoe with solid support should find so in this sporty sneaker. It runs half a size down in sizing. Men’s sizing is from 6 to 14 while the women’s sizing is from 4 to 11.

Notable Features

The over-all look of the Adidas Tubular Instinct gets most of the admiration from most people. Buyers said that they get a lot of compliment of how good the shoe looks everytime they wear them. It starts with the high top construction and continues with the plush materials used in this shoe.

Additional Info

  • Adidas, sometimes, varies the material used in the upper with almost every release.
  • A reworked tube-inspired EVA midsole with molded ripple-edge detailing can be observed.
  • 3M rope laces are used.
  • Knitted/woven detailing on the heel.
  • It has a semi translucent rubber outsole.
  • The padded ankle collar enhances soft in-shoe feel.
  • Some of the older models of the shoe are sold at a discounted price.