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7 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers say that the Adidas Tubular Instinct feels 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 conclude that the shoe is worth its price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most reviewers claimed that the shoe is too narrow.
  • Some wearers report that the laces of the Adidas Tubular Instinct do not stay laced no matter how hard they tie them. 

Bottom line

The Adidas Tubular Instinct is one of the models in the Adidas Originals’ Tubular Shoe collection. With the plush interior and adequate cushioning, the shoe provides comfort. 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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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.

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.

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.

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, 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.
Danny McLoughlin
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.