Size and fit

This men’s exclusive Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost sneaker has a standard lacing system that offers a customized fit. It is equipped with reflective rope laces that pop when hit by light. This sneaker is available in men’s sizes. Female buyers who wish to purchase this style may have to go down 1.5 sizes. The Boost cushioning feature on this Adidas Tubular iteration elevates its pleasing rating as it provides a significant degree of comfort.

Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost Style

The Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost kicks are made of premium leather that attracts interest, especially among style-savvy users. Built with a stylish and functional exterior, these Adidas Tubular shoes are fitted for casual office set up and as well as for after work parties and gatherings.

Its clean-lined silhouette and high-top outline appear chic and smart when paired with tapered skinnies and leggings. It isn’t hard to mix and match these with laidback, summer wear as well as with layers of cold season wardrobes. No wonder many consider this as a practical, year-round sneaker.

  Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost Black Shoes

If you’re bitten by the urban techwear bug, yet want a look that won’t cause you to break the bank, you might want to take a chance with the above-the-ankle high Tubular Instinct Boost shaped with a fine-quality triple black leather motif. The carbon-colored element lands on the entire upper, bleeding towards the tongue, laces while saving the midsole and outsole as these segments are wrapped in white.

If you want to pull off the cool biker’s image and embrace comfort sporting a black high-top Tubular Instinct Boost, get styled up with a set of cropped jeans, a black hoodie with a bold print or put on a black biker jacket to complete the look. If you wish to put a bit of sharpness to your ensemble, wear this sneaker with an olive camo coat and an obsidian tapered track pants, cargo or jeans.

  Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost in Beige Color

If you’re a lover of earthy tones, you might be interested with the light brown or the tan-shaded Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost that appears sleek with its use of soft leather on the cover. These matte, monochrome clad kicks are fitted for the high-end streetwear fashion as they blend well with a black tailored suit and a pea coat or a dark pair of pants that tapers at the hem along with a buttoned-up, light-colored, long sleeve polo.

Those brown high-tops also offer a relaxed feel when worn with a pair of khaki pants, light-hued Henley shirt, and a bomber jacket. Or you can spice up your look by mixing it up with ripped denim, bold colored shirt such as yellow or pink.

Notable Features

The undeniably premium leather upper of the high-top Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost draws attention as it sits smartly on a dual-technology midsole. Fused together, the Boost and Tubular technologies in the sole cushion the feet comfortably, which makes it a go-to sneaker for urban wear. This fashionable and functional sneaker offers support and warmth to the feet for whole day use, especially during the cold months.   

  Adidas Tubular Instinct vs. Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost

Regarding stylishness and sophistication, both the Adidas Tubular Instinct and the Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost fit the bill. The two profiles are draped with good quality leather upper, giving them the high-class appeal. Aside from this feature, these high-top models are made breathable with the presence of perforations on the rear side.

Aside from the fact that the Adidas Tubular Instinct has a zipper at the back for easy on and off, while the Tubular Instinct Boost has a moc-stitched Three Stripes labeling on the heel, there’s another important factor that makes one a level ahead than the other. It is the use of the ever responsive and shock absorbent midsole component called Boost.

The use of this breakthrough and pillowy feature makes the Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost an ultra-comfy pair to wear year round. The Adidas Tubular Instinct, meanwhile, gets its cushioning power from the lightweight EVA that sits on a tailored Tubular-designed rubber outsole.     

Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost History

Adidas rises above the standard and traditional manner in creating the sole by combining two of its patented technologies in coming up with an ultra-chic, a sporty model called, the Tubular Instinct Boost. Its silhouette hits the core of modern-day sneaker fashion, while its name is a giveaway of the shoe’s central features, specifically the cutting-edge Tubular and Boost technologies. This kick is a modified variation of the Adidas Tubular Instinct with a usual EVA midsole.

The Tubular concept was initially formulated by Adidas back in the 1980s as a component of a basketball trainer, which captivated the sneaker scene in 1993. However, the blueprint of what could have been the first ever inflatable sneaker was way too futuristic for its time that it had to be parked away for a few years.

The Tubular hoops trainer was eventually placed in the Adidas archives until one of the brand’s mastermind design creators, Nic Galway saw its vast potential regarding market appeal and production possibilities. Thus, he resurrected the Tubular concept.

After half a decade of research, in 2014, Adidas Originals dropped the Tubular Runner. The sole design of this shoe is derived from car tires intended to offer superior cushioning, better grip and traction.

The iconic silhouette of this shoe was formulated with high fashion in mind, which made it extremely popular in the runway as seen in the 2015 Paris Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter. Eventually, the Tubular hierarchy grew aggressively through the birth of several other models, like the catwalk favorite Tubular X, customized runner Mi Tubular, and the trainer-sock combo Tubular Doom.

This tire-inspired series continues to transform with the addition of the Adidas Tubular Instinct in high-top suede and premium textile silhouette during the Summer of 2016. It was succeeded towards the end of that year by the Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost. It was the same period when the Adidas NMD series, which popularized the Boost tech, was making big waves in the market.

The Boost technology in the midsole sets these two tire-inspired sneakers apart. The midsole built with this patented Boost tech had striking visual resemblance with a Styrofoam structure. It is made of foam granules or energy capsules compressed altogether that offer high-energy return and the right amount of cushioning.

The initial drop of the Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost is in Vegetable Tan and Core Black colorways, which both features a micro-perforated heel panel for additional ventilation and to complement the fusion of Boost and Tubular technology in the sole.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas Tubular Instinct Boost comes with a removable insole.
  • Adidas tapped BASF, a German company that’s known to the entire world as a leading chemical producer, to create for them the revolutionized Boost cushioning technology.
  • There is a smooth fabric under the insole just like in the Yeezy Boost 750, which reduces direct contact of the feet to the midsole.
  • On the flip side, the rubber outsole is scored in the middle that reveals the Boost tech.
  • The clean, tube-inspired rubber outsole has a unique tread pattern to strengthen the traction against different surface elements.


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