Size and fit

The Tubular Invader, with a basketball trainer-inspired silhouette, ensures to give sufficient support as well as ample toe space to anyone who wears it. This street-ready Adidas Tubular Invader is available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Adidas Tubular Invader Style

Get the luxe look and feel of the Yeezy’s without breaking the bank and wallet with Adidas’ Tubular Invader. A kick created under the Adidas Originals umbrella, this shoe is specifically produced for average earning consumers who are hungry for high-end and fashionable products.

Released in striking colorways, the Adidas Tubular Invader in grey, in black, in all-white, and the Adidas Tubular Invader in red were the first colorways that this iconic pair of kicks came out in back in 2016. With these colors available, owning a pair of Invaders that suits your style is almost a guarantee.

This sneaker is capable of elevating your style to the next level without much fuss. It pairs well with various casual and athletic outfits including joggers, leggings, shorts, and jeans. To top it off, this mid-top lifestyle shoe, made with a breathable upper and a well-cushioned sole, also promises to surround your foot in comfort for all-day long wear. Fashion and comfort, what more could you ask for in a pair of sneakers?

Notable Features

Favored for its modern and clean look, the Tubular Invader is noticed instinctively for the recognizable rubber stability strap found on its heel.

It is notable, however, that the tire tube-inspired EVA midsole on this version is not as pronounced as other Tubular models. Regardless, the flexible midsole, with a ripple detailing added on its rearfoot, continues to provide reliable grip and traction.

Adidas Tubular Invader History

If you were to delve into the history of apparel and shoe brand, Adidas, you might notice that Adidas has always been at the front line of creating sneakers with innovative designs and technology. Ever since the brand’s inception back in the 1940s, owner Adi Dassler has gone above and beyond to bring to the industry shoes and sneakers that represented everything he wanted Adidas to be.

Adi Dassler may not be with Adidas anymore, having passed away back in 1978, but his legacy and vision for the brand live on, traits that are evident in the quality shoes that are being released by Adidas. In order to come up and continue with creating groundbreaking designs, Nic Galway, the brand’s VP of Global Design, had to dig deep into their archives. This is where he discovered the Tubular.

  The Tubular tech and the Invader

Initially introduced in the late 1980s, this basketball trainer was designed with an outsole modeled after car tire tubings. Technology in those days, however, failed to support the shoe’s aesthetic which was considered way ahead of its time.

Fast forward to the year 1993, the Tubular Technology finally materialized in the form of a runner. It featured a unique sole unit and an external pump. The pump allowed wearers to inflate the sole and adjust its cushioning. Although revolutionary, sneakerheads during that time were not ready to adopt its futuristic design.

It was in November 2014 when Nic Galway and his team launched the Tubular Runner. Built with a look that combined the past with modern day’s style, it was perceived as state-of-the-art. This time, it left fashion-savvy sneaker enthusiasts craving for more.

The German brand, prompt to satisfy their consumers' demands, pushed their limits to create better and finer versions of the Tubular. Low-top, mid-cut, and high-rise renditions of this product were released in response to the demand. Among the most talked about is the Tubular Invader.

This model, which debuted in May of 2016, blended Tubular’s already renowned design with the Adidas Invader’s vintage silhouette. Although a fairly new entry, this lifestyle sneaker has already captured the hearts of many Adidas supporters. It’s even gone as far as to convert non-Adidas fans into some of the biggest supporters around solely because of these kicks. As proof of its popularity, various versions have been released. This includes the Tubular Invader Strap and the Invader 2.0.

Additional Info

  • The shoe’s toe area is perforated for improved airflow.
  • The sneaker is made of a mix of materials. Depending on the colorway, it can be made of full grain leather, waxed canvas, nylon, or premium suede.
  • The Tubular Invader is also built with a durable and color-blocked rubber cupsole.
  • Secure fit can be achieved with the sneaker’s traditional lacing system that includes circular shoestrings for a nice tie.
  • Other distinguishable features include the subtle Three Stripe logo found on the lateral side of the shoe, the Adidas wordmark on its heel strap, and another Adidas branding located on the tongue.


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