Facts

  • Top
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $110
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • There is a pull tab on the tongue of the shoe for easy on and off.
  • A large percentage of Adidas Tubular Radial wearers said that this shoe is comfortable. A few said they use the pair for walking.
  • A handful of happy users received compliments when they wore the pair.
  • A small number of consumers were glad that the shoe is lightweight.
  • The Adidas Tubular Radial has a stylish and cool appeal that worked for a good number of online shoppers.
  • These high-quality kicks are a great deal considering its affordable price.
  • With the shoe’s impressive colorways, a few want the pair in different colors.
  • There are Tubular Radial owners who noticed some similarities with the Yeezy Boost and they like it. It’s a good alternative to the hyped shoe according to them.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of users observed that the Adidas Tubular Radial runs large. Even the customer service team of Adidas is aware of this issue. Some went for a half size lower.
  • A very small number of users received Adidas Tubular Radial package that has visible glue marks.
  • The shoe produces a squeaky sound while walking as noticed by a couple of buyers.

Bottom line

The Adidas Tubular Radial is a performance-based footwear made for the streets. The sporty shoe embodies a premium touch with its materials. The shoe is wide, according to reviewers and there are mixed opinions regarding this characteristic.

People with wide feet are enjoying it. But for people with narrow feet, it’s a minor issue for some and a major issue for a few. The progressive appeal of the shoe is fashion-inspired. Wearers can make a bold statement by completing their outfit with this stylish shoe. The benefits and attractive appearance make the Tubular Radial an excellent deal for potential buyers.

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Adidas Tubular Radial History

The Adidas Tubular Radial takes its design cues from the original Tubular—a silhouette that was postponed and made a strong comeback. The first Tubular shoe was released in 1993. It was initially designed for basketball use. Unfortunately, the shoe was way ahead of its time during its initial debut. While the concept was excellent, the lack of innovations rendered the shoe infeasible production-wise. After two years, the Tubular was shelved. However, one person still believed in the potential of this silhouette. It was none other than Vice President of Global Design for Adidas Originals Nic Galway.

The silhouette was resurrected as a runner that combines heritage with sports and fashion in 2014. The revolutionary design removed the boundaries between a sports footwear and a high fashion piece. The revival of this classic took about five years of research. Galway looked back to the roots of the shoe. It has a sole unit inspired by inner tire tubes. Another inspiration for Tubular Runner was Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 Qasa silhouette.

People from the fashion industry fell in love with the silhouette. It even had its own show during the Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015. Galway himself said in an interview that although it’s a performance-based shoe, they intended it to be a lifestyle product.

Fast forward to 2016, the silhouette was reworked as the Tubular Radial. The recent silhouette features an all-new tooling combined with premium materials. For its debut, Adidas Originals released the Marle Pack. Its upper is made of marle fabric in tonal navy and gray colorways.

Adidas Tubular Radial Style

The designers of the Adidas Tubular Radial took the progressive appearance of its iconic origin and combined it with modern details. Its upper is made of mélange knit and has suede overlays. Further advancing its contemporary appeal is the midsole’s textured ripple effect. It also has a tube-inspired design.

The other releases have an upper made of neoprene. This version features three stripes made of pigskin. Its heel overlay is made of premium leather.

This silhouette creates a cheeky statement. It exudes a classy design that’s great for a variety of occasions. It also looks excellent on sporty styles and casual looks.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Tubular Radial is a shoe for men. The sizes available are from 4 to 14. The shoe fairly runs true to size. The mélange knit upper has a sock-like construction so it has a glove-like fit. The other version, made of neoprene, has a snug fit. A custom fit can be achieved with its lacing system at the front.

Notable Features

The stylish appearance of the Adidas Tubular Radial won the hearts of its wearers. Some would even go as far as owning different colorways. The fusion of its revolutionary look and contemporary details appeal to modern-day sneaker wearers. Looking at the shoe, the tube-inspired EVA midsole detailed with textured ripples is noticeable.

Additional Info

  • The shoe with the mélange knit upper has a comfortable textile lining. Its overlays are made of suede. This version is designed for colder conditions.
  • The version with the neoprene upper has a breathable mesh lining.
  • The tube-inspired EVA midsole has textured ripple detailing.
  • The EVA outsole provides traction and lightweight flexibility.
  • For women interested in this silhouette, the women’s version is called the mi Tubular Radial. It is a customizable shoe that comes at a slightly expensive price.
  • The Tubular Radial had a CNY version released in early 2017. It commemorates the Lunar New Year with a rooster embroidery found on the rear panel.
  • This silhouette is seen in various colorways, including tonal ones (e.g. all red).
  • The Tubular Radial has a Primeknit version.