Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
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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.
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.
- 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.