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The Adidas Tubular Radial CNY is available in men’s sizes only. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 4 to 14, while the ladies who want to own a pair should go 1.5 sizes down their standard shoe size. This kick is reported to fit narrow, fitting it in person is best recommended.
Seamlessly combining Eastern influences with its futuristic design, the Adidas Tubular Radial CNY is a head-turning pair that could add character to your look. Its monochromatic colorway makes it easy to pair with almost any casual ensemble. Pair it with shorts, jeans, or cargos for a laidback casual look or opt for joggers or bottoms with cuffed hems for the ultimate street style.
This kick's upper is crafted from neoprene material with pigskin overlays for structure and visual appeal. It features an elastic strap underneath the laces for a more secure fit and a toe bumper for added protection against abrasions and bumps. A pull-tab is placed on the tongue for ease in putting it on. Finally, this kick exhibits a feather heel decal with an embroidered rooster to celebrate 2017 as the Year of the Rooster.
Adidas wanted to reinvent the basketball sneaker back in the 90s; this is what drove the creation and release of the Adidas Tubular. Regarded as a kick that is ahead of its time, it exhibited a streamlined profile and futuristic design that was not taken well by sneaker fans of that era. Apparently sneakerheads in the 90s were not quite ready for cutting-edge kicks, and consequently, the Tubular was put in the archives just two years after its release.
A few years later, Nic Galway the VP of Global Design for Adidas Originals was browsing through the brand's archives to look for inspiration for new shoe designs. There he spotted the Tubular from the 90s and saw its huge potential in today's market. The company worked on this shoe model for half a decade and finally, in 2014, Adidas introduced the Tubular in an all-new and improved silhouette and called it the Adidas Tubular Runner.
According to Galway, the Tubular Runner was directly influenced by Yohji Yamamoto's Y-3 Qasa silhouette. This time around the shoe had a successful run, and sneaker enthusiasts wanted it. With its success, the Tubular family inevitably grew and was reinterpreted in countless ways and versions. It has established its name as one of the most sought-after pairs in the sneaker scene.
One of this kick's reimagining is the Adidas Tubular Radial CNY, which is a special release to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The shoe was launched in 2017 along with other iconic Adidas shoes such as the Stan Smith, Superstar, and a few others. It retains its heritage's classic profile with stylish detailing that showcases Chinese inspired graphics.
- This shoe is available in D – Medium width.
- The Adidas Tubular Radial CNY comes with a hangtag that features a lucky Mahjong tile with a rooster graphic on it.
- The shoe's insoles also feature Mahjong tiles graphic design.
- Adidas released this kick along with the Stan Smith, Superstar 80s, EQT Support Ultra, and Superstar Slip-on as part of a pack as a celebration for the Chinese New Year.