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    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.

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    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

    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    $100
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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.

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