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The Adidas Tubular Radial Primeknit is available only in men’s sizes, but ladies who would like to cop can go 1.5 sizes down from their usual size. Despite its slip-on construction, this shoe still offers excellent support and lockdown, thanks to its laces.

The Adidas Tubular Radial Primeknit’s monochromatic color and clean lines make for a stylishly minimal everyday shoe. Its modern aesthetic is versatile enough to be paired with almost any casual ensemble. It will look great dressed in chinos, jeans, shorts or joggers.

The notable difference in the Tubular Radial Primeknit when compared to its predecessor is its deconstructed Primeknit upper. It offers a more breathable and lightweight option for consumers. A pull-tab is also placed on the shoe’s tongue as an aid when putting the pair on.

Suede overlays accompanied with the leather cage adds protection and construction to the shoe.

Adidas aimed to innovate basketball shoes when they first introduced the Tubular back in 1993. The pair’s minimal and slim silhouette was designed to stray from that era’s standard high-top basketball shoes. However, the shoe’s new and futuristic aesthetic didn’t sit well with sneaker fans at that time. People seemed resistant to change which eventually led to the Tubular’s discontinuity.

Adidas’ VP Nic Galway saw the shoe’s huge potential and decided to re-introduce the Tubular in 2014 with an all-new and improved silhouette. The pair, now called Tubular Runner, boasts of a minimal and sleeker silhouette. According to Galway, this was the product of half a decade of research.

The Tubular Runner was so successful even A-list celebrities were seen rocking a pair. Stars such as Justin Bieber, A$AP Rocky, and Kendall Jenner contributed to the success of this shoe.

Inevitably, the Tubular family started to expand at a rapid rate, and different versions and models were introduced to the public. One of the latest iterations is the Adidas Tubular Radial Primeknit. It is a lightweight and breathable version of its predecessor, the Tubular Radial.

  • The shoe was called “Tubular” because car tires inspired its sole unit. It is molded after the inner tube of tires.
  • It was considered to be the “world’s first inflatable sneaker.”
  • The shoe was directly inspired by Y-3 designer Yohji Yamamoto’s renowned Qasa sneaker.
  • The Tubular is available under the Adidas Originals category.


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