Who should buy the Adidas Tubular Runner

Originally made as a basketball shoe, the new Adidas Tubular Runner was released in 2014 that is inspired by a car tire, hence the name. This is definitely a must-have if you are after for:

  • A shoe with a mix of sport and style and ensures comfort to the wearer
  • A low-top shoe with a sense of versatility 

Adidas Tubular Runner material

Adidas Tubular Runner Style

A combination of sport and style is what the Adidas Tubular Runner mostly showcases. A sense of versatility is also offered by this low-top shoe as it can fully function well with a variety of outfit choices, representing various kinds of styles. With the laser-cut heel cage, the shoe features a dimensional appeal that made it qualify more into the world of fashion.

The sporty vibe given off by the shoe allows the wearer to express their casual sport style through an outfit that would appropriately go well with these pair of kicks. One can also use the shoe as a complement for their street-style attire. With an appropriate top, this shoe goes pretty well with a pair of cuffed jeans, jogger jeans, skinny jeans, fitted jeans, and joggers.

Adidas Tubular Runner upper

Adjustable lace-up closure

The lace-up closure system of the shoe allows the wearer to lock their feet down in a snug, comfortable fit.

Adidas Tubular Runner laces

Rubber outsole

The outsole of the low-top Adidas Stan Smith Adicolor is made of translucent rubber that offers grip.

Adidas Tubular Runner outsole

Dual-density EVA midsole

A dual-density EVA midsole is given for the shoe which offers good comfort for the foot.

Adidas Tubular Runner midsole

Adidas Tubular Runner History

When the Adidas Tubular was first made and was primarily designed as a basketball shoe, it didn’t acquire much popularity. The silhouette was way ahead of its time with the complexity of its design. But then Adidas’ VP of Designs, Nic Galway, went through the brand’s archive and got drawn into the Tubular prototypes.

Adidas Tubular Runner collar

In the year 2014, the new Tubular silhouette was released in the form of the Adidas Tubular Runner. The shoe is mostly inspired by a car tire which is shown on the design of its outsole, thus being called the “Tubular”.

The Adidas Tubular Runner silhouette was also given some iterations throughout its existence. The expansion of the Tubular’s design includes variations on the silhouette’s upper. Different color combinations for the colorway of the shoe were also released.

Adidas Tubular Runner heel

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Tubular, Adidas Originals
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Designed by: Nic Galway
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.