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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 10.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many of the reviewers were often hesitant to take off the Adidas Tubular Shadow because of its ridiculously comfortable feel.
  • A majority of the buyers are simply in love with the sophisticated and classy look.
  • It comes in different color variations.
  • More than a handful mentioned that the price is very reasonable.
  • It is quite light.
  • The unique outsole offer very good flexibility and enhances freedom of movement.
  • An Ortholite Sockliner provides cushioning and anti-microbial properties.
  • Several reviewers practically wear it everywhere and in almost any event.
  • A few mentioned that the Tubular Shadow is just pure quality.
  • A popular sneaker site reported that it is basically the same as the Yeezy 350, but only at a fraction of the cost.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful noted that the sneaker runs a little large.
  • The forefoot felt a tad narrow to a few users.

Bottom line

Adidas has successfully, yet again, come up with a classic silhouette and gave it a modern twist for more street wear credential. In the Tubular Shadow, buyers can get a shoe that is incredibly comfortable and exceptionally stylish. Sneaker fans should be very excited to get another option that can practically go with any of their everyday outfit. At its current retail price, this shoe is likely to become even more trendy and popular than it already is.


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Adidas Tubular Shadow History

Nic Galway, VP of Global Designs for Adidas firmly believed that the 3-Stripe company’s archives held more potential and promise than they previously thought. Some of those shoes were just far too advanced to be produced efficiently and without being too costly. The Tubular series is clearly one of those that were technologically ahead of its time.

The Tubular shoes were unique as it features an outsole design that is based on the concept of the inner tubing of car tires. With the technology now available, Galway and his team successfully produced the shoes carrying their then complex ideas.

The Tubular line of shoes now includes, among others, the Defiant, Doom, Radial, and the Shadow. The Shadow is the latest iteration in this line. Adidas offered different variations of this line to allow the masses to get the most out of their shoes, depending on their needs.

It is often rare to find a whole range of shoes that is basically built under the concept of one technology. Adidas offers this the Tubular series among other very popular collection of shoes. As there are several models to choose from, it is very likely that this series will continue to flourish. In the Tubular Shadow, Adidas keeps the style fresh and innovative by using different types of material in the upper. With each new release the sneaker fan can have his or her share of style to choose from.

More than just their performance, sneakerheads can also get their fill when it comes to style as these shoes straddle the line between performance and casual wear. The Tubular Shadow, in particular, looks pretty much like one of the Yeezy’s minus the mind-boggling cost.

Adidas Tubular Shadow Style

The Shadow from Adidas mainly oozes with sophistication and urbanity. It is a very chic sneaker that should be well at home during sporty events, clubbing, or just a walk around the city. However, as the shoe offers elements of the 90’s runner, it does have its classy bit. It is best matched with jeans and shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The Shadow version of the Tubular has a somewhat different fit in the upper, depending on the type of material being used. Generally, it has adequate hold and room for those with average foot. The standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s are available. Adidas offers a range of sizes for this shoe. For the men’s, it is from 5 to 14 while the women’s is from 5 to 11. It runs true to size.

Notable Features

A couple of things stand out in the Adidas Tubular Shadow. It starts with the tube-like outsole and midsole combo, which is a remarkable innovation in itself. Based on the tubing of car tires, the technology offers good cushioning with shock-absorbing features. The importance and significance of the Tubular technology can be found in the number of shoes designed after this really ingenious design.

Another notable feature in this shoe is the entire one-piece upper. Although different models of the shoe differ in material, the one-piece construction is common among the different models. It keeps the foot in a comfortable wrap.

The upper also shows quite a unique lacing system that keeps the foot secure. Additionally, the Tubular Shadow’s lace-up closure is quite eye-catching. Beneath this appealing lacing design is the “burrito” tongue that is designed to enhance the sock-like feel and comfort of the upper.

Additional Info

  • Rappers and singers, Desiigner and Lil Yachty were seen sporting the Adidas Tubular Shadow.
  • Adidas introduces a new upper material with each new Tubular Shadow that comes out. Although the shoes are of exactly the same name, outsole, and midsole, the upper changes. Some of these sneakers with different uppers also have varying prices.
  • Some of the upper material available are knit, distressed canvas, and 3D-textured upper. The 3D-textured version has a different price for the men’s compared to the women’s.
  • The “burrito” style construction of the Adidas Tubular Shadow helps keep the foot secured.
  • There is moderate padding in the ankle collar for enhanced comfort.