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

9 reasons to buy

  • A large number of the reviewers observed that the Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit is more breathable because of the knitted upper.
  • Several reviewers loved the comfort that this shoe provides, even when worn for extended periods. Some further noted that it is the most comfortable pair they've ever owned.
  • Many reviewers noted that this shoe fits well, especially with the right size.
  • Many satisfied purchasers commented that this is an excellent looking and stylish shoe. Some emphasized that this is perfect to wear for a casual day out.
  • Several colorway options are available for this shoe to match any outfit.
  • One remarkable characteristic of this shoe is that it is lightweight, according to many purchasers.
  • A handful of purchasers reported that they get many compliments on this shoe.
  • It is affordable. Many pleased purchasers said that it is worth the money.
  • A few of the reviewers mentioned that they liked that Tubular sole. One reviewer even highlighted its good grip.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Loads of reviewers attested that the Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit runs about a half size larger than other Adidas shoes primarily because the knitted upper material provides more room for the feet.
  • The burrito tongue construction of this shoe made some purchasers somehow displeased.
  • Some purchasers reported that the side stitching is too rough.
  • Though not a significant issue, one reviewer mentioned that the laces are a bit of a pain to tie up.
  • A few purchasers disliked that the toe part of this shoe has minimal support and the collar is not well-padded.
  • Some purchasers felt that the durability of this shoe is not superb. There are few reports of a small tear on the upper and sole that peels off easily.
  • There were a few comments saying that this is not an ideal pair of shoes to wear when driving because the gaps on the Tubular sole tend to get caught on the pedals.

Bottom line

Said to be the cheaper alternative to the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 aesthetics-wise, the Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit is a variation of the Adidas Tubular Shadow that utilizes a two-tone knit material for a more breathable and lighter upper. Overall, this shoe ticks all the boxes on everything that a consumer looks for in a lifestyle shoe – affordable, lightweight, comfortable, and stylishly goes well with different outfits. It fits well and a wide foot-friendly kind of shoe, although there are reports that it runs about a half size larger. Also, the burrito tongue, which is constructed to conform to the feet, is not that remarkable to some of the purchasers.


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Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit History

It all began in 1990 when Adidas designers took inspiration from car tires' tubing in coming up with a performance shoe with maximum grip and traction. Initially called as the Adidas Radical, the prototype model utilized inflatable rubber airbags with valves that require an external pump attachment.

Two years later, the Three Stripes released in a limited quantity of 500 pairs the beta version of the Radical known officially as the Adidas Radical X-29. Its sole featured four separate air chambers that were adjustable through an integrated pump and a digital LCD pressure gauge. Given its top-of-the-line technologies, it was well-welcomed by the sneaker market.

In 1993, Adidas launched the Tubular line using all the technologies from the Radical prototypes. The pioneer model from this line was the Tubular 2, which features an external pump, two (instead of four) adjustable airbags on the heel, and an EVA foam cushioned forefoot. The Tubular 4, on the other hand, had an apparent resemblance from the beta version of the Radical as it featured four separate air chambers and an integrated pump on the side.

Another model and unfortunately the last one of the line that also features an external pump was the Tubular 2 XTR. Envisioned to be the more advanced model was the Tubular 4, but the technology it required had not existed yet back then. Despite having been considered as a shoe line ahead of its time, the Tubular line was one of the few that belonged in the unpopular bracket that had to be put away into the archives.

Then 2014 came. Adidas VP of Global Design Nic Galway was browsing through the brand's shoe archives when he envisioned a potential from the Radical prototype. He decided to strip back the Tubular to its core and eventually came up with the Tubular Runner as the first shoe to debut under the relaunch of the Adidas Tubular line. It features a new EVA foam cushioning, welded overlays and neoprene underlays, a sock-like construction, and a Tubular sole. It became a tremendous success that several more shoe models under its umbrella were launched such as the Tubular Defiant, the Tubular Doom, the Tubular Nova, the Tubular Radial, the Tubular X, and the Tubular Shadow.

In 2016, the Adidas Originals launched the Tubular Shadow as the newest addition to the Tubular line. It is a low-top sneaker with a minimal silhouette, an asymmetrical design, and of course, a Tubular sole. It initially released in two colorways with different upper materials – the black one in a perforated leather upper, and the tan colorway in a woven upper.

One of its variations is the Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit, which features a two-toned knitted upper in a diamond pattern, a burrito tongue for a snug fit, an EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning, and a Tubular outsole.

Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit Style

The Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit is aesthetically similar to a highly-sought and successful model from the brand's collaboration with Kanye West, the Yeezy Boost 350, primarily because of its shape and knitted upper. Due to such resemblance, consumers sometimes refer to it as the "Poor Man's Yeezy" or as the cheaper alternative to Yeezy. Its style depicts the borderline between street style culture and high fashion, therefore versatile enough to be worn on the streets or a runway. Although a pair of slim-fitted jeans or jogger pants will highlight its shape better, it will still look great when paired with other types of clothing.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit is available in men's sizing, which ranges from 7 to 14 in D Medium width. Women can avail it as well from size 4.5 to 11 in B Medium width. Like the Tubular Shadow which it was based on, it has a low-top structure that allows flexible ankle mobility. The knitted upper, along with the burrito tongue construction, conforms to the feet for a sock-like, snug, and comfortable fit. The upper material also allows sufficient room around the toebox, which just makes it an ideal shoe for wide-footed wearers.

Notable Features

The Adidas Tubular Shadow Knit, as the name suggests, features a two-tone knitted upper for greater breathability, flexibility, and a lighter feel on the feet. It is often compared to the Yeezy Boost 350 because of the aesthetic similarities sans the Boost technology. Other features that stand out in this shoe are the Tubular sole unit and the edgy-shaped midsole.

Additional Info

  • This shoe also features an Ortholite sockliner.
  • The Adidas brandings on this shoe are minimal, visible only on the tongue and the heel.
  • The shoelaces are rounded and match the color of the upper.