Adidas Tubular Shadow Primeknit Style
The removal of overlays, caging system, and elastic straps on the Adidas Tubular Shadow Primeknit gives it a streamlined and sleek appearance. This sneaker maintains a low-profile façade that easily migrates with slim-fitting jeans, zipper denim, cropped pants with tapered hem, joggers, chinos, track pants, even leggings, shorts, and heavy tea-length skirts. The best way to carry this sneaker in style is by wearing it sockless and allowing the ankles to show by keeping the edge of the pants off the collar.
Adidas Tubular Shadow Primeknit History
Adidas combines two of its well-applauded breakthrough upper and sole construction with the release of the Adidas Tubular Shadow Primeknit. Of the two, the Tubular technology was introduced way before Adidas developed its advanced knitting technique, called the Primeknit.
ar concept started making quiet footsteps as far back as the 1980s when it was unveiled as a training shoe for basketball. The idea was far too advanced during its inception that Adidas had to give way to other emerging styles that were more attractive to the consumers back then. Things began to take shape for the Tubular when it got its first significant break over a decade later with the launch of a revolutionized running shoe called the Tubular II in 1993.
The Tubular started gaining speed since the introduction of the Tubular Runner in 2014. The Three-Stripe brand stunned the sneaker market with the release of this shoe carrying a minimalist-looking facade, masterminded by Adidas’ design maverick Nic Galway. Its large tongue, angular frame, and cushioning properties gained warm reception from fashion-savvy consumers.
This pushed the brand to release a follow-up silhouette in 2015, the Tubular Moc Runner that offers a laidback feel with the use of natural moccasin motif on its rather sleek-looking exterior. By this time, the popular bulky outsole of the Tubular line already found its steady niche in the sneaker world as its design was deemed functional and stylish.
In the Spring of 2016, Adidas dropped the Tubular Doom, which for the first time donned the brand’s most advanced knitting process which is the Primeknit. Subsequently, more futuristic-looking silhouettes marched off from the Adidas headquarters, including the Tubular Viral, a sneaker exclusively designed for the women’s feet and strapped with a stylish and unique caging system. There was also the Tubular Radial, closely resembling the Viral but with a thread-bared outsole design. Echoing the outer shell of the Doom and outsole tread pattern of the Viral is the Tubular Nova.
The brand started taking the aesthetics of the Tubular to notch higher when it came up with the Defiant that displayed an easily identifiable oversized tongue. It was succeeded by the release of the Tubular Entrap made with a combination of textures on the upper, namely mesh, neoprene, and Nubuck.
The Tubular heritage perseveres with the birth of another brood, the Tubular Shadow, an asymmetrically-designed silhouette, which like the earlier iterations it comes with a minimalist makeup. Although the contemporary models under this lineage were billed as the poor man’s Yeezy with its strong resemblance to the Yeezy Boost 350, the Tubular gained global acceptance leading to a succession of collabs with lifestyle retailers.