Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
Adidas Tubular UNCGD History
First released in the 80s, the Adidas Tubular shoes were manufactured as a basketball sneaker with the aim of introducing a more innovative designed court shoes. It features a minimal and futuristic design that, unfortunately, sneaker fans of that time deemed as too different. Sneakerheads in the 80s were not quite ready for futuristic kicks just yet. As a result, the Tubular was put in the brand's archives after only two years since its release.
Fast-forward to a few years, the brand's VP for Global Design Nic Galway was going through the company's past shoe collections to find inspiration for future releases. He came across the Tubular and saw its potential in today's sneaker scene. Finally, in 2014 Adidas re-introduced the Tubular in an all-new and improved silhouette and dubbed it the Adidas Tubular Runner.
Galway shared that the production and design of the Tubular Runner took half a decade to perfect. He admittedly said that Yohji Yamamoto's Y-3 Qasa pair directly inspired this kick's design. The shoe achieved commercial success and became one of the brand's most sought-after sneakers. This reissue had officially recalibrated the Tubular's foundation from hoop roots into the realm of running-inspired shoes and became a part of the Adidas Originals collection.
In 2017, the Adidas Tubular UNCGD was introduced. It was a stripped down version of its predecessor, the Tubular X. The Tubular UNCGD got rid of the X-shaped panel at the ankle area, which is why this kick is named "uncaged." It features an allover camo print, which makes up for its sleeker silhouette and ultimately enhanced its design.
The sneaker was made available in two colorways: Linen Khaki / Sesame / Trace Cargo (also called Tan Camo) and Utility Black/ Core Black / Crystal White (or simply Black Camo).
A Brief Background of the Tubular X
The Adidas Tubular X is the immediate predecessor of the Tubular UNCGD and is the very first Tubular kick that Adidas Originals applied the Primeknit technology on. Unlike the Tubular Runner, this shoe took design cues from one of the brand's hoops shoe called the Forum and is primarily designed for streetwear. It features a breathable upper, high-top profile, signature Tubular soles, and X-shaped upper reinforcement.
Since its inception in 2015, Adidas Originals have since released other models such as the Tubular UNCGD, Tubular X 2.0, and Tubular X Primeknit.
Adidas Tubular UNCGD Style
Designed with an urban military-inspired aesthetic, the Adidas Tubular UNCGD is a very stylish shoe that could turn heads everywhere. Let the camo print be the focal point of your look by pairing it with neutral colored clothes. Moreover, you can personalize your pair by adding words to the shoe's upper offering a one of a kind, individual touch to it.
Men’s Styling Tips
Pair these sidewalk strutters with slightly oversized jeans, a t-shirt, layered with a hoodie and finished off with a cap for the ultimate streetwear look. For a comfortable and laidback ensemble, try matching your mid-top sneaker with sweatpants and a sweatshirt.
Women’s Styling Tips
The ladies could pair it with leggings and a shirt or a longsleeved top for days they need to move around and still look awesome. Or going for a pair of shorts or skirt could help highlight the Adidas Originals Tubular UNCGD shoes’ contemporary style.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Tubular UNCGD is exclusively offered in men's sizes that range from 6 to 13. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down their normal shoe size. This shoe, for the most part, fits true to size but some have found it too small, while others found it hard to put on or off. To get your money's worth fitting it in person is recommended.
This sneaker features double sets of eyelets for a uniquely enhanced aesthetic and more secure fit.
This pair's upper is crafted from engineered mesh material with a camouflage design that provides a snug fit, breathability, and visual appeal. Pull-tabs are strategically placed on both the shoe's tongue and heel as an aid when putting it on. The shoelaces have reflective accents for visibility in low light and visual purposes. It also features leather suede overlays on the toe and heel for added structure and protection against bumps and abrasions.
Moreover, this pair’s main feature is the absence of the X-shaped overlay on the upper. This contributed to the shoe’s cleaner and more simplistic look and reduced weight. Finally, it retains the Tubular's signature ripple-edged design on the rearfoot, and the tire piping inspired outsole that comes tinted with dual colors.
- The shoe is available in D – Medium width.
- Some call this shoe the Adidas Tubular x UNCGD.
- The black colorway’s outsole is tinted in a black/white combination, while the sand colorway’s outsole comes in a beige/ivory combination.
- Placed on the shoe’s tongue and heel areas are pull-tabs for easier on and off.
- All these sit atop molded EVA midsoles and rubber outsoles.
- Consumers were given the option to customize their Adidas Tubular UNCGD via the brand’s official website.