Summary

We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming majority of the reviewers find the Adidas Tubular UNCGD shoes to be very comfortable.
  • The shoe's materials and construction are of excellent quality, based on a significant number of wearer's opinions.
  • Most of the consumers agree that this kick's style is unique and trendy.
  • A few commenters have mentioned that the shoe is versatile and can be worn with almost any casual clothing.
  • The shoe also features reflective laces that add to its overall style, which some wearers like.
  • A handful of purchasers have claimed that the kick looked better in person than in the photos.
  • It is easy to clean, based on a good number of reviews.
  • Several wearers admire the fact that the shoe is lightweight, which contributes to its overall comfort.
  • This pair is durable, according to a number of purchasers.
  • The Adidas Tubular UNCGD is considered by a number of buyers to be a great product at a reasonable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of shoe users have disclosed that wearing the shoe and taking it off tends to be a struggle due to the shoe’s narrow entry.
  • A few wearers find adjusting the shoelaces a bit difficult.

Bottom line

The Tubular UNCGD is a minimal iteration of its predecessor, the Adidas Tubular X. Adidas has rid it of its X-shaped overlay panel on its upper for a streamlined look.

Decked in a stylish camo print with reflective laces that make for a unique and fashionable pair, it also provides superb comfort, quality, and long-lasting wear, making it ideal for a go-to everyday pair. Ultimately, if you are seeking for an affordable shoe that is stylish and contains essential features, this might just fit the bill.

Facts

Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Tubular
Closure: Laces
Designer: Nic Galway
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, Suede
Technology: Tubular
Features: Reflective
Price: $110
Colorways: Beige, Black, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 7/10
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The Adidas Tubular UNCGD is exclusively offered in men's sizes. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down their normal shoe size. Also, this sneaker features double sets of eyelets for a uniquely enhanced aesthetic and more secure lockdown fit.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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