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

9 reasons to buy

  • The very trendy and plush look of the Adidas Tubular X Primeknit was applauded by the majority of buyers. Some even shared that they received compliments from the onlookers.
  • Many of the wearers described this sneaker as comfortable. This pair is suitable for all-day walking, shared by some users.
  • The high quality material used in the Adidas Tubular X Primeknit was observed by many buyers.
  • Many praised the ventilation of the Tubular X Primeknit.
  • A handful of users commended the lightness of this shoe.
  • Most of the users disclosed that they will definitely recommend this to their peers.
  • Many applauded the versatility of this pair. This can be used from training to casual wearing, revealed by most of the users.
  • This kick is available in the market in multiple colorways.
  • One user noticed the matching shoe lace that gives a harmonic blend to the “monochromatic” aesthetics of the Tubular X Primeknit.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers complained about the lightly expensive price point of the Adidas Tubular X Primeknit.
  • Few critics revealed their difficulty in taking this pair on and off.
  • Several users said that this pair is tad smaller than the other training shoes. Some suggested grabbing a half size bigger than the buyer’s usual shoe size.
  • The color in the picture is different in the actual, complained some online purchasers. In actual, some claimed that the color is dull compared on the websites.
  • Sole is not grippy enough and slips on wet surfaces, revealed by some wearers.

Bottom line

The Adidas Tubular X Primeknit is one of the head turner silhouettes in the Adidas Originals’ line. It features a monochromatic variety of Primeknit upper with X-shaped neoprene overlay and an outsole that has the same shade with the upper.  The Tubular X Primeknit has a high-top profile with a ribbed rubber midsole that is a reminiscent of the premium Yeezys with a price that is a little easier on the wallet. This street-ready and trendy tubular sneakers is definitely a stunner. For sneaker fans who are on a budget but want to look luxurious, grabbing a pair of the Adidas Tubular X Primeknit is a clever idea.


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Adidas Tubular X Primeknit History

Back in 1993, the Adidas Originals released the Tubular way ahead of the NMD, UltraBoost and EQT hype. It was the first inflatable basketball shoe in the world. However, the ultra-modern design of the Tubular was not well adopted by the sneaker fans back and was later on shelved in just 2 years being in the market.

The Vice President of Adidas Global Design saw so much potential in the Tubular and he decided to resurrect it. They introduced the all-new Tubular silhouette in 2014 called the Tubular Runner. It has a car-tire inspired sole and modern design which was the result of 5-year intensive research of the team.

The total look of the Tubular Runner was the combination of the history, sports and style.

The Tubular was able to cross that distinguishing gap between sports apparel and high fashion accessory. Many well-celebrated celebrities were seen wearing the Tubular that catapulted the fame of the tubular globally and became a phenomenal instant hit all around the world. Such A-listers are Justine Bieber, Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rock. The Tubular was very famous around the world and one show in the Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 was dedicated entirely to the Tubular Runner.

The family of the Tubular was later on expanded with adding new models such as Doom, Primeknit Nova, low top Viral and high top Tubular X.  In 2016, many fashion brands partnered with the Adidas Tubular to keep up with being at the forefront of the sneaker scene.

Adidas Originals first used the Primeknit technology in the Tubular shoe in the form of the Tubular X Primeknit.  This model was inspired by the Forum basketball shoe that was originally released in the 80s. This pair has a breathable upper, high collar structure, X shaped synthetic overlay and a ribbed design. The Tubular X Primeknit was first introduced in 2015 and re-launched in 2017. The 2017 variety has a gumsole on the heel and traditional white sole on the toe and the original synthetic X overlay was replaced with contrasting Primeknit color in an X pattern.

The Tubular X Primeknit looks more like the Yeezy Boost, with the high-cut profile and higher tongue construction in a woven upper and synthetic reinforcement. It has a ribbed midsole design which makes it similar to the Yeezy Boost models. The Tubular was dubbed as the ‘poor man’s Yeezy’ but in reality, the Tubular was designed in 1993 way ahead Yeezys was born.

Adidas Tubular X Primeknit Style

The color, shape and ribbed sole of the Adidas Tubular X Primeknit make it appear as a cheap rip off of the Yeezy 750 Boosts. Adidas has been experimenting a lot with knitted trainer to give rise to an extremely comfortable and lightweight shoe. The high-cut profile of this shoe was designed to isolate the heat inside the shoe thus making it suitable for the cold weather. Many users don this with some jeans, joggers and tees and sweaters or whatever they are comfortable in pulling it off. This pair offers superb comfort which makes this a suitable pair for any casual activities.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Tubular X Primeknit has the traditional lace-up closure system to provide a secure fit to the wearers.  This pair is generally true to size. It is offered in medium width, but many wearers revealed that this pair has a roomy toebox that people with medium to wide foot width can still fit in this pair. Also, it has the soft dual-density EVA midsole for better support and comfort. The Tubular X Primeknit is offered in men’s sizes from 5 to 12 US.

Notable Features

The ridged rubber midsole of the Adidas Tubular X Primeknit became notable to many sneaker enthusiasts because it has a striking resemblance to the Yeezy Boost kicks. The high-cut profile is similar to the Yeezy 750 Boost. It also has the X-overlay that adds a striking factor to this shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas Tubular X Primeknit has a flexible Primeknit upper for improved fit. This Primeknit technology contributes to the ventilation and lightness of this pair.
  • The textile lining adds comfort to the wearer.
  • It has a sturdy translucent rubber heel clip.
  • It has unified toecap which enhances the support of the Primeknit upper.
  • The “X” does not mean collaboration between two brands. The X refers to the shoe heel which has an X-like design accompanied by durable mesh. This X overlay provides maximum ankle support to its wearers. In addition, Adidas used the Primeknit technology in combination with Tubular shoe, which is a first in Adidas history.
  • The 2017 version of the Tubular X Primeknit replaced the synthetic neoprene X overlay with the contrasting color of the Primeknit in X shape.