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The Adidas Varial Mid is offered for men and women. Men's sizes are offered from 6-13 while women, on the other hand, can choose from sizes ranging from 5.5-11. It is recommended for purchasers to stick at their usual size as generally, reviewers noted that these fit as expected.

The traditional lace-up closure and the mid strap ankle closure secures the whole feet in place. It makes the shoe a suitable sneaker to use in sports that need ankle support.

As the original Adidas Varial is initially made as a basketball sneaker, the mid-cut sneaker takes an evolution, making it more appropriate for skateboarding. It boasts of leather upper, which not only is a comfortable and hard-wearing material, giving it an urban street style look.

Because these sneakers already have its flair, styling these can be done effortlessly. Pairing it with a loose shirt and joggers is ideal to complete that skateboarder look. Users can choose from a wide variety of colorways, usually dominated by black or white, with color accents to give a pop of color.

What is distinct about these sneakers is its mid-cut profile, making it a suitable shoe to use for certain sports like basketball or skateboarding. Because of its silhouette that is over the ankle, this shoe provides more support, which lessens the tendency of injuries, especially if compared to low-top sneakers. The ankle strap feature, additionally, serves as a lock-down system and avoids instances of the foot rolling.

The Adidas Varial Mid rides on a durable cupsole. In general, a cupsole is attributed to skateboard shoes which makes it protective and supportive. As it is cushioned by EVA, these ensure additional comfort on every ride.

Since its production in 1925 in a small German village, Adidas remained to be one of the pioneers in the athletic footwear industry. Although the brand prioritized in manufacturing soccer sneakers at first, it eventually expanded on performance shoes. Moreover, diversifying the product line, meaning offering sneakers for running, basketball, etc., are needed to stay on top.

During the late 1980s, Adidas further expanded its offerings to the skateboarding community. Although different brands have already initiated, Adidas already has an extensive library of sneakers that can be re-engineered. From then on, the company continued to produce various shoes. One of which is the Adidas Varial Mid, skateboard-inspired shoes coming from a basketball heritage.

  • The upper of these shoes is comprised of a leather upper with synthetic overlays with mesh lining, for that breathable and comfortable feel.
  • An EVA sockliner is infused in the Adidas Varial Mid for heightened support and comfort.


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