Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • The Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom provides a warmth that’s suitable for cold months.
  • The carefully constructed Primeknit upper sits atop an extremely comfortable Tubular sole, described in most reviews.
  • Users liked the dark grey wool cage which acts as a snug blanket that wraps the sides of the foot.
  • This Tubular Doom collaboration is exceptionally lightweight.
  • A comfortable sneaker but not at par with the responsiveness of the Adidas UltraBoost, as expressed by some wearers.
  • According to several reviews, the Tubular ribbed outsole is made sleeker than the other bulkier Tubular Doom iterations.
  • Most buyers are pleased with the luxe look of this shoe given its simplicity.
  • Those who went to the KITH NYC stores and lined up to cop a pair of this collaborative release find this shoe worth its value.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom is hard to come by as it is available at a limited number.
  • Few reviewers said the shoelaces are a bit stiff.

Bottom line

The limited edition Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom is lauded for its Primeknit construction, fortified by elastic straps and wool midfoot overlays. This winter-ready sneaker keeps the feet insulated  with a unique sock-like collar that can be stretched above the ankle for added protection against cold, wind or snow. The Tubular sole offers a clean and streamlined look that doesn’t appear too chunky. In spite of its overall luxurious look, and rarity, one need not have to break the bank to get a pair of this Tubular Doom collaboration.

Facts

Top: Mid
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: Kith
Collection: Adidas Tubular
Price: $165
Colorways: Grey
Size
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A top rated Adidas sneaker
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Fit & Sizing

For the men consumers, to obtain the appropriate size and shape of the mid-top Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom, it is ideal to go half a size down than their usual fit as this shoe can get a bit roomy. This unisex sneaker has a medium width measurement and available in men’s sizes from 5 to 13.5 US. Female consumers may have to get a men’s size which is two sizes down their usual women’s foot size to enjoy the benefits of this shoe.

The mid-top Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom that resembles premade sandals and sock has a breathable and stretchy Primeknit cover with interwoven fibers. This collaborative masterpiece with Ronnie Fieg has a sock-like collar that rises above the ankle and protects that area from the frigid weather.

The midfoot overlays are built with a charcoal-colored wool fabric for added support and warmth. These work as a caging system where the shoelaces are looped through. The wraparound strap on the heel area is made of the same material with Kith’s slogan, Just Us”. All these lies on a chunky base which offers an ultra-modern twist and doubles as a midsole and outsole.

Its sock-like construction offers a luxe look when tucked under a pair of rolled-up, slim pants, zipped-up track pants, and comfy joggers. Some prefer wearing these with a crew sock, particularly the Kith x Adidas x Stance special tri-branded sock that was sold alongside the release of this shoe or dark compression gears to add insulation to the feet during the cold season.

The mid-top Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom has the same distinct elements as the Adidas Tubular Doom Primeknit. Both shoes share the same soft Primeknit body that adds warmth to the foot and a slimmed-down ribbed sole as compared to other Tubular Doom models.

If the overall sock- and sandal-like construction of the Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom is not enough to draw in attention, its special detailing such as the Just Us” inscriptions, plus the Adidas Consortium’s and Ronnie Fieg’s insignias make this sneaker an excellent conversation piece.

Adidas worked jointly with Kith, one of the lifestyle retail stores in New York City formed by sneaker and streetwear authority Ronnie Fieg, for the launch of the Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom in late January 2016. This ultra-modern, mid-top sneaker has a winterized sock-like construction made of Primeknit that showcases an aggressively looking Tubular sole.

The drop of the Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom is part of the 12-month World Tour campaign series of the Adidas Consortium held that year with the first stop held in New York City. Adidas Consortium is a high-tier segment of Adidas which links the Three-Stripes-brand to the most influential retailers in the sneaker industry and at the same time have a strong presence in social media. These retailers act as channels in bridging the products and stories of the Three Stripes to the consumers.

This sneaker produced from the tie-up of such brands was inspired by the 1980’s basketball shoe from Adidas’s archive, called the Tubular. Its futuristic concept did not instantly yield desirable response from consumers since its technology was way too ultramodern for a sneaker at that time. The term Tubular refers to the outsole design which was fashioned after car tire tubing.

After sitting in the Adidas’ repository, Nic Galway, VP for Global Design for Adidas Originals, thought of tweaking this extraordinary concept to come up with a modified running shoe. In 2014, the Tubular Runner was introduced. Its sole was built with the intention to suspend the foot over a tire.

The success of this release propelled the brand to give birth to other innovative styles such as the Nova, Viral, Runner, Radial, X, Mi Tubular, and Doom. All these continue to garner positive responses from consumers for their trademark Tubular sole.

Fast forward to 2016, the Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom with a mid-top sock-feature is considered one of the novel approaches to the familiar Tubular silhouettes. This cement gray collaborative work with Ronnie Fieg is not only extraordinarily chic but functional as well since it is fabricated to withstand the frigid New York winter with its Primeknit covering.

When it was launched in the flagship stores of Kith towards the end of January in 2016, sneakerheads and die-hard followers of Fieg were seen all lined-up braving the snowstorm to get a copy of this winterized sneaker. This scenario meant that the Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom or any product born out of the collaboration between Fieg and Adidas have a definite cult following.

  • The Kith x Adidas Tubular Doom x Kith was released on January 23, 2016.
  • The original retail price of this sneaker is USD 165, initially dropped in two Kith flagship stores: in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NYC.
  • Its Primeknit upper is fortified by two large elastic straps that cross over the top of the foot.
  • The sock collar of the right foot has an Adidas Trefoil logo, while the other pair has an RF” inscription which is the initials of Ronnie Fieg.
  • The inside of the shoe has the Just Us” slogan by Kith.
  • The navy blue box of this shoe is quite glossy which has a handshake symbol printed at the bottom top part of it representing the Adidas Consortium.
  • The same Adidas Consortium logo is seen on the inside tag of the shoe.
  • It comes with an extra cream colored lace option.
  • The shiny knit lace almost appears like nylon.

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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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