Featuring my 5 favourite silhouettes so far!
Since its launch in 2014, the Adidas Tubular style has been one of the brand’s best sellers with it’s extremely diverse range of women’s and men’s silhouettes. To me, it’s a classic mixture of utility and fashion, with the range housing a multitude of styles, textures and materials.
The design of the Tubular is an ode to adidas’ history with the styling of the original silhouette having been derived by a number of different styles from the Adidas archives that, until the release in 2014, were unable to be made due to manufacturing constraints. The Tubular is a style that, in a way, communicated to the world the direction that Adidas would be going in terms of design for the years to come. Nic Galway, VP of global design at Adidas and project leader on the Tubular design was quoted saying “We can’t only be stuck in the past” when discussing the Tubular silhouette, essentially communicating his intention to include newer styles and technologies into adidas’ rich footwear archive.
The inspiration for the design of the Tubular originated in the outsole, with the structure being modeled after inner tyre tubes- specifically, the airless tyre tubes that are used in the Dakar Rally. Galway, who is also responsible for the relationship between Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto (Y3), applied design principles that he had used in the Y3 range to produce a shoe that appears as if it were made with high-fashion intentions. If you study the Y3 range, you will notice the similarities between the Qasa silhouette and the original Tubular designs. At first glance, one may have thought that doing this would have diluted the exclusivity of the Y3 brand and the Qasa model in specific, but instead it simply elevated the more accessible Tubular style to high fashion status.
Since it launched, the Tubular silhouette has always been a feature of my weekly rotation. The Tubular range has one of, if not the biggest, ranges out of all Adidas footwear silhouettes and so in order to this save a bit of time I am going to feature my 5 favourites in the range so far. So, in no particular order…
1. Tubular Radial
2. Tubular X
3. Tubular Doom
4. Tubular Nova
5. Tubular Shadow
Although the above styles aren’t in any order in terms of preference, I feel there always has to be a winner in these sorts of posts. Personally I’ve found that there is one still that has no match when it comes to both comfortability and aesthetics- this being the Tubular Radial. The style can be found in a Primeknit iteration, as well as one with a mixture of synthetic and suede- the latter being easier to keep clean (the perfect daily beater).
I have found that the Tubular is a style that is either hated or loved, so what’s your stance on the silhouette?