adidas Originals added another variant, the Tubular Doom PK, to their very popular range. PK stands for Prime Knit, in case you didn’t know. I was at their launch party at Humming Tree in Bangalore last month when I first laid eyes on the pair and it was love at first sight.
Here is a quick (and fun) unboxing video for you folks:
The sneaker has an upper that resembles (and feels) like a sock and the primary black upper has reflective 3M material to make it pop so you aren’t road-kill when you walk at night.
This pair reminds me so much of the Qasa Y3 (that hasn’t even hit Indian shores yet and I wonder why!) because of the way it has been crafted. I love the mid and other sole treatment, the elastic bands on the upper and the overall design element. It makes me stare at these sneakers for long minutes. But the real bitch, will be to clean the soles on these kicks thanks to the grooves. They look fire though.
The aggressive outer sole blends pretty well with the minimalist prime knit upper and the very bold mid-top sock finish. I especially love the look of the rope laces, which have a textured finish on them. However, they come undone quite often and that is quite annoying. Am not sure if it’s the laces or if am lousy at fastening them. That must be quite a low in the sneaker universe, if it is all me.
Branding on these sneakers is minimal. There is the logo on the heel and the tongue. And these sneakers take getting used to. There is no denying the fact, that the sock like upper clings on to your ankle well to provide support. But it only makes me wonder how long would the elasticity hold up if worn (and hence stretched around your feet) regularly. It is also bound to feel funny when you can see your toes wiggle through your shoes. Why you wiggle your toes, is a topic of discussion for some other time.
They run true to size. I know people recommend you go down half a US size but in UK sizing, I stuck to an 8.
I never made much of the Tubular sneaker till I actually tried on a pair and loved them. I now own 3 pairs including the Doom and eagerly look forward to what they do with it next. The Tubular kicks are super light, comfortable, and although they can’t be compared to a Boost, are right up there with the competition.
You can buy the Tubular sneakers here.