adidas Originals dropped yet another iteration of their runaway success, the Tubular. This time around, it is the Tubular Invader 2.0, right in time for Autumn/Winter. Although focus has primarily been on their Stan Smiths and Boost technologies, the Trefoil brand still leans on the strong image created by the Tubular range.
The silhouette is inspired by basketball kicks and is minimal, moving away from the previous drops that were Y3 inspired. I own 3 pairs of the Tubular Runner silhouette (click the links for detailed view) – Runner Weave, Runner Neoprene and Primeknit Doom. The only reason I took to these so easily is because the ride on the Tubular is super comfy. It does not compare to the Boost soles of course but the way they built the outsole, walking in them is quite a joy to be honest. Also, they look pretty amazing with pretty much any outfit you throw at it. Also a huge contributor is perhaps the fact that I can’t get my hands on any of Yohji Yamamoto‘s iconic design and hence have to make-do with the second best.
A quick unboxing and on-feet video as always to get things started, from my YouTube Channel:
The Invader 2.0 drops the very Yeezy-like mid foot strap and has focussed on the 3D embossed upper. Some of you might be familiar with a similar design that was on the Superstars earlier this year. The retro inspired Invader 2.0 has a regular EVA sole with the trademark Tubular outsole has been toned down with only a mild dip at the heel. The comfort on this can’t be compared to the runners simply because the construction is more boot-like. Hence, the ride is stiff and the sole doesn’t articulate as much as you would expect it to. That is to be expected considering these kicks are meant to keep your feet warm when it’s cold outside!
Go True To Size with this sneaker. The fit is just right. I don’t think I have any complaints with these kicks. Sure, the ride is not like the runners but then the point is that this is winterized and hence a certain bit of rigidity steps in. Of course, it can’t handle the snow but where I live, it only gets nippy and these sneakers fit right in with the weather.
What I love about them, like with all my earlier Tubular kicks, is that the design element is neat and minimal. It is a sneaker that you can pair with almost any outfit. Be it shorts, denims or joggers. Whenever I find a pair that can be styled easy, it becomes my go-to daily beater in my collection. And although I love the feel of Primeknit on my feet, this construction is a welcome change.
What do you make of these kicks? Would you cop a pair? Let me know in the comments.
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