It would be fair to say that 2015 has largely been Adidas’s year. With Yeezy taking the market by storm, the company has managed to solidify their position as the world’s leading sneaker brand. A position that was largely being challenged by Nike, until Ultra Boost happened.
Adidas is only looking one way at the moment, to the future and this is going to be amplified with the arrival of the NMD R1, a sneaker which according to many, is the hottest thing to hit the sneaker circuit, ever.
The NMD stands for Nomad, a name that is used to emphasize the inspiration behind the design, which is everyday living. It’s one you can carry anywhere and do anything with, without feeling like you are lugging something along.
But it’s not all fancy marketing here. At the heart of the NMD R1 is a retro inspired design, clubbed with the schmancy cutting edge technology that redefines cushioning, the boost.
The first look at the NMD R1
Heavily inspired from retro sneakers such as the Micro Pacer, Rising Star and Boston Super, the Adidas NMD R1 looks like it’s been sourced straight from an Adidas factory in the 80s. The sneaky-white design with the colored stability plugs (read further down) are a refreshing addition to the all-white sneakers from different brands that have been clamoring for space in retail outlets, in the past year.
The sneaker itself, is surprisingly light weight and has a sock like construction that is a welcome change from the norm. The Primeknit upper is made of a breathable and flexible mesh without any kind of toecap inside.
When worn, the sock like stretch material on the collar, adheres to the ankles and the foot. It’s really flexible and will mold to the shape of the foot rather than feeling uncomfortable or cramped.
The three patterned stripes in the middle are consistent with the color scheme of the sneaker and connects beautifully to the laces.
The foxing is all white and is made from Adidas’s famed Boost cushioning technology. While sneakerheads may opine that it is not as comfortable as the Ultraboost, the NMD R1 is equally efficient, even on bumpy turf.
On the midsole, there are the two color blocks, which may seem like a design element, but they are actually called ‘stability plugs’ and give more stability to the wearer.
The blue one is branded with the Adidas logo and is only placed on the exterior part of the sneaker. The red one, however, is slightly bigger and is present on the inside of the sneaker too and provides added stability to the heel.
Underneath, there is a webbed rubber outer sole that provides a firm footing and accentuates the cushioning provided by the thick boost tooling.
On the feet
What makes the NMD R1 Vintage White, completely worth the hype is its versatility. You can pair it with just about any outfit. Be it an old worn out jeans or the latest skinny trackpant or just a casual shorts.
- Wear it to the gym or on your daily jog, it’s as good as running with a super flexible sock on your feet. It provides stability to the heel, especially during high intensity activity like HIIT.
- At the same time, it does not limit or restrict the feet movement in any way because it molds itself perfectly according to the shape of the foot.
- Despite the promotions being design-heavy and the hype surrounding the retro inspiration, the NMD R1 qualifies as an extremely comfortable sneaker that blends seamlessly on the feet.
- The bigger stability plug near the heel on the inside of the sneaker can be a tad uncomfortable, especially when the sneaker is new and since it is so lightweight, most people wouldn’t be wearing a sock with it.
- If you have worn the Ultraboost and expect the NMD R1 to be similar in terms of cushioning and comfort, then you may be a tad disappointed. Although, it is the same technology, the Ultraboost scores above the NMD R1 when it comes to comfort.
Other than these, there are no inherent flaws in the sneakers and it completely justifies the mad rush for the pre-order.
The Final Verdict
The Brand with the 3 stripes has hit a homerun with the NMD R1. It is insanely stylish, extremely comfortable and right at the cusp of retro and cutting edge. Is it worth the price? Absolutely. Sneakerhead or not, go for it. You won’t regret it for sure.