NMD

Adidas continued to work their magic and brought out a plethora of Boost-equipped sneakers in 2015. We all know the likes of the adidas Yeezy Boosts and adidas Ultraboosts headlined that breakthrough year for the three stripes. But among the jam-packed lineup is the unforgettable adidas NMD.

The adidas NMD took design cues from three classic adidas running trainers such as the Micro Pacer, Boston Super, and Rising Star. But the NMD isn’t intended for serious running. It’s actually a lifestyle shoe meant for urban travellers and everyday adventurers. NMD stands for “Nomad”.

Now, it’s a hard time trying to reveal another Boost shoe in the same year without having similarities in terms of design. But adidas managed to change things up despite incorporating Primeknit and Boost; two of the primary features found in the Yeezy and Ultraboost.

Making up the shoe is the one piece sock-like Primeknit upper. Subtle three stripes on the sides give it an easily recognizable appearance. The highlight from the shoe aside from the full-length Boost is the use of colourful “LEGO” blocks on the sides. Some may easily point out the obvious that it’s a nod to the Micro Pacer. But the foam inserts also serve a purpose. It’s meant to reinforce the shoe and provide structure to the soft, lightweight Primeknit upper. It also stabilizes the overall fit due to the insane amount of Boost underfoot.

Throughout the years of its release, there have been different NMD styles and variations. Some of the most popular include Pharrell William’s NMD Human Race Series, which showcases a new lacing system with multilingual messages on the upper. Other versions of the NMD such as the R2 put away the foam inserts on the midsole for a less restrictive ride.

The first NMD model, the NMD R1, have seen countless releases in multiple colourways. Various collabs with different brands just goes to show how popular the NMD is.

Even when its popularity took a slight dip because of new models on the market, the NMD continues to sell well.

The latest NMD releases now utilise Primegreen and Primeblue. Two knitted uppers similar to Primeknit, but with more sustainable content. Primegreen’s comprised of scraps and factory waste, while Primeblue contains Parley Ocean Plastic.

With a new NMD model set to arrive in the coming seasons, take advantage of the availability of the old models. Because we’ll definitely miss those times once the new silhouette rolls out.

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