NMD stands for Nomad, and “nomad” embodies the spirit of the Adidas NMD as the triumphant trainer celebrates its third birthday in December. Modern sneaker culture is all about chunky 1990s throwbacks and designer takes on decades-old designs, so Adidas took a gamble on creating an all-new silhouette to compete with the likes of the Air Max and Air Jordan. Yet, Adidas had a hot hand in 2015: It debuted the UltraBoost—which combined the revolutionary Boost midsole with the company’s Primeknit upper—in January that year, and the Three Stripes bet it’d have another winner if it used the same pairing in a casual shoe. The NMD was born in December 2015 and quickly muscled its way into the lifestyle footwear market—with a handful of inspired iterations, the NMD hasn’t let up.
The original NMD_R1 evokes the UltraBoost, but with EVA-foam inserts (two on the lateral side, one on the medial side) to stabilize the springy Boost midsole. The Primeknit upper is stretchy and breathable, and although it’s a completely new silhouette, the design draws from the brand’s Micro Pacer, Boston Super, and Rising Star models of old. The NMD_R2, released in December 2016, used one big EVA midsole insert on the medial side instead of its predecessor’s three inserts, and the Primeknit stitch pattern was also updated.
Opting for darker tones, the NMD R1 and the NMD R1 Primeknit are given black and red makeovers that highlight the standout elements on the two models. The NMD R1 goes monochromatic with a full black upper complete with matching EVA Three Stripes midfoot branding and heel counter, while a full-length black BOOST midsole accented by red TPU sole bumpers finishes off the look. The emerging NMD R1 Primeknit-assisted silhouette is dressed in a marbled black and red contrast pattern and features the same full-length black BOOST midsole, however instead with black TPU sole bumpers.
The adidas NMD XR1 Triple Grey is making its rounds to select adidas Originals retailers for the new season. This adidas NMD XR1 comes dressed in a full Grey hue constructed with a mesh upper contrasted with Metallic Silver on the Boost midsole. Other details include a leather branded tongue label and heel counter with the signature canvas pull tab that reads, “Brand With The Three Stripes.