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.
The R1 and R2 are the NMD’s main models, but Adidas has also released versions like the CS1 and CS2 with one-piece uppers, and it’s experimented with materials like Gore-Tex and nubuck, too. The NMDs initial sold-out hype has leveled off since the originals were reselling at twice their value, but Adidas shows no signs of dropping the shoe from continual updates, and existing NMD variants regularly sell at 30 to 50 percent off retail. We’ll continuously update this list to reflect the latest, most inspired Adidas NMDs at the best price.
adidas’ NMD R2 silhouette is back after a temporary absence with a color scheme that finds itself dreaming of the 2018-19 NFL season. Crystal White makes up for the majority of this Primeknit-infused selection, while the Trefoil Brand ushers in Dolphins-colored highlights on the heel and laces. Multi-colored rope laces that have been featured as part of Pharrell‘s NMD collaborations replace the usual NMD laces on this particular sneaker. Pairs of this NFL-ready NMD are currently available at select Three Stripes retailers the likes of Sneaker Politics for $130 USD.