Who should buy the Adidas MicropacerXR1

The Adidas MicropacerXR1 employs a full-leather upper that hugs the foot from toe-tip to the heel. Speaking of the latter, a pull tab provides easy access for the wearer which is tucked into the heel counter. Cushioning is administered by the light yet responsive Boost sole technology pulled out from the NMD R1. It is a solid choice if: 

  • You prefer a pair of sneakers that could satisfy your 80s nostalgia. 
  • You love footwear with an eye-catching design that draws the attention and praises of people. 
  • A shoe that could upgrade any clothing with its versatile design is what you need. 
  • You are after a walking companion that offers sustained comfort even after several hours of wear. 

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Style of the Adidas MicropacerXR1

The men's Adidas MicropacerXR1's grace can be flaunted by either the gents or the ladies. Its sleek facade perfectly resembles the retro-ness of its predecessor while employing a hip and relevant underfoot tooling courtesy of the NMD midsole. Shining and splendid, the silvery uppers blend gorgeously with the well-thought-of color-blocking on the Three Stripes and midsole elements.

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A sneaker with such promising feats should be partnered with ambitious clothing like those present in the catwalk but, of course, casual walkers are not that bold enough. Those who prefer to maintain a semi-low-profile appearance should resort to joggers or skinny jeans but leggings and track pants would also suffice.

The almost NMD-ish vibe of these Adidas MicropacerXR1 shoes enabled it to blend well with numerous outfit options. From summer clothes to layers and layers of cold-climate apparel, the newly inducted Adidas Micropacer would oblige aesthetically.

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Notable features

The sneaker's imagery basically follows the OG iteration's design theme but with updated contents. Besides, the NMD R1 borrowed the stabilizing pods of the Adidas Micropacer in the first place. What brings the hybrid shoe forward is the use of a Boost sole which seems to be cut similar as its predecessor.

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  Difference between MicropacerXR1 and Futurepacer

The Futurepacer, first of all, already has a clue in its name on what it delivers to the audience. From the root word "future," the F-word sneaker has details beyond the current timeline prominent with its edgier cut at the heel and bold Lego blocks on the midsole.

The MicropacerXR1, on the other hand, stays true to the OG pacer. From the silver colorway to the suede overlay, the hybrid embodies its predecessor more than the Futurepacer. The common thing about the two is that they both utilize the pedometer, which nowadays could be deemed obsolete.

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History of the Adidas MicropacerXR1

From the Jesse Owens era to their concurrent global stature, the Adidas running regime had shared quite a reasonable portion of the limelight throughout the years. Continuing to uphold Adi Dassler's legacy was made evident in every iteration released. Starting from the mold of the Samba's and the Gazelle's, the Adidas running subgroup propelled its way to stardom in the latter years of the company's existence.

Several notable franchises showcasing the Adidas running portfolio sprouted from time to time. The Gazelle's magnanimous sales reception gave birth to many sports-inclined silhouettes which, incidentally, was also aided by the Superstar's success as a basketball sneaker.

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The dominance of Reebok and Nike in the late 70s to the early 90s brushed off Adidas' focus to other enterprises which in turn focused on running. The introduction of the Night Jogger in 1980 was a bold start, considering that it was an era with a plethora of trainers and whatnot.

The model that put Adidas in the sneaker map was the Micropacer--a promising silhouette with a built-in microchip tracking the wearer's calorie count, distance traveled, and other innovative details. A revolutionary runner would most certainly come in an exceptional price range which was the main reason why its sales plummetted, and the public was a bit turned off.

The Adidas Micropacer shared a piece of the sneaker revenue pie during its initial flight, but its brilliance was long forgotten when the German brand overhauled its catalog into a more straightforward yet more functional umbrella.

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Enter the EQT series. Regarded as probably the most ambitious revamp to date, the EQT franchise, or Equipment to those who lack the sneaker know-how, resurrected the brand's almost dying light. With the mantra: "Everything that is essential; nothing that is not," Adidas stripped down all their main models down to one necessary vessel which can cater to various antics of sport and athletics. Infused with the Torsion technology, most of the footwear under the EQT line delivered exceptional performance.

Of course, every apparel has a ticking clock, and soon after, the grace Adidas runners eventually faded out. Fortunately, these vintage trainers were given a second life in a new form mainly embellishing a lifestyle facade. The years surrounding 2014 made way to the prominence of an eccentric kind of fashion known almost ironically as dad shoes. Chunky runners from the past, from which were the favored footwear of our uncles and fathers alike, became a sensational hit strutted by thin-statured walkers on the catwalk.

The resurfacing of long-forgotten trainers sparked a new opportunity for previous iterations to see the light of day. Hybridizing these OG runners and eventually calling them sneakers along the way hit a new level of fame. Mashing iconic features of footwear from the Adidas archives created the so-called Adidas NMD, a shortened term for Nomad.

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The very first edition of the NMD was aptly named as R1, an acronym for "runner." The blue and red bumpers found on its revolutionary Boost midsole was pulled out from the Micropacer. Though aesthetically pleasing, these Lego blocks serve a higher purpose for stability.

Skip ahead to 2019, the much-awaited clash between the present and the past were witnessed in the Adidas MicropacerXR1. The prestigious sneaker oozes with everything vintage courtesy of the Micropacer-heavily-inspired upper while mashing its underfoot cushioning with the NMD R1's Boost sole.

Before the Adidas MicropacerXR1 officially debuted on February 2, 2019, a teaser release was unveiled on December 15 which was a collaboration with Transport For London.  The Adidas MicropacerXR1 was dipped in tonal black hues from top to bottom which even included the pods on the midsole. To complement the sneaker's dark upbringing, white brandings were garnished along its upper including the word Micropacer on the middle stripe.

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Additional info

  • The sneaker's rubber outsole mimics that of the Adidas NMD R1's.
  • The upper shines in a dominant color of silver which also extends to its interior.
  • Red and black Lego blocks were used on its tooling.
  • Underneath the pedometer is a lace-up enclosure for a customizable fit.
  • The left shoe contains the step counter while the right one has some sort of pocket on top of the laces.
  • The pull tabs mirror that of the NMD’s.

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Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Originals
Colorways: Black / Silver / Beige
SKUs: EE3625 / G26778 / G28940

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.