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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A couple of reviewers loved the clean appearance of the Adidas NMD_C1 Trail.
  • A video reviewer observed that when the pair is placed side by side, the heel counter has an inward diagonal pattern which gives the shoe flow and is aesthetically pleasing from behind.
  • Some users said that the shoe looks better in person than in pictures.
  • The Boost midsole has energy-returning properties that charge each step with an infinite supply of fast and light energy.
  • Most Adidas NMD_C1 Trail owners are impressed with the ridged outsole which provides excellent traction on the trail.
  • The heel counter adds a pop of color to these kicks.
  • It is a reasonably priced shoe.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A buyer didn’t like the white-colored Boost because it’s bound to get dirty on the trail.
  • The absence of a padding makes it less comfy as noted by a couple of sneaker enthusiasts.
  • A tester claims that the collar digs into the heel, making the shoe uncomfortable.
  • It takes some time to break the shoe in according to a wearer.
  • It doesn’t have much lockdown because the laces are high up.

Bottom line

For people looking for a nice and clean shoe that’s ready to brave the trail, the Adidas NMD_C1 Trail is recommended. The Boost sole provides excellent energy return when a user is on a hike or on a climb. With the excellent traction of the outsole, the user is ready to walk on different grounds, whether wet or dry. But if potential buyers prefer a good amount cushioning, this may not be the shoe for them.



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Adidas NMD_C1 Trail History

The Adidas NMD_C1 Trail is a refashioned version of the NMD Chukka. Made to outlast outdoor environments and the unpredictable weather, the shoe was launched on October 1, 2016. Its outsole has a rugged traction, which allows hiking, proper climbing and other activities of the outdoorsy. 

The NMD Chukka is a luxe rework of the NMD under Adidas Originals. It has a mid-cut design featuring a premium suede upper that was launched in red and black. It features a Boost technology application in white hue to contrast the upper.

Adidas NMD_C1 Trail Style

The Adidas NMD_C1 Trail has a rugged style that embodies the Adidas innovation at its best. It is a combination of trail-inspired construction and contemporary performance style. The upper made of nylon rests atop a responsive Boost midsole and a beefy, ribbed outsole. It goes well with a variety of outfits from casual to smart casual.

The Adidas NMD_C1 Trail is offered in men’s sizing. The shoe is available from size 5 to 13. These kicks fairly run true to size. The upper has a sock-like construction so it has a snug feel on the foot. The lockdown is only around the ankle. The foot is supported by the leather heel counter of the shoe.

Notable Features

Since it’s a shoe designed for the trail, most buyers were keen on the Adidas NMD_C1 Trail outsole that gives excellent traction. It can be walked on slippery grounds. It’s a great shoe to wear during the fall and winter seasons.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas NMD_C1 Trail features a nylon upper that stretches and is accented with a waxed suede heel.
  • It has a comfortable textile lining.
  • It features an NMD aesthetic exhibited through the insert plugs made of molded EVA.