Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most people who reviewed the Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit say that it is a comfortable footwear that’s perfect for everyday wear.
  • Many purchasers love the casual mid-top’s “well-designed urban styling,” which a few described as “incredibly aesthetically pleasing.” 
  • Some people claim that this shoe from the Adidas brand goes well with most outfits.
  • A significant number of buyers are pleased with the waterproof feature of the sneaker because water just slides off it. 
  • The Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit mid-top sneaker feels warm even in freezing winter conditions, several users have remarked.
  • Some customers have commended the sock-like fit of the Primeknit as well as the excellent GORE-TEX material. 
  • A few consumers have mentioned that the Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit feels light on the feet, “like wearing nothing at all.”
  • A tester likes the overall quality of the shoe that he purchased them in different colors.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of purchasers feel that this casual footwear would have felt even better with an insole, because the footbed felt just a little too firm.
  • Several reviewers did not like the huge GORE-TEX branding on the shoe.
  • A few testers do not like the “bubbles,” which they say formed from the footbed not being glued properly to the sole.
  • The Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit mid-top is a bit difficult to slip on or off at first, noted some customers.

Bottom line

The Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit is a perfect blend of cutting-edge design and function that’s great for everyday wear, just like its other NMD cousins. The waterproof lining keeps the elements out while keeping the feet dry and warm—exceptional for year-round use. Furthermore, the shoe is lightweight and is made of durable materials.

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Good to know

The Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit is part of the Men’s Originals collection. Some women like the style of the shoe as well, but since the size is made for men, women are advised to go down 1 ½ to 2 full sizes from their standard size to get their equivalent men’s sizes. For example, a 7 ½ in men’s sizing will be equal to approximately 9 in women’s.

The shoe is a slip-on, and the fit may not be adjusted. 

The Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit looks good whatever you pair with it. Match it with a simple shirt and tee and top with a cool jacket. Or pair it with joggers or rolled-up pants with a long-sleeved shirt on top.

The Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit is packed full of notable technology. It features a GORE-TEX lining to keep the feet dry and the shoe waterproof while providing the footwear with breathable performance. A flexible Primeknit upper provides the shoe with a seamless, lightweight material that allows it to wrap around the feet while the Boost gives a responsive cushioning that offers energy return.

Adidas first launched the NMD line back in 2015 under their Adidas Originals collection. The shoe was the brainchild of Nic Galway, Adidas Global Design VP who was also responsible for developing the Yeezy Boost line with Kanye. Galway’s goal in developing the NMD was to make sure it would be instantly recognizable from afar, even without seeing the trademark Adidas stripes. The NMD referenced three Adidas models, namely, the Boston Super, Rising Star, and Micro Pacer.

Every feature of the shoe had a special function, even the lego-blocking design” taken from the Micro Pacer which provided stability for the NMD. The cutouts on the sole allowed the footwear to move freely and the heel mustache gave the sneaker added reinforcement.

When the silhouette first dropped December of 2015, it sold out within minutes in some stores with about 30,000 people waiting online to purchase. The Adidas NMD was a success because of three things: it was comfortable (mainly because of the Boost), it was trendy, and it was packed with modern tech.

The Adidas NMD City Sock, meanwhile, was released on March 17, 2016, throughout Europe and Asia while it debuted in the U.S on May of the same year. It had most of the same details of the original NMD except for the jarring black and white piping design on its upper and the new mid-cut profile. A slew of other colorways followed along with a collaboration with White Mountaineering of Japan.

The NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit is a reworking of the City Sock by updating the silhouette with a GORE-TEX lining to keep the feet dry in all-weather conditions.

  • The shoe contains the NMD trademark of molded EVA midsole plugs.


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