Fit & Sizing
The Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit is part of the Men’s Originals collection with sizes ranging from 7 to 14. 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.
Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit History
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.