Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $220
Show more facts

Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A high percentage of purchasers appreciate the meaning behind this collaboration with Parley.
  • More than getting a stylish sneaker, a great number of users relishes the recycling initiative behind this shoe, which makes it a more worthy purchase.
  • A couple of users dubbed these as the best CS1 and Parley collaboration to date.
  • Few users pointed out that these are the most comfortable shoes that they have every worn.
  • Some reviewers find the design to be impressive and different.
  • Based on the NMD_CS1 Parley Primeknit alone, one says that Adidas is on its A game.
  • Many are pleased with their purchase.
  • Numerous purchasers love the convenience of the slip-on wear and sock-like fit of these sneakers.
  • The upper is composed of a breathable material.
  • Much like the established reputation of the Ultra Boost, the Adidas NMD_CS1 Parley PK provides the same level of comfort.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One noted that upon getting the shoe, the Boost is falling apart and that glue marks are seen
  • Many complained about the front area of the upper being a little loose.
  • A couple of consumers recommend going a size up for that ideal fit.

Bottom line

Being the instrument of change, Parley and Adidas show that their effort in raising awareness about the environment is far from happening. Made from recyclable materials, the NMD City Sock Parley Primeknit illustrates that our perception of good can still be made better. It was able to retain much of the qualities attributed to its OG-- comfortable, lightweight, and breathable, only made more stylish with its ocean-inspired colorway, which speaks highly of Parley.  At $220, users can already avail of this fashionable and modern sneaker and support a cause.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are sneaker fanatics, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

  • First look / Unboxing | SolePost

  • First look / Unboxing | SolePost

  • First look / Unboxing | SolePost

  • First look / Unboxing | SolePost

Show moreless reviews
Apply to become an expert

Adidas NMD_CS1 Parley Primeknit History

The year 2015 became a stellar year for the brand Adidas as its sales increased dramatically and its presence over the athleisure trend and sneakerheads became prevalent. With the release of the Ultra Boost, the sneaker that is regarded as the greatest running shoe of all-time, series of collaborations, and unique concept stores, the brand has ended the year much stronger than ever.

To sustain the heat of the year, Adidas released the NMD, a line of sneakers that has the everyday living in mind but carrying the brand's premier technologies. For a futuristic shoe, it can be quite ironic that its designers, spearheaded by Nic Galway, referred to the archives and took the Boston Super, Rising Star, and Micropacer as inspiration for the NMD. In 2016, the brand followed up the released of the NMD_C1.

Soon after, despite being the new kid on the block, it has been reinvented into different silhouettes and interpreted in various ways through collaborations. One of the most notable collaborations is with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that addresses the oceans' significant threats. After a successful partnership with Adidas in 2017, reportedly sold one million pairs, there is no stopping the brand from producing another collection and continuing its advocacy on raising awareness about the environment.

Adidas NMD_CS1 Parley Primeknit Style

With the rising awareness of severity of the problem of the oceans, it is just that this collaboration pushes through. This collaboration delves much inspiration from the marine ecosystem as the upper of the shoe sports an ocean-themed blue colorway with black striping accents. The bottom part is kept minimal with a crisp and clean white recycled rubber outsole and white NMD Boost tooling.

Much like the ultimate concept of the NMD, it remains to be a recognizable sneaker even without the Three Stripes. Most of the users who styled these paired it with trousers and tapered jeans to make it stand out.

Fit & Sizing

Getting the NMD_CS1 Primeknit's mid-top silhouette, the Parley version also offers the same lace-less and sock-like fit. The elastic band at the top secures the feet in place. More so, the pull tab allows a secure slip-on feel.

Offered in men's sizes, users can choose from a wide range of sizes from 4-14. All of these have half sizes except for 13-14. Women wanting to get the same style can also do so, only keeping in mind to go 1.5 sizes down for that ideal fit.

Notable Features

We already know the wonders of the NMD City Sock. However, the features of the Parley Primeknit collaboration are taken a level higher. Known to be the purveyor of the environment, each material used on the shoe does not only minimize environmental impact but, in fact, are even of help.

The knitted textile has long been the quest for major athletic footwear brands. With Adidas coming with their Primeknit technology and with this partnership, the upper of the shoe utilizes the Parley Ocean Plastic yarns, a material made of recycled waste from the beach and coastal communities. The PK doesn't sacrifice the breathability and comfort known to the original.

Additional Info

  • The NMD City Sock Parley Primeknit sports the signature Boost midsole, Adidas' most responsive cushioning system.
  • This collection was globally released on March 31, 2018.