Size and fit

The upper the low-top Adidas Originals NMD_CS1 Primeknit is made entirely of the famous Primeknit technology. It embraces the entire foot for a snug fit and tailored comfort. It has an elastic collar that fits perfectly around the ankle for a secure fit. This unisex sneaker also has the signature NMD pull tab for easiness in taking this pair on and off.  The EVA midsole insert provides cushioning while the Boost technology maximizes the energy return. 

Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit Style

The lace-less closure system with the signature NMD pull-loop of the Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit makes this striking for wearers who are always on-the-go. The lightness and the comfort of the Boost technology allow this pair to be worn all day without straining the wearer’s foot.

  Few notable colorways of the Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit

  • Core blue/core black/cloud white
  • Night cargo/base green/cloud white
  • Cloud white/clear orange 
  • White gum
  • 'Koi Fish' cloud white/core black
  • Clear lilac/legend pink 

Being offered in various vibrant colorways, this pair can be worn with almost anything casual. The NMD_CS1 PK flawlessly fused performance and lifestyle, making it very stylish along the way. Its simple and straightforward upper displays a clean look while elevating one's laidback ensemble into a more striking one. From the wearer's favorite pair of pants, shorts or cuffed jeans matched up with a simple tee or plaid polo top, casual wearing has never been this stylish with the men’s and women’s Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit.

Notable Features

The Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit sneakers have a one-piece upper that is made entirely of the Primeknit technology. The modern upper wraps the foot to provide a tailored fit and sock-like feel.  The NMD_CS1 PK also has an engineered Japanese-influence multi-directional pattern on its Primeknit upper. This pattern is used to provide the best possible fit for its wearers. This outline also acts as a design to add complexity to the whole appearance since they do not have a lacing system.

Another striking element found on this model is the vegetable-tanned leather details found on the heel and the medial side. The tan heel tab allows the wearers for easy slide on while the medial side patch provides added support and style.

Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit History

Adidas thought of creating a footwear design that is suitable for touring along the city streets. They created a shoe which they merged the Primeknit and Boost technologies and called it the NMD. Nic Galway, the breakthrough designer of the NMD, aspired to create a design with a unique profile.

Galway wanted a kind of footwear with every part of it having a function. He also aimed at creating a shoe that is very striking even from afar. Under the Adidas Originals line, he unearthed some of Adidas' classic sneaker models and modernized it to form a functional yet straightforward sneaker.

The Three Stripes brand coined the NMD to label their newest shoe venture. They wanted this sneaker to be correlated with people who regularly travel. NMD stands for Nomad, a member of a group of people who always move from one place to another. Adidas essentially created a shoe that will fit the nomadic lifestyle of today’s generation, and that is a life without boundaries. Considering all the comfort and lightness of this pair that vision is not far from happening.

Reselling of the NMD these days is very deliberate. Some of the NMD pairs are being resold in as high as $1000 US. People demanded the NMD merely because they are going to use them. Only a few people actually collect them, and most of the people practically wear the NMDs because of the comfort and the stylish profile of this shoe.

  Some notable Adidas NMD iterations

Because of its popularity, the Three Stripes took advantage of it and unveiled remarkable and unique colorways and various packs to cater to a wide range of followers. Here are several of the most notable packs and iterations launched and their respective release dates:

  • Adidas NMD_R1 Primeknit released in December 2015
  • Adidas x Nice Kicks NMD_R1 PK released in February 2016
  • Adidas x Footlocker NMD_R1 released in December 2016
  • Adidas NMD_R1 Circa Knit released in March 2016
  • Adidas NMD_R1 City Pack released in March 2016
  • Adidas NMD City Sock Pack released in March 2016
  • Adidas NMD Mid Chukka released in March 2016
  • Adidas NMD_R1 Geometric Pack released in March 2016
  • Adidas NMD_R1PK "Monochrome Pack" released in March 2016
  • Adidas NMD Camo Pack released in April 2016

  The Adidas NMD City Sock series:

Adidas released the first in the NMD City Sock series in March of 2016 in Asia and Europe and unveiled in the US market in May 2016. The first Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit shoes have a mid-top profile and feature a laceless upper. It highlights the Primeknit technology settled entirely on the Boost midsole.

To further increase the market of the NMD City Sock, the Three Stripes thought of developing a design that will make this model apt for wearers who love the outdoors even during the cold days. The brand introduced the Adidas NMD_CS1 GTX Primeknit, a CS1 model CS1 model lined with Gore-Tex material.

The GoreTex is a waterproof lining that repels water and keeps the foot feeling dry and warm. The NMD_CS1 sneaker laden with a Gore-Tex lining is a shoe suited for the wet and cold season. While this mid-top kick is built to be weatherproof, lightweight and durable, it is reported to run a tad big for the majority of the buyers. Thus most of them suggested buying a half size down or even two sizes smaller than the buyer's regular size. Few also griped that this pair easily gets dirty making this a shoe that is not the ideal footwear for the wet weather conditions.

Adidas kept the fire of the NMD burning by recreating their CS1 model, non-stop, without moving away from its main profile - stylish and straightforward.  This model was used by an organization called Parley for the Oceans that deals with the threats on the ocean. The Adidas NMD_CS1 Parley displays an upper inspired by the marine ecosystem with its ocean-themed blue hue accented with black stripes. The rubber outsole features fresh and white rubber made of recycled materials.

The Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit, meanwhile, was launched in April 2017 as an updated variation of the first CS iteration. This model flaunts a design inspired by the Japanese Kimono wrap-around style on its collar using the Primeknit upper. The brand added lines and applied innovative details to elevate its style and construction.

This model kept the overall comfort and durability of its predecessor and was time and again used by several collaborations as its base model, such as Naked and KITH. The Boost midsole, also, does not disappoint its reviewers for its reliable cushioning that provides endless return of energy to its wearers; thus maximizes the general cozy strides.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit has a black rubber webbed pattern outsole for an excellent ground grip.
  • The molded EVA midsole plug is found on the medial side of the NMD_CS1 PK is for stability and aesthetic purposes.
  • The distinctive Boost midsole delivers responsive cushioning for maximized energy return.


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