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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The majority of Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit owners were amazed at the comfort brought by the shoe. A couple of them mentioned that it feels like a slipper.
  • A handful of users said that the Adidas NMD_CS2 PK is the best shoe they have ever worn.
  • A lot of buyers were impressed by the appearance of these stylish kicks.
  • A good number of consumers said that the pair fits well.
  • It is lightweight as mentioned by some wearers. Adidas used light materials so users are enjoying this benefit.
  • A few users were happy about the colorway of the NMD_CS2 PK.
  • There are users that praised it for being a shoe that can be worn the entire day.
  • A couple of sneaker enthusiasts noticed that the Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit has a thicker Boost midsole which makes the shoe more comfortable.
  • Some users loved that the shoe slides in and out easily.
  • The NMD_CS2 Primeknit features the Adidas Boost technology—the shoe company’s most responsive cushioning system.
  • The lightweight cushioning is from the shoe’s EVA midsole insert.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit is expensive.
  • A few users who bought the pair noticed some quality issues (insole, glue and bumps).
  • A considerable number of users said that the shoe runs too large. They recommended going a half size lower.

Bottom line

The Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit excels in three departments—style, comfort and performance. Its lightweight features treat the wearer to a shoe that can be worn for extended hours. However, these premium features come at a slightly expensive investment.


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Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit History

The Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit is the updated version of its predecessor NMD_CS1, but this time, its design is inspired by Japan which manifests in the Primeknit upper. With its premium, pioneering and progressive design, the shoe maintains its relevance in modern-day streetwear. The shoe is embellished with simple lines and applied with innovative construction to create a new flavor on the collection-inspired style. It provides modern comfort with the application of the Boost technology.

Looking at the collar of the NMD_CS2 Primeknit, people will notice that wraparound design looks like a kimono. It also has a sock-like construction and the Boost technology for a responsive and energized ride.

The shoe debuted in April 2017. It has also been used as a canvas for an Adidas collaboration with international women’s sneaker supplier Naked and Ronnie Fieg’s streetwear retailer KITH. This project is part of the Sneaker Exchange Consortium. This collab debuted in March 2017 with two colorways: sandstone and pink. It went available via Naked, KITH and select Adidas retailers around the world.

The NMD_CS2 Primeknit is part of the NMD collection by the Herzo footwear giant. When Adidas teased this product, they said that it took its cues from three sneakers from their old collection—the Rising Star, Micropacer and Boston Super. Adidas finally opened the curtains to present the shoe to the public in a big event in New York City. And when it finally debuted at the end of 2015, the shoes were sold out.

In the entire history of Adidas, the NMD became the most-talked about shoe. The footwear company eventually produced it multiple colorways. Initially, people feared that the NMD would go down the path of ZX Flux—a shoe that became extremely popular until it’s so common that people started to lose interest. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case for the NMDs. Release after release, the excitement of the consumers heightened. The resale value of the NMD rose, with the original playing around a thousand dollars.

The hype for the shoe thrives. Long lines formed whenever there’s a new style of the NMD. Adidas even claimed that 400,000 pairs were sold in just one day. According to Stadium Goods co-owner John McPheters people were actually buying the shoe to wear it—it’s not just something for one’s expansion of sneaker collection. Among the typically bought versions are the NMDs with a Primeknit upper and a Boost sole that’s sold at 170 USD.

Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit Style

Adidas’ NMD line progresses its venture through the creation of unique combinations of performance-inspired aesthetic and lifestyle designs. The Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit is one of their latest creations. The upper is embellished with a stripe pattern that’s contrasted by a circle graphic. It maintains the comfort provided by the running NMD models by using an EVA midsole for cushioning and Boost tech for a responsive ride.

The Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit is available in men’s and women’s versions. Sizes offered are from 5 to 13 for men and 5.5 to 11 for women. It fairly runs true to size. The shoe is built with a minimal sock-like wrap. It has decent space in the interior that can accommodate those with slightly wider feet. The Primeknit upper hugs the foot for super light comfort and flexible support. 

Notable Features

Most Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit were enthusiastic about the shoe’s comfort. The design team combined the elements of comfort and energy return by placing the Primeknit on top of the Boost midsole. The upper treats the foot with a lightweight comfort. On the other hand, the wearer is energized with each step through the performance of the Boost technology.

Additional Info

  • Naming styles: On the box, the shoe is labeled as NMD_CS2 PK. The whole name of this shoe is NMD City Sock Primeknit. On the Adidas website its name is NMD_CS2 Primeknit Shoes.
  • Unlike typical NMDs that have Lego-like blocks, the shoe only has one blocked found on the medial side of the shoe.
  • The Adidas NMD_CS2 Primeknit has a rubber outsole.
  • It features an engineered 1-piece upper designed with stripes all over the material.
  • The upper of this shoe has different themes, depending on the inspiration it is taken from.