Our verdict


The breakthrough style of the NMD_R1 by Adidas showcases the Boost cushioning for limitless energy return. This insanely stylish and comfortable pair lies on the thin line that separates the throwback feel and cutting-edge style. This space-aged sneaker will definitely keep its wearer’s head in the game.


  • Comfy upper
  • Appealing design
  • Lightweight
  • Ample toe room
  • Gorgeous colorways
  • Easy to put on
  • Versatile style


  • White is difficult to clean
  • Not so durable
  • Lack support

Who should buy the Adidas NMD_R1

The Adidas NMD_R1 might suit you if:

  • You are looking for a sneaker with a mix of hypermodern and retro appeal.
  • A shoe that would not drag your feet down with its weight is what you are after.
  • You prefer a sneaker that takes less effort to put on.

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Who should not buy the Adidas NMD_R1

The NMD_R1 may not be for people with a busy lifestyle as the shoe is quite challenging to keep clean and therefore may require regular cleaning. The Black Adidas Swift Run might be a solid candidate. Also, look elsewhere if a shoe that delivers ample foot support is what you need. You may want to take a look at the Ultra 4D 5.0.

The comfy upper of the Adidas NMD_R1

The upper of this low-top sneaker is made of stretch mesh that is super flexible and perfectly molds to the entire foot providing maximum support and comfort to the wearers. That said, the majority of the users describe the Adidas Originals NMD_R1 as comfortable.

Adidas NMD_R1 Upper

Wear them in no time

Several wearers mention that they like the easy-to-slip-on design of this shoe reinforced with laces to keep their feet secure at all times, thanks to the iconic NMD pull tab and snug lace-up closure of this futuristic sneaker.

Adidas NMD_R1 Slip On

Lacks support in the upper

Because the upper material is very thin and has no overlays that would provide structure, many have commented that they needed to really tighten the laces. And this is not an easy feat given that they are round in profile and a bit slippery. 

It ain't cumbersome

Many wearers enjoy the lightness brought about by the mesh component and the slim profile of this pair.

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The Adidas NMD_R1's generous toe section

A few users share that the Adidas NMD_R1 has the right amount of space in the toe area.

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Some issues with durability

A few sneakerheads have commented on the durability. Some say that the whole lacing system is glued off and others say that the materials are very cheap. 

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A versatile design from space

When the NMD_R1 was first released in retail, it was advertised as a shoe for urban nomads. The modern style of the NMD_R1 is fit for people who cruise around the cities that need better cushioning and support and at the same time are stylish.

A handful of users praise the fashion-forward appeal and cutting-edge style of the Adidas NMD_R1. Many also like the tongueless design of this pair. Many users also like the versatility of the NMD_R1 which makes this a suitable sneaker for running errands and light training. They can practically pair this with any outfit, be it old worn-out jeans or skinny track pants, or just any casual pair of shorts.

Adidas NMD_R1 Style

Notable features

One iconic feature of the Adidas NMD _R1 casual shoes is the lego-like blocks found in the Boost midsole. They provide support in the Boost foam. The EVA stability plug that is found on the rear is a tad bigger than the one found in the front area. This striking feature adds aesthetic value to the entirety of the NMD_R1.

Adidas NMD_R1 Midsole

Adidas NMD_R1 History

Nic Galway, one of Adidas’ veteran designers, conceptualized footwear that can be worn not for any specific sport, but just for daily wear on the streets. He wanted to create a shoe that is discernible even from afar with its unique profile.

Galway unearthed some designs from Adidas’ archive and incorporated simplicity and functionality into them. NMD was heavily inspired by retro sneakers such as the Micro Pacer, Rising Star, and the Boston Super.

In 2015, they launched the NMD, which in turn became a sensational Adidas line. NMD stands for Nomad, a member of a community who constantly moves from one place to another. That is basically the vision of Galway, for his shoe to be worn by people who are in constant travel. He wanted his shoe to fit the nomadic lifestyle, which is a life without boundaries. He thought of creating footwear that people can bring anywhere and do anything without the feeling of lugging something along.

The lightness and the comfort that the NMD delivers makes it one of the sought-after pairs in today’s generation. Many people resell their NMDs for as high as $1000 US. To date, the market sales of the NMD sneakers are not slowing down, and Adidas keeps on introducing newer versions every season.

Adidas released the NMD_R1, also known as Adidas NMD Runner, as their first model under the NMD line. The design was inspired by several running shoes and tweaked to fit the urban lifestyle. The Boost sole technology was used for an ultimate comfortable underfoot experience. The Boost cushioning also provides endless energy return with every stride. The upper of the NMD_R1 is exceptionally soft which embraces the foot entirely and snugly for total comfort.

Although patterned from a running shoe, the Adidas Originals NMD_R1 is not suitable for long-distance running and is a better partner for urban cruising. The NMD_R1 will always be outstanding in comfort but not in performance.

Nice to know

  • Adidas has finally taken steps to end plastic waste and this can be seen with the release of the sustainable version of the NMD_R1. 20% of the pieces of this version upper are made of at least 50% recycled material.

Adidas NMD_R1 Nice to Know