Who should buy the Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit

This all-around Adidas sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a sneaker with a durable rubber outsole that offers reliable traction and grip
  • You want a shoe with a lace-up closure with flat laces for an optimal fit
  • You prefer a sporty sneaker inspired by Running

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit Logo

Style of the Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit

The NMD_R1 STLT PK, similar to its forerunners, is constructed with everyday living in mind. Thus, the brand made sure that its running-inspired silhouette remains versatile and easy to carry with its lightweight construction and minimally-styled silhouette. Perfect for those on the move 24/7, the shoe looks great with just about anything including joggers, jeans, leggings, dresses, and shorts.

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit Midsole

Notable Features

Like the NMD_R1, this sneaker features the same sole unit with two EVA plugs on the lateral side and one big one on the medial side for extra stability. It also maintains the heel moustache for support and the signature heel strap for easier slip-on/off.

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit Laces

This rendition, however, unlike any other NMD model, features a translucent outsole. Its rib-like detailing, its 3-Stripes-free silhouette and uncaged upper with floating laces also set this shoe apart from its siblings.

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit Collar

History of the Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit

Back in December 2015, Adidas launched a casual sneaker that was primarily made to match people’s fast-paced lifestyles. Appropriately dubbed as the NMD, short for “Nomad,” it combined the brand’s most talked-about technologies, the Boost and the Primeknit. These two techs fusion made the shoe ultralight, breathable and comfortable.

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit rubber outsole

The NMD was a product of the divergent thinking of the VP of Global Design Nic Galway, the genius behind equally iconic lines the Tubular and the Yeezys. Its first model was the NMD_R1. Interestingly, its modern look was inspired by three retro models, the Rising Star, the Boston Super, and the Micro Pacer. All of which are considered outdated. Their silhouette, though, were perceived as ahead of its time during its initial release.

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit Collar heel

Minimally-styled, unique and tech-filled, sneaker addicts greeted the NMD_R1’s entrance with zest. Instantly, the shoe sold out, and it became one of the brand’s most coveted models. To keep the fans excited, Adidas released other variations including the NMD_R2 and the NMD City Sock. However, a few years after, the hype died down.

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit Heel

Despite its decline in popularity, it has not lost its charm. The introduction of the low-top Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit proves this. Making a preview on June 2017 and released in the market in December of the same year, this model, which shows off a revamped PK upper and floating laces, has been seen in a variety of hues in a span of a few months.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas NMD_R1
Style: Sporty, Sock
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Nmd, Adidas Originals, Adidas Boost, Adidas Primeknit
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Designed by: Nic Galway

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.