Who should buy the Adidas NMD_R2 

This Adidas Originals sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You are after a sporty and lightweight sneaker inspired by running
  • You want a shoe with a minimalistic yet trendy design
  • You are looking for versatile footwear that matches your nomad-like lifestyle

Adidas NMD_R2 Logo

Style of the Adidas NMD_R2

The Adidas NMD_R2 radiates the sleekness of its brother model R1 and tones down its facade by a notch. The famous bumper inserts on the lateral sides are stripped out, employing a slick-slimy, unencumbered Ultraboost tooling for which one can boast. Created with everyday living in mind, the brand made sure that the Adidas NMD_R2 women’s sneaker had a minimalistic design that would look great in various types of outfits. Leggings, t-shirt dresses, jeans, and shorts included.

Adidas NMD_R2 Toebox

Moreover, the Adidas NMD_R2 men’s shoe is lightweight and multi-functional, not to mention, ultra-comfortable, making it an ultimate travel essential. With this shoe, people always on the go need not worry about carrying any unnecessary weight or excess baggage.

Notable Features

Common to all NMD shoes, this version features the iconic Primeknit upper and Boost midsole. The former offering adaptive fit and the latter provides responsive cushioning. To complete the look, a molded EVA midsole block is added on the NMD_R2’s medial side. This also improves the shoe’s cushioning and stability.

Adidas NMD_R2 Midsole

Initially, the men’s and women’s Adidas NMD_R2 casual shoes were released in a Primeknit construction, visible with the sock-like form and elastic entry at the collar. Eventually, subsequent versions closed out the seams of the collar to give a more sturdy and sporty look. Aside from that, it also provides a distinctive feature to further classify if the said iteration is of the Primeknit type or other materials like knitted-mesh.

Adidas NMD_R2 Collar

The NMD_R1 has a different toe and heel tread which features lugs on the former and concentric semi-circles on the latter. The Adidas NMD_R2 utilizes parallel lines for its traction in the toe and heel area.

History of the Adidas NMD_R2

Since the invention of the Primeknit and Boost, people just can’t get enough of them. As proof of its popularity, many Adidas’ creations, whether new or old, have adopted these technologies, the NMD included. The NMD, short for “Nomad,” made an appearance in December 2015, the same year when other tech-filled creations were launched. These included the Adidas Tubular and the Adidas Yeezys. All of which were products of Nic Galway, VP of Global Design, and his team’s divergent thinking.

Adidas NMD_R2 Tongue

This minimalistic approach to designing shoes led to the creation of the NMD_R1, the first model developed under the NMD line. This low-top sneaker combined the Primeknit upper and the Boost sole. Fans addicted to these innovations greeted its entrance with much enthusiasm. In fact, this shoe instantly sold out without the need for real celebrity endorsements.

Adidas NMD_R2 Laces

The production of the NMD R2 followed a year after. A few minor updates were made to enhance the shoe’s fit and feel. This includes the removal of the NMD plugs found on the lateral side of this shoe and the addition of a big midsole block on its medial side.

Adidas NMD_R2 Heel

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Nmd, Adidas Originals, Adidas Boost, Adidas Primeknit
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Nic Galway
Material: Knit, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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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.