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


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.


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.


We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit is a comfortable shoe, as observed by a lot of wearers.
  • Some buyers were attracted with the fashionable design of these kicks.
  • A handful of users get complimented when wearing these sneakers.
  • A majority of the purchasers would recommend buying the Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit to a friend.
  • A few commented that these are great shoes for the summer season.
  • A small number of buyers didn’t have an issue with the expensive price of the shoe. They said that it’s worth it.
  • The NMD_R2 Primeknit features Adidas’ most responsive cushioning technology known as the Boost. It provides an efficient energy return to the wearer.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A very small number of female wearers felt that the shoe runs large.
  • Very few saw quality issues with the shoe. There were people who noticed a hole that formed after wearing the pair for a few times.

Bottom line

The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit is a stylish, casual shoe that’s worth its premium price tag. It has a stunning and eye-catching design. The style combined with its excellent features wins the hearts of most wearers. It’s a comfortable shoe that easily goes with summer styles. The comfort brought by the shoe comes from the cutting-edge boost technology by Adidas.

Although the shoe has plenty of features to boast, there were a few buyers who were unsatisfied with the sizing and the quality. And although it takes its cues from running shoes, the NMD_R2 Primeknit best functions as a casual shoe.



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Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit History

The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit originates from the original NMD sneaker which launched in 2016. The style was inspired by three shoes from the Adidas archives: the Boston Super, Micro Pacer and Rising Star. As a result, the shoe has a both a familiar and futuristic appeal.

The creation of the NMD was led by Nic Galway, the Vice President of Global Design for Adidas Originals. In creating the shoe, the Adidas veteran wanted to make this silhouette recognizable even from a distance. The designer also made sure that every part has a function. If one component is removed, the shoe will not function properly. The Lego-like block may seem like it’s just for the NMD aesthetic, but in reality, it supports the Boost foam. The NMD silhouette doesn’t have reinforcements so it’s the elements of the upper that give structure to the shoe.

This revolutionary silhouette was the most talked-about in Adidas history. It was released in various colorways and further models were released based on the original silhouette. Its extreme popularity made people think that it will end up like the ZX Flux—a model that became too common until people don’t want to talk about it anymore. The NMD followed a different path. People were excited about the shoe after every release. The resale value of the shoe increased. The original model is sold more than a thousand dollars.

The NMD R2 silhouette came after the NMD R1. This second edition was released in late 2016. The shoe launched in two colorways at an SRP of 170 USD.

Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit Style

The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit has an advanced design that connects the past to the feature. It is a combination of streetwise aesthetic and the latest technologies by the German footwear giant. The sneaker shows the evolution in sneaker innovation. It features the full-length Boost cushioning which returns the energy put in by the wearer.

The upper has an improved fit through the Adidas Primeknit. It’s an upper design created using the Shadow Knit method which makes an impressive color-shift effect. The signature 3-stripes logo found on the medial and lateral sides establishes its Adidas roots. The shoe looks great with jeans and other casual styles.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit is a shoe for men and women. Men’s sizes are from 5 to 14. Women’s sizes are from 5 to 11. The shoe generally runs true to size. The Primeknit upper hugs the foot like a sock with an adaptive support and extra light comfort. The upper is designed to stretch and conform to the unique shape of the wearer’s foot.

Notable Features

The wearers were impressed by the comfort given by these shoes. This is achieved by the Primeknit atop the Adidas Boost midsole. The Boost technology is a running-shoe inspired technology that provides excellent energy return. As a result, no energy is wasted on every step. The upper gives the foot a lightweight feel.

Additional Info

  • The upper is made of leather and textile.
  • Its lining is made of textile.
  • The outsole is made of rubber.
  • The signature NMD pull tab is found at the heel part.
  • The shoe has an NMD aesthetic with its molded EVA midsole plug seen on the medial side.
  • It features a man-made suede sockliner.
  • The pair has a premium nubuck heel patch.
  • The upper has an engineered graphic pattern.
  • The NMD_R2 still has some designs from its predecessor. One difference is the Lego-like blocks were replaced with one ergonomically-shaped block. It is also sleeker than the former silhouette.
  • The first unveiling of the silhouette was at Pitti Uomo in June 2016. A collaborative runway shoe was held by White Mountaineering (a Tokyo-based outdoor label) and Adidas. The Japanese company also used the silhouette for their collaboration with the footwear giant.
  • Size?, a UK footwear and clothing retailer, and Henry Poole, a well-known tailor company, collaborated with Adidas using the R2 silhouette.