Summary

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12 reasons to buy

  • A great number of consumers commend the comfort of the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit. 
  • Compared to the original NMD, the midsole of these are more comfortable and conform to the foot better, said one online reviewer.
  • Because of the excellent qualities of the shoe, one user feels surprised that these are not sold out everywhere.
  • According to one commenter, the grip traction is superb.
  • A high number of customers rave about its unique design. 
  • One purchaser claimed that these are very supportive for those with flat feet.
  • Its price point may be expensive, but it is worth it, according to one buyer.
  • The Primeknit upper is a different experience as it is exceptionally breathable and flexible.
  • The Boost midsole is not entirely flat making it more comfortable than other NMD models.
  • A couple of the online commenters note that the silhouette of the NMD_Racer Primeknit is unisex.
  • Fans of Adidas and the NMD line said that these are worth the wait as it is a superb addition to their collection.
  • These are an excellent everyday sneaker that suits most age ranges, according to one purchaser.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The sock upper doesn't entirely wrap the ankle as they are quite loose.
  • The placement of the heel plug placed at the back corner of the Boost makes the ankle roll.
  • The suede material at the heel part gets dirty easily and is less durable.

Bottom line

Coming from the NMD heritage which has the reputation of being minimalist and futuristic, the NMD_Racer Primeknit carries this prestige with upgrades on its detailing. Users highly praise the overall qualities of these, from comfort, style, arch support, material, and traction.

The Boost and Primeknit upper, which are also apparent on the NMD line, are adapted but with minor upgrades of being stretchier and more supportive. The overall style of these remains to stand out subtly, especially with its monochromatic upper with contrasting color accents that extend throughout the outsole.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas NMD
Closure: Laces
Designer: Nic Galway
Material: Rubber Sole
Technology: Boost, Primeknit
Features: Breathable
Price: $165
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, White, Yellow
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The Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit is offered for men and women. Males can pick their ideal size from 5-14 while the ladies can choose from varying sizes ranging from 5-13. These sneakers offer a sock-like and secure fit because of its Primeknit upper. More so, because it sports a traditional lace-up closure, a snug fit is ensured.

Although the original design of the NMD is already streamlined, the NMD Racer PK takes the minimalism style even further. These sneakers are highly inspired by the 80s running shoes. It fuses the easily identifiable NMD details and the stripped back design of the Adidas NMD Racer.

The upper stays true to the stretchy monochromatic Primeknit upper but is contrasted with bright pink and neon yellow accents on the outsole. It dons a stroke-like detailing that is reminiscent of speed. It is further enhanced with a gradient embroidery along the arch and the vamp.

As one of the many variations of the NMD, there are a few upgrades that were injected on the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit. One of which is the placement of the EVA heel plugs which was extended to the back part of the heel, contrasting to the original NMDs that sport shorter heel plugs.

The medial side of the outsole has neon green and bright pink clasps, having textures similar to pebbles. These detailing and color extend on the outsole, giving it more traction. The outsole of the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit is commendable as it is the first model of NMD to have an arch plate. It boosts the arch support, making it more comfortable.

Released in 2015, the Adidas NMD is one of the brand's upcoming icons. These  Adidas sneakers are inspired by Boston Super, Rising Star, and Micropacer. One of the goals of Nic Galway, the Senior VP for Global Design, was to create a sneaker designed unlikely of the Boost, a trainer that is new and exciting with small hints of the past.

During the design process, Galway's designers were allowed to pull sneakers from the archives but averted to take them on their desks. The primary purpose of this practice is to help the designers only remember the details that stood out to them instead of recreating a shoe.

NMD stands for "Nomad," which translates to a person who is always on the move. People who are always traveling and not bounded by anything were in mind during the conceptualization. Its design is then translated to a minimalist approach wherein every stitch and piece of the sneaker serves a specific purpose.

As with most Boost soles, the sneaker gained hype and instantly sold out. It paved the way for more releases of the NMD's including the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit, which is a follow up to the original NMD Racer.

  • Like other NMDs, the upper of these feature Primeknit. However, for this, it was composed of a stretchier Primeknit.
  • The Boost is also a staple NMD technology. Dubbed as the most responsive cushioning that provides high levels of energy return, it is evident why the NMD_Racer Primeknit is incorporated with this.
  • It has the signature NMD heel pull that has texts "With the Three Stripes" in different languages. The writing, although the same for all, is not positioned the same for all models as it depends on where the manufacturer cuts the texts.
  • Unlike the other NMD models, the insole of these are non-removable and doesn't feature Boost windows.

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