Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • Numerous reviewers were pleased by the beautiful color-blocking and vibrant colorways of the Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD shoes.
  • Quite a lot of users say these shoes are well made.
  • Many reviewers were happy with the rope lacing system and extra pair of yellow laces that allows for customization.  
  • Several users have tagged this shoe as “stylish,” “dope kicks,” and “instant cop” by customers.
  • Most buyers say the Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD shoes are comfortable thanks to its Boost cushioning that enables them to wear the kicks for an extended period.
  • A handful noted that the trail rubber outsole improved the traction of the NMD sneaker.
  • Quite a good number of observers loved the Pharrell Williams x Adidas NMD Hu “BBC” detailing from the aglets, the  “HEART” and “MIND” embroidery, the colorful reflexology print on the insole, and the red leather heel back with metallic gold Adidas trefoil logo on one shoe and BBC logo on the other.
  • Many wearers would receive compliments and praises for wearing these BBC x Pharrell Williams x Adidas NMD Hu shoes.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some were disappointed with the use of knit textile material in the upper that is less stretchy compared to Primeknit and other knit materials that conform to the shape of the foot.
  • A couple of reviewers find it hard to put on the Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD sneakers because of the stiff upper.
  • A few complained of the hefty pricing for the shoes.
  • One reviewer says the over saturation of Adidas x Pharrell Williams shoes hardly excite sneakerheads anymore of its release compared to Yeezys or Air Jordan releases.
  • Another reviewer criticized that the sneaker would have been better with more BBC detailing.

Bottom line

Pharrell William’s latest colorway drop for his collaboration with the Billionaire Boys Club streetwear which he founded and the iconic Adidas NMD is a reasonable purchase for many users despite its steep price. The unique colorway and appealing details are reasons why many sneakerheads want to cop a pair.  With the comfort of the Boost cushioning, the sneaker aims to please wearers looking for a comfortable and stylish shoe.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collaboration: Pharrell Williams
Collection: Pharrell Williams x Adidas
Price: $250
Size
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The Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD relatively runs true to size and fits those with narrow to medium sized feet. Those with wide feet are advised to get a pair of sneakers that is half to a full size bigger for a comfortable wearing experience. The low-top sneaker comes with a customizable rope lace-up system courtesy of a midfoot cage that holds the rope laces together.  The Three Stripes made these shoes available for men in US size 4 to 14 with half-sizes for exact fitting.

Pharrell William’s take on several Adidas Originals silhouettes has set the trend for hypebeasts and sneakerheads wanting more personality and character on their footwear. The Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD continues this trend of East African inspired colorways and close attention to details.  Stylists call the release as the Heart/Mind edition of the bestselling Adidas NMD shoe with Pharrell’s aesthetic inputs of embroidered “HEART” and “MIND” alternate on each shoe. The Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD for Fall 2018 first came out with a general release colorway comprising the White, Red, Navy, and Yellow tones in the upper that rests on top of a white Boost midsole and a black trail rubber outsole.

The second Heart/Mind Edition colorway is an exclusive release that only came out in the Billionaire Boys Club stores. The Pink/Purple colorway comes in a swirled pattern with the bold text of embroidered Japanese characters in the NMD upper that rests on top of a Boost midsole and a purple trail rubber outsole.  This particular colorway commands a higher price among resellers.

With the bold colorways of this particular NMD iteration, many stylists suggest wearing the Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD with similarly colored shirts, track jackets, and hoodies like the BBC apparel that came out with the design. Wearers may also opt to wear the shoes with joggers, track pants, ankle-length jeans, and colored walking shorts for a fresh, colorful look. While this is a Fall 2018 sneaker release, many sneakerheads may also use this shoe during the spring and summer months as the bold colorways, and light materials in the upper make this shoe a comfortable sneaker to wear for extended shopping walks at the mall, exploring urban jungles while traveling, and for daily work commutes.

Most remarkable in the design features of the Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD is its use of Boost that offers responsive midsole cushioning and energy return. Also prominent among the highlights of Pharrell’s NMD iteration is the use of a TPU midfoot cage that allows for customized lacing. Many users were also in praise of the shoes’ unique colorways and BBC detailing that make it visually appealing and fashionable to wear.

Award-winning rapper, singer, and composer Pharrell Williams has long been designing sneakers and clothes that it is only but fitting that German footwear manufacturer Adidas signed him up for a collaboration. Since 2014, Williams signed a long-term partnership deal with the Three Stripes brand that has taken the sneaker world by storm with bold and often attention-grabbing kicks. Some of the iconic Adidas Originals silhouettes that were given stylish makeovers by Pharrell include the bestselling NMD, Superstar and Stan Smith.

  The Hu Line

While the Stan Smith and Superstar makeovers were unique collaborative designs, it was the Hu line of sneakers that featured East African colors of humanity that made a mark on silhouettes such as his tweak on the Stan Smith called the Tennis Hu and the Hu NMD sneakers.

Since 2016, the Adidas originals NMD Human Race collection has been in circulation with the first release featuring colorways inspired by Native Americans in North Dakota with the collection’s theme about people that are coming together and value understanding each other. Several color options for the NMD came out including scarlet, green, tangerine, black, and light blue. Each of the color options had different callouts like “Human” and “Being,” “Human” and “Species” while some had “Hu” and “Race” placed in the upper.

In 2017, another very limited release was the Friends and Family edition of the Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD shoes in magenta colorway with Chinese characters embroidered in the upper. The shoes are very limited that it is highly coveted by many collectors that some had already shelled out more than $5,000 just for the limited pair.

  Pharrell Williams BBC and Adidas NMD

The collaboration between Pharrell, Adidas and the Billionaire Boys Club, the premium streetwear brand which he founded in 2005, was first launched in February 2018. The Adidas Pharrell Williams BBC Hu NMD sneaker was sold at retail on October 2018 for $250. Two colorways were released the Pharrell Williams x Adidas Hu  NMD Scarlet/Multicolor and the BBC-exclusive Pink/Purple colorway.

The first Pharrell Williams x Adidas NMD Hu BBC Scarlet Multi colorway featured an upper design that involves a stripe melange of white, red, yellow, and navy colors with a “HEART” and “MIND” embroidery on the mesh upper. The second colorway is an exclusive release that only came out in the Billionaire Boys Club stores. The Pink/Purple colorway come pink and purple stripe pattern with embroidered Japanese characters in the NMD upper that rests on top of a Boost midsole and a purple trail rubber outsole.  This particular colorway commands a higher price among resellers that go as high as $5,000.

  • TPU midfoot cage holds the rope laces for a more customized look.
  • An embroidered “HEART” and “MIND” alternate callouts appear on the knit upper.
  • Black colored trail rubber outsole delivers superior grip and traction.
  • BBC “B” logo and Adidas Trefoil branding detail can be found at the leather heel back.
  • Each pair comes with alternate yellow rope laces.

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