Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Comfort-wise, most give the mid-top Adidas UA&Sons NMD CS2 PK a perfect score.
  • Its sock-fitting construction can be worn for long hours without issues, a few people note.
  • The Primeknit material on this model receive a couple of praises for its blanket-like texture that supplies enough stretch.
  • The UA & Sons NMD CS2 PK is perceived as the go-to shoe for one wearer who suffered from leg and back problems due to a post back surgery.
  • Its minimalist styling blends easily with a myriad of everyday outfits, as mentioned by a handful of reviewers.
  • It manages to impress the majority of its fans with its good quality materials and well-made construction.
  • A few think that the Adidas UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit looks even better in person.
  • The glitchy pattern on its silhouette is perceived by some as modern and stylish.
  • Unlike the regular NMD CS2 models that felt shallow, several notice that this rendition gave a better in-shoe feel thanks to its added insole.
  • One wearer who is used to wearing custom insoles expresses satisfaction with the amount of cushioning this version’s insole offered.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Given the lack of hype, its $220 price tag is described as steep by several buyers.
  • Others add that the brand could have given this a better packaging or backstory taking into account its somewhat high price point.
  • One person thinks that the Adidas UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit’s minimalist design does not reflect UA&Sons usual styling.

Bottom line

The UA&Sons NMD CS2’s did not fail to impress its loyal supporters with its minimalist yet fashion-forward styling not to mention its responsive ride. While its quality, comfort, and aesthetics remain outstanding, fans were quick to notice its slightly hefty pricing and the brand’s failure to give this remarkable collab a more fitting backstory. 

This oversight, which may be perceived as minor by some, haplessly made this rather stunning shoe a little less appealing especially for the hype-centric crowd.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: UA & Sons
Collection: Adidas NMD
Closure: Slip-on
Technology: Boost, Primeknit
Season: Summer
Features: Breathable
Price: $220
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Available in men’s sizes, the Adidas UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit is built explicitly to match present-day consumers nomadic way of life. Thus, like its forerunners, it is constructed with a one-piece Primeknit upper that makes it ultralight and breathable yet supportive.

Styling the mid-top Adidas UA & Sons NMD CS2 PK knows no bounds. Clad in neutral hues, its mixed black/white/grey colorway adapts easily to a mishmash of styles and outfits. Those who are going for a laidback look can easily blend this with their favorite pair of joggers or denim and shirt. Achieving a somewhat preppy look can also be done effortlessly by mixing and matching these kicks with a pair of khaki pants, a blazer and or a polo shirt or tee.

The white Boost midsole in this edition is undoubtedly a sight to behold especially for the Boost fanatics. Although not “UltraBoost-comfortable,” it undeniably provides top-notch comfort that lasts.

Other than the familiar white midsole, this street-ready sneaker also shows off designer Kosuke Kawamura’s glitch-like graphics on the sockliner cover, tongue label, and the medial TPU sheet. As simple as it is, these give the shoe its defining look.

The much-hyped mid-top UA&Sons NMD City Sock was among the hottest sneakers in the summer of 2016. While most shoes in the market are forgettable, this one, in particular, set itself apart from the ordinary with its chukka-like construction that resembled a sock. Gaining instant street cred, German brand Adidas made sure that fans’ excitement was sustained by promptly releasing a sequel.

Its follow-up version called the NMD City Sock 2 (aka NMD CS2) favorably took style and function to another level. While the imprint in its Boost midsole as well as its laceless, slip-on styling are reminiscent of the original silhouette, the rest of its design was altered.

Inspired by the simplistic design of traditional Japanese clothing, the updated model which was released in April 2017 displayed refined aesthetics with its asymmetrical collar that looked a lot like a wrap-around kimono. The signature EVA midsole inserts found on the original were also ditched and replaced with the NMD R2-like sole that included a rubber toe bumper. Semi-circular detailing was also added on the medial side for extra oomph.

Collaborative projects were subsequently introduced. These included Adidas’ tie-up with known Tokyo-based fashion label UA&Sons. While these two kept their version, aptly called UA&Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit, minimally-styled, they ascertained that its rich, marbled appearance plus the subtle yet attention-grabbing little details added on its silhouette made a statement. Launched On January 2018, it debuted along with another UA&Sons x Adidas collab.

  • The black rubber outsole that extends up to the toe gives sufficient traction and adds durability.
  • Pull tab on the heel with its signature marking improves the shoe’s aesthetic appeal as well as aids in easy foot entry.
  • Plush feel is achieved with the addition of the fixed leather sockliner and faux suede heel cap lining.
  • For branding, the right tongue label displays the famous”Trefoil” logo whereas the left tongue label comes with UA&Sons “ampersand (&)” insignia.
  • The chunky EVA midsole plug on the medial side enhances stability while the half-circle accent found on the same side adds dimension to the shoe.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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