We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Out of the handful of reviews gathered, most confirmed that they were attracted to the low-top Adidas UA&Sons NMD R2’s simple, sleek and stylish look.
  • The concealed Three-stripes on the upper was a cool addition, most reported.
  • When it came to comfort, this sneaker got a lot of two thumbs up.
  • Equipped with the brand’s most responsive cushioning system, the UA&Sons NMD R2 promises to offer a bouncy yet stable ride all day.
  • Its gray colorway was well-liked by the majority of its buyers as it can be easily paired with a variety of styles.
  • It often fits according to size.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several users thought that its $220 price tag was too much.
  • One buyer was particularly unhappy with this version’s knit material. Although it felt soft, unlike the commonly used Primeknit material, its fabric lacked flexibility and felt somewhat loose.
  • Its laces were too long, another noticed.
  • Given its price point, Adidas could have packaged the shoe with a better backstory, according to a number of its fans.

Bottom line

The NMD_R2 is just one of the NMD models that recently received a UA & Sons makeover. Its silhouette is perceived as simple, but under the right lighting, it reveals its hidden “Three-stripes” that’s indeed a sight. The Boost sole, on the one hand, gives this sneaker its unrivaled appeal.

Innovative, versatile, comfortable and eye-catching, this model is surely capable of igniting any sneakerheads’ interest. Its somewhat steep pricing, however, displeased some. Nonetheless, the shoe remains a piece of work worth adding to anyone’s collection of kicks.


Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: UA & Sons
Collection: Adidas NMD
Price: $220
Colorways: Grey
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Face the city life’s hustle and bustle without worrying about your feet with the low-top Adidas UA&Sons NMD R2. Built explicitly with everyday living in mind, its light and breathable textile upper as well as its featherweight, ultra-responsive Boost sole are capable of supplying lasting comfort. Freedom of movement, sufficient support and a stable ride can also be expected from its low-cut profile, familiar molded EVA midsole plug and its wide outsole.

The NMD_R2 is available in men’s sizes 4-14. It often fits according to size. Those who prefer a snug fit, though, can always size down.

While most NMD_R2 models are dressed in Primeknit, the low-top Adidas UA&Sons NMD R2 chose to be distinct by carrying a gray and blue textile upper with high-resolution heathered knit print lined with a dark blue hue for an added pop.

Looking sporty and casual at the same time, fans of this shoe can easily rock this with their favorite pair of denim, joggers and shorts as well as tees and hoodies. They could even kick their style up a notch by strutting it with a pair of chinos and a polo shirt.

The Adidas UA & Sons NMD_R2’s glitch-like pattern on the whole of its upper may seem subtle, but this gives this sneaker its distinct look. The same glitchy theme is also applied to the “Trefoil” and the ampersand “&” logo on the tongue label and the insole. While most of the outsole is clad in a neutral tone, the pink detailing undoubtedly gives this creation the oomph it needs to turn heads.

Back in December 2015, VP of Global Design Nic Galway together with his team introduced the “NMD.” Short for “Nomad,” Adidas’ groundbreaking cushioning tech - the Boost was merged with the design elements of three of the brand’s archived models - the Boston Super, Rising Star and Micro Pacer. This fusion brought into existence a lifestyle sneaker that perfectly embodied the brand’s past and present as well as modern-day consumers’ nomadic lifestyle.

An instant hit, in a year’s time, the brand was able to launch an array of NMD variations which include the NMD_R2. Minimally-styled like its predecessors, it displayed a lightweight construction with every part of it playing an important role in the shoe’s overall performance.

After over a year, the hype for the NMD may have died down, but the brand, along with other top-tier retail stores and fashion labels still recognize its appeal and the impact it has over the NMD-loving crowds. Tokyo-based label UA & Sons was keen to join in and work with the brand.

Blessed with UA & Sons’ touch of creativity as well as guest designer Kosuke Kawamura’s special artwork, the UA & Sons NMD_R2 looks clean yet attractive. View it under the direct light of a flash, and it dazzles (literally and figuratively) unlike any other of its kind.

This sneaker made its preview in May 2017 and was released to the public on January 20, 2018, along with another Adidas x UA & Sons collab. Both, however, failed to sell out instantly. The number of online searches, though, prove that this model still has not lost its swagger.

  • This lifestyle footwear’s structure is enhanced with the help of the leather heel patch and the stitching on the medial quarter panel.
  • Heel pull tab marked with the statement “The Three Stripes” in different languages not only adds aesthetic appeal but also assists in easy foot entry.
  • Lace fastening system with flat laces aids in adjusting the shoe’s fit.
  • Shoe-in comfort is increased with the addition of the airy mesh lining and cushioned insole.
  • Rubber outsole supplies the needed traction for everyday walking.
  • UA&Sons stands for United Arrows & Sons.


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.