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.
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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.
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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.
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Adidas X_PLR History
The story of the Adidas X_PLR starts with the Adidas NMD. The NMD was introduced to the market in December 2015. It had Primeknit on the upper. On the midsole it uses the Energy Boost, which many argue is one of the most responsive cushioning systems available in the market to date.
When asked to comment on the company’s new creation, Adidas VP for Global Design Nic Galway says that the NMD is a graceful attempt at integrating the triumphs of yesterday, the delicate idiosyncrasies of today, and the positive outlook with which he and his team view tomorrow. As such, this new silhouette takes design cues from several Adidas classics such as the Rising Star, Micropacer, and the Boston Super.
But the NMD did not at all resemble any of those models. It only carried over their most salient essences, and the combination of which brought forth an entirely new look that some would even describe as futuristic. The company made the new model even more relevant by incorporating Adidas’s most effective technologies thus far into into its construction.
The name NMD is a codified reference to the nomad, which primarily is the intended master of this shoe according to Galway. The shoe is for one who never stays in a place for long. It is also for one who explores endlessly, therefore in need of a reliable partner that effectively supports their every stride.
The NMD, even if it was pricier than many shoes, still enjoyed a largely successful run through the market. Banking on NMD’s momentum, Adidas decided in December 2016, or exactly a year since the NMD’release, to drop a version of the NMD that is for those who are on a budget. The Adidas X_PLR was born.
Although the shoe is not as pricey because of it does not have many of Adidas’ patented and top of the line technologies, it does have its own value. It has already carved a niche of its own, as evidenced by its overwhelming popularity, particularly among those who are looking for a top-rated shoe that does not cost an arm and a leg.
Adidas X_PLR Style
It really does not take much effort to recognize that the Adidas X_PLR really does resemble the NMD. Without closely examining the details, one will probably even think that they are just one and the same!
Like the NMD, the X_PLR also looks great when paired with active wear. With its neat silhouette, it also won’t be bad to pair it with casual items. Truly, this shoe is for those who want to experiment with their looks without taking so much time.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas X_PLR is an equally stylish but cheaper alternative to the NMD. This shoe compliments the lifestyles of both men and women on the go. The slip-on design makes it such an easy shoe to use, and its one-piece mesh upper is said to hug the foot like a sock. For minor adjustments, the shoe has a speed lacing system that features a rubber stopper.
Stripped of the technologies that make the NMD a great performance shoe, the striking appearance similarities that it has with the NMD is arguably the Adidas X_PLR’s most important feature. Straightforwardly, it is for those who want the looks but not necessarily the great performance of the NMD. After all, it’s never wise to pay for technologies that will be of little use anyway.
- To ensure comfort, the inside of the Adias X_PLR is lined with breathable textile.
- The shoe makes use of a molded EVA midsole to provide a type of cushioning that is both supportive and light.
- The outsole of the Adidas X_PLR is made of a type of rubber that grips on almost any surface so well.
- This shoe makes use of the Ortholite sockliner to make sure that the wearer experiences high levels of comfort.
- The shoe has a heel pull that makes it a lot easier for wearers to slip in and out of it.