We spent 5.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The easy slip-on feature of the Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 gained appreciation from many users.
  • Most of the reviewers expressed how comfortable the shoe felt on foot.
  • The versatility of the sneaker was recognized by most of the critics with how they can use it for different purposes.
  • A handful of reviewers loved the lightweight feel that the shoe offers.
  • Many buyers expressed that the sneaker displays an attractive modern design.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 is sold at a $220 price tag in which many buyers find it slightly pricey.
  • Some of the reviewers noted that the sneaker might run big on foot.

Bottom line

The Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 exhibits a minimal and sleek design in an all-black Primeknit on top of the black Boost midsole system. The Primeknit upper construction of this mid-top silhouette displays a multi-directional structure that wraps the foot like a sock. The Boost midsole delivers enhanced energy return with every step and also provides a lightweight comfort for the foot.

Although this kick may be slightly expensive, the performance, style, appeal, and the rich heritage behind the inspiration of the design make it worth a grab.


Top: Mid
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: The Goodwill Out
Collection: Adidas NMD
Price: $220
Colorways: Black
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A flexible and comfortable fit from the Primeknit upper is delivered by the Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1. Its laceless closure system offers the wearer an easy on and off, supported by its heel pull loops. The sneaker also provides a secured fit with how its elastic collar wraps around the ankle.

 The Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 is available in men’s sizing from size 7 US to 12 US. For women who want to get a pair of this mid-top shoe, a 1.5 reduction from the men’s sizing is applicable.

Mysterious, agile, furtive, discreet: these are some of the characteristics that the Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 conveys as it represents the qualities of a ninja. With all these characteristics, the mid-top silhouette also carries flexibility both in its class and in its style. It blends in with the flow of trend in the fashion industry. It keeps the wearer to stay stylish yet not risking comfort. It functions well in a variety of events as an outfit complement and offers off an edgy vibe for the wearer.

The wholly blacked out colorway of the Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 embodies the whole silhouette as it was designed to display a stealth appearance. The colorway of this mid-top silhouette expresses the concept of the ability of ninjas stealthily fighting in total darkness as the silhouette itself is Shinobi-inspired.

The three distinctive patterns of its Primeknit upper construction delivers a clean look that gives subtle texture variations that show “sense of depth and intrigue.” It sits atop the all-black Boost midsole which is also built with black pods and an all-black serrated trail outsole. The design was then finished off with the heel loop tape that displays the words, “THE ART OF SEEING THROUGH DARKNESS” and “THE GOOD WILL OUT” in both English and Japanese.

Adidas NMD’s development designer, Nic Galway, aimed to create a shoe that carries a unique design that will be remarkable in its own way that will catch attention even from a distance. He also wanted to create a functional silhouette. Holding on to those goals, Galway, went through the brand’s classics and gave them a touch of modernization. Thus, the Adidas NMD was born.

NMD stands for “Nomad,” and the silhouette represents its correspondence with the continually traveling people. With the lightweight comfort and quality performance of the shoe, it lives up to the needs of a traveler.

In the summer of 2016, the Adidas NMD City Sock series was introduced by Adidas. The Adidas NMD_CS1 displays a full Primeknit upper and a laceless closure system. In 2017, using the silhouette, Adidas teamed up The Good Will Out, a Cologne-based sneaker shop. The Good Will Out carries a solid reputation all-over Europe and in the sneaker district.

The Adidas x The Good Will Out NMD_CS1 received a stealthy makeover as the concept of the collaboration took inspiration from the Shinobi, the male feudal Japanese mercenaries or commonly known as ninjas. Presenting an all-black appearance, the silhouette conveys the “covert movements” and the “nocturnal camouflage” of the ninjas.

  • Adidas and The Good Will Out co-branding can be observed on a leather loop in front/tongue of the sneaker.
  • “CS” means City Sock.
  • The molded EVA midsole plug is also in black to complement the all-black appeal of the mid-top shoe.


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.