Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $250
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Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of purchasers were pleased with the comfort of the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC shoes, primarily because of its Boost midsole cushioning.
  • Heaps of reviewers agree that this NMD version is a head-turner and good looking.
  • Some emphasized that the clean colorway of this shoe is the main attraction.
  • Many purchasers also appreciate the stylish design of this Pharrell Williams shoe.
  • Some reviewers pointed out that this has a sturdier Primeknit than previous PW NMD Hu’s.
  • The Hu Holi NMD BC is an expensive shoe, but several purchasers said that with its overall performance and exquisite look, it is worth the price. They even consider it an excellent purchase.
  • A few reviewers said that this is a breathable low-top shoe.
  • Some purchasers loved the details on this shoe’s laces.
  • The fit of this shoe is perfect once the correct size is worn, according to several pleased reviewers.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of reviewers commented that the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD Blank Canvas shoe is always limited and challenging to acquire.
  • A few reviewers noticed that this shoe is a bit heavier than the regular NMDs.
  • One video reviewer said that this feels a lot thicker than the previous Human Race Trail shoes.
  • Some reviewers commented that this PW Hu Holi NMD BC runs big.
  • Some said that this shoe, like other Pharrell Williams NMDs, is difficult to get on because of the slip-on bootie construction

Bottom line

If you are looking for a stylish shoe with minimal aesthetics, then the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC is the one for you. A special iteration of the highly coveted NMD silhouette under the Hu Holi Blank Canvas pack, this Pharrell Williams shoe is the subtlest colorway in the entire Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Collection, which is inspired by the Indian Holi Festival or the Festival of Colors.

The overall vibe of this low-top is already a head-turner, but beyond its impressive flair is its performance that made purchasers think that its high price is totally worth the hype it is stylish, good-looking, comfortable, breathable, and versatile.

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Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC History

Adidas has always been known for collaborating with different artists, celebrities, and designers of different cultures and personalities. For decades, it has built an army of designers with diverse interests and art form, which are all reflected in most of the Adidas products including sneakers.

One of today’s most popular Adidas collaboration projects is the Adidas x Pharrell Williams. The American rapper officially became a part of the Three Stripes in 2014 when he signed a long-term collaboration project with the brand.

Two years later, Adidas and Pharrell released the Hu” line which stands for both the human” element in the periodic table and the word hue” representing people of different colors. The collection released back then includes the NMD silhouette with a touch of Pharrell Williams’ signature vibrant colors and different words branding on the shoe’s upper such as Human,” Race,” Species,” Hu,” Being,” and Man.”

Then came February 2018. Following the successful collaboration of Pharrell and Adidas in 2016 is another partnership project named officially as the Adidas x Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Collection. Inspired by the Holi Festival, otherwise known as the Indian Festival of Colors, the collection is comprised of bright and colorful (and white, or blank canvas) footwear and apparel.

Included in this collection is the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC or Blank Canvas.” Released ahead of the other items in the entirety of the collection, it first dropped on February 23, 2018, as part of the Blank Canvas” pack along with other apparel and footwear such as the Tennis Hu PK and an all-white Stan Smith in Primeknit. The Blank Canvas” pack was the first installment in the three-part series of the Holi-inspired collection. The Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC features a combination of white and cream colors, the signature lacing system, and a Boost sole with outdoor trail elements.

Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC Style

The Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC is a stand out in the entire Pharrell Williams’ Hu Holi collection of footwear for the Three Stripes. Staying true to its Blank Canvas” name, it features a clean silhouette with white and cream tones that gives out minimal aesthetics that quickly grab the attention of every sneaker enthusiast.

The Adidas NMD has already left its mark on the sneaker market, and the addition of Pharrell's creativity on this already established silhouette makes the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC even way better. Its minimal design combined with clean colors only equates to a sneaker that is easy to wear and easy to style regardless of age or gender. Its simplicity is the core that gives the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC its character.

Fit & Sizing

The Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC shoe is a running-inspired lifestyle sneaker with a two-piece Primeknit upper that conforms to the feet for a sock-like, comfortable fit. It has a slip-on, bootie construction for easy on/off wear. The upper material and the low-cut profile of this shoe also allow flexible foot movement, while responsive cushioning is offered through the Boost midsole.

This Pharrell Williams NMD edition is available in men’s sizing, which ranges from 6 to 11 in D Standard width. It fits true to size for the majority of purchasers, but there are some reports on its fit being a bit on the wide size because of the Primeknit upper.

Notable Features

The Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD Blank Canvas is one proof that simple and minimal could also mean stylish. Boasting a silhouette inspired by the popular Adidas NMD shoe, this special iteration features a different variation of Primeknit on the upper, which is a bit thicker and sturdier than the regular. The Boost midsole also received an update with an all-white NMD Trail outsole for added traction.

Another notable feature is the embroidered wordings on the top part of both shoes. On the right shoe is the English word "WORLD," while on the left shoe is a Hindi word that means EQUALITY” in English.

Additional Info

  • This shoe also comes with extra set of cream-colored laces. Also featured is Pharrell NMD’s signature TPU midfoot cage which doubles as eyelets for the rope laces.
  • On the heel part is an overlay of white leather instead of the regular pull tab. The white leather displays different branding for each shoe in a pair. The Adidas Trefoil logo is displayed on the heel of the right shoe in contrasting black color, while on the left shoe is Pharrell William’s logo.
  • The sockliner bears reflexology-designed prints.
  • There is also the NMD signature molded EVA midsole plugs.