Facts

  • Top
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $240
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Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD looks got the most thumbs up from reviewers who liked the overall aesthetics of the shoe. They described the shoe as “lit,” “dope cop,” and “clean looking.”
  • The shoe’s comfort level was commended by many users who said the shoe felt just as good on the feet as the Yeezy 350 Boost.
  • Several people remarked that the shoe’s upper looks more like a mesh than Primeknit but they liked the fact that it felt soft and stretchy. They also approved of the very thick fabric which they said felt like Adidas doubled up on the material.
  • The available colorways of the NMD Human Race got a lot of mentions from purchasers who said the colors looked bright and “sick.”
  • Some consumers cited the shoe’s quality as premium.
  • The shoe has a creative and unique lacing system that a few customers praised as incredible. One of them commented that the shoe had a messy type of lace look reminiscent of the Yeezy’s.
  • A buyer was pleased to note that the Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD held its shape nicely even when not worn.
  • The shoe goes great with casual wear but can easily be styled up, one individual observed.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD runs big according to many. They suggest going down a half size if you want a snug fit otherwise stay true to size if you have wide feet.
  • The place where the ankle sits feels a bit tight according to a few reviewers.
  • The shoe doesn’t feel secure enough, some users noted.
  • Like other NMD shoes, the NMD Human Race doesn’t contain removable insoles which testers observed would have made the shoe so much better.

Bottom line

The NMD Human Race shoe lives up to the Adidas’ tradition of comfort and quality and Pharrell Williams’ sense of style. It does, however, run big like most NMD models but this is easily solved by going down a half size.

Rankings

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Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD History

Popular songwriter, rapper, singer, and film and record producer Pharrell Williams has been into designing since 2005. In 2014, he signed a long-term partnership deal with Adidas. Two years later, Adidas and Pharrell came out with the “Hu” line. The Hu is supposed to stand for the human element in the periodic table as well as for the word “hue” to denote people of different skin colors.

The Hu or Human Race line is mostly inspired by the culture of the Native Americans in North Dakota, specifically the MHA Nation. The main theme of the collection is about people from all walks of life and culture coming together and understanding each other.

The first 2016 release featured a vibrant yellow colorway with the words ‘Human’ on the right foot and ‘Race’ on the left in black. This silhouette was built based on the NMD model and had the same NMD sole. It also had a very thick Primeknit upper and a unique lacing system.  A second wave debuted in September with five shades this time: green, scarlet, tangerine, black, and blue. Words such as “Species,” “Hu,” “Being,” “Human,” “Race,” and “Man” in either a black or white color can be seen on the upper.

A very limited edition also came out and was not sold in retail stores.  It was a strictly Friends and Family iteration. The shoe was in magenta and had Chinese characters written on the upper which translated to Human Race.

Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD Style

With the vibrant colors of the Human Race NMD, there is no further need for brightly hued clothes when the focus should be on the shoe. Pair them up with ripped jeans or yoga pants and a shirt in a low-key shade, and you’re good to go.

Fit & Sizing

The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD is a unisex shoe. Sizes available are in men’s sizes only which range from 4 to 13, with half sizes offered. Adding 1.5 to the men’s size will give you the respective women’s size. For example, a 4.5 men’s is equal to 6 in women’s.

Notable Features

The NMD Human Race low top shoe features Boost cushioning which gives the wearer a responsive ride. It also features a Primeknit upper for a sock-like fit that adapts to the wearer’s foot along with a distinctive lacing system and side cage.

Additional Info

  • The heel tab contains Pharrell’s equal sign on the left and a rainbow-colored Trefoil logo on the right.