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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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- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

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Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

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The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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.


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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.