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  • 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
    $240
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The Human Race NMD TR low top is a unisex shoe with an unusual lacing system. It contains TPU cages with several slots for the footwear’s round laces to go through. The upper is made of a one-piece knit material for a snug fit.

The new trail soles add a bit of weight to the shoe, but not too much as to be an encumbrance. The grippy sawteeth of the soles are designed to give a good grip, so it’s possible to take these on light hiking trips with you. 

Three of the Human Race NMD TR colorways are vibrant enough to catch attention. Wear them with understated or muted colors so the focus will be on your footwear. Black jeans will show off the colors very well. For the black colorway, blue jeans will work. Feel free to add a bright jacket or shirt to top it off.

The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD TR features a Primeknit upper which provides the wearer with ultralight comfort and adaptive support. The low top footwear also has Boost cushioning for superior energy return, a unique Pharrell Williams graphics-designed insole, and the new grippy trail rubber outsole.

Well-known singer, record, and film producer, rapper, and songwriter Pharrell Williams first branched into designing with Japanese brand, Nigo, in 2005. After that, it was a series of ventures after ventures until he signed on for a long-term partnership with Adidas in 2014.

In 2016, Pharell and Adidas came out with the line “Hu.” The Hu is inspired by Dow Chemical’s advertising promotion where human (Hu) is depicted as the missing element in the periodic table.  However, the acronym really stands for Health Ultimatum, according to Pharrell.

  Design inspiration, colorways, and iterations

The Adidas x Pharrell shoe collection’s theme is about people from all walks of life coming together to understand each other and is mainly inspired by Native American culture, specifically the MHA Nation in North Dakota.

The first release was in a yellow colorway and was only available in selected retailers. The succeeding release was in September and contained five NMD shoes in black, green, scarlet, sharp blue, and tangerine. It had a thick Primeknit upper, 3M laces, and a unique lacing system. Words such as “Hu,” “Race,” “Human,” and “Species” were stitched on the shoe’s upper depending on the colorway. The collection was limited and sold out fast.

In November 2017, another Human Race wave was released. It had much of the same details of the first Hu collection, but this time, the shoe was given trail functionality and now sported a grippy rubber outsole underneath the Boost cushioning. This newer collection was named the Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD TR (Trail).

  • The Human Race NMD TR model’s first four colorways are: noble ink, turquoise, core black, and pale nude
  • It has an internal toe cap to give it a unique shape.
  • The right heel tab features the Trefoil logo while the left shows Pharrell’s equal sign.

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