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10 reasons to buy

  • The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD TR is a very comfortable shoe according to most people who’ve tried it on. They added that the Boost sole feels good on the feet along with the Primeknit upper.
  • The shoe’s bold and creative design got rave reviews from many sneaker fans who said it was one of the “hottest cops ever.” They also used words such as “fly,” “lit,” and “fresh” to describe the shoe along with “neck breaker”—because people have to turn their heads to look at the shoe.
  • The quality of the shoe was cited by numerous testers as “incredible.” They noted that the Adidas footwear used solid and premium materials through and through and that the attention to detail was exquisite.
  • Various reviewers liked the exclusivity of the shoe. They added that they did not like seeing the same footwear on everyone’s feet.
  • Several consumers called the Human Race NMD TR shoe unique and a “very different kind of sneaker.” They specifically mentioned the shoe’s lacing system as innovative.
  • A number of purchasers related that they were pleased with the funky and vibrant color scheme of the low top shoe. They also pointed out that Core Black colorway could be worn with anything.
  • The shoe’s price is not exactly affordable, but for a few purchasers, it was worth every penny because the footwear gave such good value for money.
  • The Pharrell Williams X Adidas Human Race NMD TR is exceptionally versatile. Some customers say the shoe can be dressed up or down and used for walking, climbing, hiking, hanging out, or doing gym activities.
  • The lockdown on the shoe feels more secure than other NMD shoes, reported one buyer.
  • One individual liked the new trail outsole on the shoe which he believes gives the shoe a better grip.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to many buyers, the Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD TR feels heavy and clunky because of the new rubber trail outsole.
  • The low top shoe runs big for several buyers who noted that they needed to go a size down. One customer complained about the sizing on the Adidas Boost shoes and wished Adidas would create uniformity across the range.

Bottom line

The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD TR is a premium shoe that has that enviable combination of exclusivity, comfort, quality, and style. The shoe is flexible regarding use with that grippy outsole that makes it ideal for a number of activities. Buyers just need to take note that NMD shoes generally run big and going down a half to a full size lower than your standard size is recommended.


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Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD TR History

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 taken from Dow Chemical’s advertising promotion where human (Hu) is depicted as the missing element in the periodic table. 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).

Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD TR Style

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.

Fit & Sizing

The Human Race NMD TR low top is a unisex shoe. The sizes available are in men’s sizes that range from 6 to 13. There is about 1.5 size difference between men’s and women’s sizes so a size 6 in men’s would be equivalent to a 7.5 in women’s.

Notable Features

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, a unique Pharrell Williams graphics-designed insole, and the new grippy trail rubber outsole.

Additional Info

  • The Human Race NMD TR model is available in four colorways: Noble Ink, Turquoise, Core Black, and Pale Nude
  • The shoe 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.