Size and fit

The upper of the low-top NMD_R1 Adidas is made of stretch mesh that is super flexible and perfectly molds to the entire foot providing maximum support and comfort to the wearers. The lace-up closure, meanwhile, offers a snug fit. It is looped on the TPU eyelets which also functions as a support for a secure fit. It has the iconic NMD heel pull tab to aid wearers in putting on this pair.

In addition, the collar has no significant amount of cushioning to retain the slim profile of this Adidas Originals pair. The sole is made of Boost technology that gives a comfortable and ultra-responsive cushioning. The Adidas NMD_R1 is offered in men's and women's sizing.

Adidas NMD_R1 Style

When the NMD_R1 was first released in the retail, it was advertised as the shoe for the urban nomads. The modern style of the NMD_R1 is fit for people who cruise around the cities that need better cushioning and support and at the same time being stylish. The stability plugs found in the midsole are a refreshing addition to the white Boost. This element serves as a support to the Boost midsole to increase the level of comfort for all-day use.

Many users like the versatility of the NMD_R1 which makes this a suitable sneaker from running errands to light training. They can practically pair this with any outfit, be it old worn-out jeans or skinny track pants or just any casual pair of shorts.

Here are some of the most popular colorways of the NMD_R1 that Adidas offers in the market that buyers can select from to suit their preferences:

  Adidas NMD_R1 pink

This Adidas NMD for women R1 displays a combination of pink and core black on its knit upper added with a cloud white Boost midsole.

  Adidas NMD_R1 maroon

Another women-exclusive Adidas NMD R1, this time it is made of maroon knit upper with light pink midsole plug and heel pull tab on top of a white Boost midsole.

  Adidas NMD_R1 olive green

This monochromatic green upper is contrasted with ice purple on the iconic 3-Stripe logo and Adidas branding on the tongue.

  Adidas NMD_R1 raw pink

This colorway was introduced in 2016. These women's Adidas NMD_R1 casual shoes exhibit tonal raw pink on its knit upper on top of a white Boost outsole.

  Adidas NMD_R1 solar red

Also known as the triple red, the all-red look of this sneaker gives a two-toned, bright red effect on its upper resting on top of a red Boost midsole.

  Adidas NMD_ grey glitch camo

This pair was introduced in 2017. It exhibits a knit upper printed with a Glitch pattern with white 3-Stripes branding and Boost midsole.

  Adidas NMD_R1 all black

The stretchy mesh upper of this unisex sneaker is dipped in black hue added with carbon grey midsole plug and white Boost cushioning.

  Adidas NMD_R1 vapour pink

Wholly offered for the ladies, this sneaker is covered with a stretchy mesh upper in pink finished off with a bouncy white Boost midsole and black outsole that is accented with a light grey midsole plug.

  Adidas NMD_R1 tan

This colorway bears resemblance to the vapour grey NMD_R1 and displays a full beige mesh upper added with a dark tan 3-Stripe logo on the side and the white Boost midsole.

  Adidas NMD_R1 core black

The two-toned black mesh upper with black overlays, laces, and rubber outsole give stylish flair while the white Boost midsole adds contrast.

  Adidas NMD_R1 white

The cloud-white stretchy mesh upper and white Boost midsole give a clean and crisp appeal while the light grey midsole plug and the black rubber outsole add contrasting design to the all-white upper.

Notable Features

One iconic feature of the Adidas NMD _R1 casual shoes are the lego-like blocks found in the Boost midsole. Adidas calls these the stability plugs which provide support in the Boost foam. The EVA stability plug that is found on the rear is a tad bigger than the one found on the front area. This striking feature adds aesthetic value to the entirety of the NMD_R1.

Another striking feature is the pull-loop found on the heel which was supported by the rubber heel counter. The pull loop has “The brand with the Three Stripes” printed on it. This feature became one of the iconic features of the NMD line.

Adidas NMD_R1 History

Nic Galway, one of Adidas’ veteran designers, conceptualized footwear that can be worn not for any specific sport, but just for daily wear on the streets. He wanted to create a shoe that is discernible even from afar with its unique profile.

Galway unearthed some designs from Adidas’ archive and incorporated simplicity and functionality into it. NMD was heavily inspired by retro sneakers such as the Micro Pacer, Rising Star, and the Boston Super.

In 2015, they launched the NMD, which in turn became a sensational Adidas line. NMD stands for Nomad, a member of a community who constantly moves from one place to another. That is basically the vision of Galway, for his shoe to be worn by people who are in constant travel. He wanted his shoe to fit the nomadic lifestyle, which is a life without boundaries. He thought of creating footwear that people can bring anywhere and do anything without the feeling of lugging something along.

The lightness and the comfort that the NMD deliver makes it one of the sought-after pairs in today’s generation. Many people resell their NMDs in as high as $1000 US. To date, the market sales of the NMD sneakers are not slowing down, and Adidas keeps on introducing newer versions every season.

Adidas released the NMD_R1, also known as Adidas NMD Runner, as their first model under the NMD line. The design was inspired by several running shoes and tweaked them to fit the urban lifestyle. The Boost sole technology was used for an ultimate comfortable underfoot experience. The Boost cushioning also provides endless energy return with every stride. The upper of the NMD_R1 is exceptionally soft which embraces the foot entirely and snugly for total comfort.

Although patterned from a running shoe, the Adidas Originals NMD_R1 is not suitable for long-distance running and was specifically designed for urban cruising. The NMD_R1 will always be outstanding in comfort but not in performance.

Because of this pair's popularity, Three Stripes unveiled various variations of the NMD_R1 in the market and here are a few of them:

  Adidas NMD_R1 Japan Boost

Released exclusively in Japan, this NMD version displays hints of Japanese touches, such as minimalist look with Japanese characters on its midsole plug. This model was launched in versions - the Adidas NMD_R1 in triple black and the Adidas NMD_R1 in triple white.

  Adidas NMD_R1 Primeknit

This sleeker and more streamlined version of the Adidas NMD_R1 features the advanced knit tech called Primeknit boosting this iteration's overall comfort level and style. Despite the slightly pricey range of this NMD_R1 PK model, many still recommended this for its durability, comfort, and chicness.

  Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit

Introduced in 2017, this low-top Adidas NMD sneaker displayed most of the details of its ancestor but designed to be more friendly to wearers who are always on-the-go. The sock-like construction of the Primeknit upper hugs the feet comfortably added with ultra bouncy and responsive Boost midsole.

  Sought-after Collaborations

Because of the trendy and versatile aesthetics of the NMD_R1 model, it has been used by various brands and retailers as their base model. Here are some of the latest collaborations:

  Adidas NMD_R1 x Bedwin & The Heartbreakers

After the Adidas Stan Smith and Adidas Superstar, Japanese brand Bedwin and the Heartbreakers collaborated with Three Stripes to come up with their version of the Adidas NMD_R1 in grey. This sneaker displays a pinstriped grey upper added with unique stitching on the 3-Stripe logo. Meanwhile, the brand name is printed on its white heel pull tab to add character.

  Adidas NMD_R1 x Gucci

This partnership launched a version of the Adidas NMD_R1 exclusive for women. It has a low-top profile with the mesh upper added with signature Gucci colors and the double G branding. Unlike the other Gucci kicks, this shoe is relatively affordable yet stylish as compared to the other luxurious Gucci kicks.

  Adidas NMD_R1 x Atmos    

Adding another pair to their roster of sneakers born from their partnership with Adidas, atmos and Adidas launched the Adidas NMD_R1 in black and white. The predominantly black mesh upper is added with white 3-Stripes seated on top of a white Boost midsole. Adding to the style is the Adidas typescript on the upper with few printed words about Adidas in different languages.

Nice to know


  • The rubber outsole of the Adidas NMD_R1 sneaker has numerous holes that allow the Boost to move freely for the best energy return. The rubber outsole provides plenty of grippy traction with each step.
  • The NMD_R1 sits atop the revolutionary Boost technology which is said to be the most responsive cushioning of Adidas. It provides an unlimited supply of speedy energy.
  • Adidas has finally taken steps to end plastic waste and this can be seen with the release of the sustainable version of the NMD_R1. 20% of the pieces of this version's upper are made of at least 50% recycled material.



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