Size and fit

The Primeknit upper hugs the foot like a sock with adaptive support and extra light comfort. Its upper is designed to stretch and conform to the unique shape of the wearer’s foot. A heel pull tab also helps a lot for donning each pair of the Adidas NMD_R2 on feet as it allows for swift on and off. 

A lace-up system at the front of the Adidas Originals design also secures the thinly padded tongue in some versions while a sock-like collar is present in other versions.

Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit Style

The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit has an advanced design that connects the past to the future. It is a combination of streetwise aesthetic and the latest technologies by the German footwear giant. The sneaker shows the evolution in sneaker innovation as it features the full-length Boost cushioning which returns the energy put in by the wearer.

The upper has an improved fit through the Adidas Primeknit material. It’s a top design created using the Shadow Knit method which makes an impressive color-shift effect. The signature 3-stripes logo found on the medial and lateral sides establishes its Adidas roots.

Styling the fashionable Adidas NMD_R2 on feet for men is an effortless endeavor. The sock-like fit of the collar makes it ideal to wear them without socks or with no-show socks. Men may opt to wear these kicks with ankle pants, denim joggers, or comfortable walking shorts to highlight the Primeknit upper’s design.

Women may opt to style the Adidas NMD_R2 sneaker with skinny ankle pants, leggings, joggers, and shorts for a sporty look. Feminine colors like bright pink and core red are also great options for women wanting more vibrant tones in their footwear.

Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit shoes are often a sneaker of choice during the summer months due to the breathable knit material used in the upper. The sock-like fit in the collar also allows for not wearing socks that adds extra heat at the feet. The modern design of the NMD_R2 Primeknit kicks will also enable wearers to experiment on their looks as its fashionable looks adhere to the growing athleisure trend.

Notable Features

The wearers of the Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit sneakers were impressed by the comfort given by these shoes. The relative comfort is achieved by the Primeknit material atop the Adidas Boost midsole. Primeknit is a futuristic upper material that fuses a one-piece upper by knitting fabric throughout the shoe. The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit shoe promises more support and a better fit as fibers are melted to create a fuse-like texture and lace them in areas where support is needed. The material is also extremely lightweight, flexible, and breathable.

The Adidas Boost has been a running-shoe inspired technology that provides excellent energy return. As a result, no energy is wasted on every step. The upper gives the foot a lightweight feel while delivering amazing cushioning especially at the heel of the Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit. The removal of the rubber plugs on the lateral side, retaining only the lateral plug makes for a cleaner silhouette.

Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit History

The Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit originates from the original Adidas NMD sneaker which launched in 2015. The style was inspired by three shoes from the Adidas archives: the Boston Super, Micro Pacer, and Rising Star. As a result, the shoe has both a familiar and futuristic appeal.

The creation of the NMD was led by Nic Galway, Vice President of Global Design for Adidas Originals. In creating the shoe, the Adidas veteran designer wanted to make this silhouette recognizable even from a distance. The designer also made sure that every part has a function. If one component is removed, the shoe will not function properly. The Lego-like block may seem like it’s just for the NMD aesthetic, but in reality, it supports the Boost foam. The NMD silhouette doesn’t have reinforcements, so it’s the elements of the upper that give structure to the shoe.

This revolutionary silhouette was the most talked-about in Adidas history. It was released in various colorways, and further models were issued based on the Adidas Originals silhouette. Its extreme popularity made people think that it will end up like the Adidas ZX Flux—a model that became too common until people don’t want to talk about it anymore.

  NMD retail success

The Adidas NMD sneakers followed a different path regarding sales compared to the widespread but then common ZX Flux. People were excited about the shoe after every release. The Adidas NMD was sold out by the time it reached the shelves even without a celebrity endorsement to hype and boost its release. Its resale value increased exponentially. The original NMD model is sold for more than a thousand dollars at some point with some resellers jacking up prices for unique colorways and collaborations every time it gets released.

When the Adidas NMD sneaker was launched in December 2015, it became an instant hit among sneakerheads wanting a modern lifestyle shoe that is comfortable and tech-laden. Another critical reason for the NMD’s success is the extensive release of various colorways allowing wearers to cop several pairs of the same model.

The name NMD came from the word “nomads” or a group of people that frequently travels from one place to another. As nomads roam from one area to another, they only bring the essentials to continue their worry-free wandering. This same philosophy is what the Adidas NMD sneaker is all about with the design of the upper and sole stripped to its bare essentials to come up with a lightweight and comfortable footwear.

Another factor pointed out by footwear retailers, and shoe fanatics is the Adidas NMD’s use of the already successful Boost technology. While other designs like the Energy Boost, Yeezy Boost 350, and Ultraboost were already available, for many sneaker fans, there is still no reason not to cop the NMD’s superior Boost cushioning.

The NMD_R2 silhouette came a year after the NMD R1 was unveiled to the public. This second edition was released in December 2016 and launched in olive and black colorways at an SRP of 170 USD. The second Adidas NMD version had a few minor design updates to improve the bestselling sneaker’s overall look and feel. Adidas Originals designers removed the NMD plugs on the lateral side and only retained the rear bumper plugs in the medial side.

The first unveiling of the Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit silhouette was at Pitti Uomo in June 2016. White Mountaineering (a Tokyo-based outdoor label) and Adidas held a collaborative runway show to showcase the new NMD look. The Japanese company also used the silhouette for their collaboration with the footwear giant.

While not as popular as the elder NMD, the Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit shoe design received a lot of rave reviews from sneaker fans wanting a sleek and minimalist kick. Other critics, meanwhile, thumbed down the design particularly with its upper Primeknit material where some instances of tearing were noted.

Since its December 2016 release, the Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit sneaker has been given several makeovers the following year with fresh colorways and knit patterns. Among the bestselling pairs were the triple white, clean white, core black, and core red colorways as it is not difficult to pull off regarding style.

Vancouver-based fashion label wings+horns came out in April 2017 with collaboration on the NMD_R2 Primeknit sneaker silhouette with unique ventilation and a light grey Primeknit upper material. Regarding redesigning the Primeknit upper for, the Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit women’s sneaker was also dropped with hexagonal knit patterns in light pink and black hues. Size?, a UK footwear and clothing retailer, and Henry Poole, a well-known tailor company, also collaborated with Adidas using the R2 silhouette.

Adidas NMD_R2 Primeknit for men and women were also released in black and pink colorways in the favorite Japan Pack. Other colorways of the women’s AdidasNMD_R2 Primeknit were also released as part of the Japan Pack which includes olive and white colorways. Japanese characters are printed in the lateral side stripes for extra detailing. The colors of the Japan Pack are executed in hues of pink, white, olive, and black reminiscent of the spring and summer months in time for its seasonal release.

Additional Info

  • The upper is made of leather and textile.
  • Its inner lining is made of textile.
  • The outsole is made of rubber.
  • The signature NMD pull tab is found at the heel part.
  • It has an NMD aesthetic with its molded EVA midsole plug seen on the medial side.
  • It features a man-made suede sockliner.
  • The Adidas Originals pair has a premium nubuck heel patch.
  • Its upper has an engineered graphic pattern.
  • The NMD_R2 still has some designs from its predecessor. One difference is the Lego-like blocks were replaced with one ergonomically-shaped block. It is also sleeker than the former silhouette.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.