Who should buy the Adidas NMD_XR1

This Adidas sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with Boost midsole for energized strides
  • You are after a sneaker with stylish and modern design for everyday style

Adidas NMD_XR1 logo

Size and fit

The Adidas NMD_XR1 has a protective premium leather caging overlay. This leather cage is integrated with the lacing system to provide a secure fit. The XR1 model has a sock-like construction. Thus there is no significant cushioning present in the collar and tongue. The pull-tab is found on the heel to aid the users in wearing this on.

Adidas NMD_XR1 midsole

Meanwhile, the Boost sole of the XR1 is precisely the same as other NMD models. It provides a very comfortable and responsive cushioning to its wearers. The Adidas NMD_XR1 is offered in men’s and women’s sizes. 

Style of the Adidas NMD_XR1

The Adidas NMD_XR1 gives the wearers a modern-day looking shoe with a comfort that is exactly like a sock. The bold street look of the shoe allows this pair to be worn in any casual occasion. This shoe has a breathable and stretchable mesh upper and is lightweight, making this perfect for the all-day wearing.  

Adidas NMD_XR1 laces

Also, the premium leather caging system adds aesthetic beauty and futuristic appeal to this popular silhouette. The modernized tongue is higher than the collar creating an illusion that it is a mid-cut profile. It has a premium leather heel patch and labels on the tongue to maintain its lifestyle theme.

Adidas NMD_XR1 side

Adidas presented several colorways of the Adidas NMD_XR1 in the market. Here are few of the most popular pairs in the market.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 triple grey

This monochromatic sneaker features grey and metallic silver resting atop a white Boost midsole and grippy rubber outsole. The heel counter and the tongue label are in grey leather, and the heel pull tab has the typescript "The Brand with the Three Stripes."

Adidas NMD_XR1 heel

  Adidas NMD_XR1 triple black

This iteration displays monochromatic dark hue from Primeknit upper down to the black rubber outsole. This model also presents a black protective cage, heel leather element, the EVA midsole plug with traces of red found on the heel tab and stitching at the rear end.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 black

This model was launched together with the Adidas NMD_XR1 Navy Blue and Adidas NMX_XR1 Grey in 2017. This model boasts its Primeknit upper with contrasting woven pattern to add texture and unique style. The black colorway comes with the grey caging system while the blue and the grey both come with black caging.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 zebra

This safari-inspired sneaker features unique aesthetics by adding stripes throughout the upper. The black and white fusion seamlessly generated hype for the sneakerheads that will surely elevate their usual casual attire.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 duck camo

Released in 2016, the Duck Camo Pack was introduced in three camouflage colorways - black, white, and green. The upper of these sneakers are printed with soft camo prints contrasted with soft suede tongue and heel patches.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 raw pink

This Adidas NMD_XR1 exclusive for women features the classic look of the NMD_XR1. It showcases grey-based colorway fused with clear Onix and solid grey Primeknit upper. The upper sits atop a white Boost sole and white outsole.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 trace blue and sesame

This tonal sneaker features a blue upper seated atop a white Boost midsole and sesame-colored rubber outsole. This seasonal-colored sneaker is perfect to keep your chilly days warm in style. With this pair's futuristic style, it is easy to strut the cold season in style.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 pink camo

This running sneaker displays camo design throughout the upper resting on top of a pristine white Boost midsole and pink outsole. The print on the upper displays fusion of grey, ice purple, and off white to give an exciting aesthetic to attract more onlookers.

  Adidas NMD_XR1 triple white

This all-white NMD_XR1 presents all shades of white throughout the upper giving a hot, crisp mesh upper with white leather overlay cage. To make it appear cleaner, the brand used the Boost midsole with white EVA plugs.

Adidas NMD_XR1 other side

Styling the Adidas Originals NMD_XR1 sneakers is relatively easy as it displays a versatile look that can match almost any casual attire. Most of the wearers like to pair the NMD_XR1 with joggers and shirt for a clean and sleek style. Dressing up or down with the NMD_XR1 to get a fresh look and loads of comfort is considered a breeze.    

Notable Features

The women’s and men’s Adidas NMD_XR1 Runner casual shoes feature premium leather caging system with perforated side panels over the Boost cushioning. This cage is attached to the lacing system to reinforce the containment and secure fit of the foot.

Adidas NMD_XR1 outsole

The signature feature of the NMD was altered a bit in the XR1. Adidas streamlined the front EVA midsole plug in the NMD_XR1. They used the outline of the plug to replace the chunky plug used in the previous model. However, on the back and the medial area of the shoe, Adidas decided to retain the thick Lego-like plug.

Adidas NMD_XR1 toebox

Another striking feature of the NMD_XR1 is the minor tweak in the pull tab. Adidas decided to weave the heel pull tab through the leather heel counter. This minor change was noticed and loved by many NMD fanatics.

History of the Adidas NMD_XR1

In 2015, Adidas thought of launching a design not specifically for any sport, but just for cruising along the streets. That idea gave rise to the well-celebrated line called the NMD. The first NMD, aptly called the Adidas NMD Runner, was a breakthrough design of Adidas veteran designer Nic Galway who visualized a design that has a unique profile that is very identifiable even from afar.

Adidas NMD_XR1 other side

Galway also wanted to create shoes that every part has a vital function and removing it won’t make things work. He then took inspirations from the archived shoe models of the brand and modernized it. Galway incorporated everything he wanted in a shoe - simplicity, and functionality.  

Adidas NMD_XR1 side toebox

What does NMD stand for? It stands for Nomad, a member of a community that lives in different locations, moving from one place to another. This is the vision of Nic Galway. He wanted his shoe to be worn by people who are in constant travel. They practically constructed a shoe that fits the nomadic lifestyle of this generation - a life without boundaries. By delivering optimum comfort and lightness, the NMD is not far from being the most sought-after choice of footwear by the modern wanderers.

Adidas NMD_XR1 pull tab

Like any other famed shoes, NMD has been resold as much as $1000US. The high demands for this shoe are not due to the people collecting them, but for people who are actually using the sneaker- children, tourists, and workers. The high demand reflects the comfort this shoe delivers to its wearers and how established the association of NMD with the general consumers.

Adidas NMD_XR1 back

The first Adidas Originals NMD that was released was the NMD_R1 in 2015. It was inspired by the running shoe fit for the urban lifestyle. Adidas incorporated the Boost sole technology for the ultimate underfoot comfort and endless energy return with every step. The soft upper of this pair molds entirely to the wearer’s foot and snugly securing it in place.

NMD_R1 was designed for aesthetics and city cruising rather than athletic performance. Although patterned from a running shoe, the R1 is not suitable for long-distance running. This shoe is not designed for sudden changes in foot direction. The NMD_R1 will always be exceptional in comfort but not in the performance.

Adidas Originals just released the tad bit streamlined version of the NMD_R1. The NMD_XR1 was launched in 2016 with an enhanced look, strength, support, and comfort. The street-ready style of the NMD_XR1 successfully combined science and fashion in a piece of innovative footwear.

  Special Editions of the Adidas NMD_XR1

  Adidas NMD_XR1 Winter

The high-top Adidas NMD_XR1 Winter sneaker displays a cleatie construction to give its wearers a sock-like comfort. This model is made of thick knitted mesh on its upper that hugs the feet comfortably and delivers warmth and protection suitable for the colder days.

Aside from insulation, this sneaker has a water-repellent capacity that will keep the feet dry when being used all day. Meanwhile, the high-top sock-like style of this model is reminiscent of the Adidas Tubular Doom, adding more appeal for many fanatics.

Adidas NMD_XR1 back outsole

  Adidas NMD_XR1 Primeknit

Fanatics of Primeknit and Boost will surely enjoy the comfort, lightness, and on-trend look of the NMD_XR1 Primeknit. The minimalist aesthetics with breathable upper and cozy elements make this an outstanding choice for day-long use, especially when exploring cities after cities.

The brand offers this in various colorways in which buyers can choose from, such as Oreo, Olive-Black, Pink Stripe, and many more. This model is best when paired with cuffed jeans to amplify its exposure to the onlookers.  

Adidas NMD_XR1 collar


Additional Info

  • The caging system found in the NMD_XR1 is not only responsible for foot containment but also provides resistance to abrasions.
  • The Boost insole and the cushioning of the NMD_R1 and NMD_XR1 are exactly the same.  They both have the same comfort and feel.
  • The rubber outsole of the R1 and XR1 are precisely similar except for the color. The NMD outsole provides excellent ground traction, but not ideal for foot movements that need sudden changes in direction.
  • The debossed Adidas Trefoil leather branding is woven on the tongue.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Nmd, Adidas Originals, Adidas Boost
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Designed by: Nic Galway
Material: Mesh, Knit, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.