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The high-top 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.

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.

The Adidas NMD_XR1 Winter has a thick mesh upper that shelters the feet from the cold temperature. The dual-layer of mesh on the forefoot and a single layer of it that go up to its extended cleatie collar keep heat from escaping out of the shoe. The upper can repel light drops of water as it utilizes a closely knitted mesh which is different from the soft, modern version proprietary Adidas technology called the Primeknit.

Overall, its style, resembling the Adidas Tubular Doom, provides a contemporary look and a much toned- down design than thickly layered winter cleats. It works well with joggers and under cuffed pants. It insulates the feet during fall, autumn, and winter months yet its rubbery outsole offers traction only on non-snowy, non-slushy, or non-icy grounds.

Its contemporary style is the highlight of this cleatie constructed, winterized NMD. Adidas had done a winter version of the NMD when it released the NMD_R1 Wool Heel in olive. But it is the first time for Adidas to came out with a high-sock collar for an NMD_XR1 almost identical to the Adidas Tubular Doom. The mesh cover of the high-top NMD_XR1 Winter is not the typical soft woven version seen in earlier types of the NMD or those iterations with Primeknit.

This winterized design used a roller knit upper, ribbed collar, and welded seams to trap the heat inside the shoe keeping the feet well insulated under cold weather. The usual TPU rib caging is replaced by a premium leather midfoot shoelace system. It has a water repellant finish that allows users to stay stylish during non-snowy winter. And just like any NMD, this version has the much-favored Boost foam midsole that offers comfort to the feet.

Adidas topped the sneaker listings when it dropped a revolutionary and urban street appropriate release, the NMD in December 2015. The initial NMD offering made of a black upper, white sole with blue and red plugs immediately changed the landscape for the Three-Stripe brand as this model instantly captured the hearts of sneaker loving generation.

The NMD, which is short for “nomad” is built as an urban streetwear sneaker, designed for the traveling feet. Its winning asset lies on the full-length cushioning underneath the feet. Called the Boost feature, this innovative cushioning technology is marveled for its super bouncy feel.

Others describe it as if having the feeling of walking on clouds. Visually, this support unit looks like tiny marshmallows melded together. On a broader spectrum, it puts significant relief off the feet due to its ability to disperse impact on a wide area.

  The NMD variations

The positive response on the NMD_R1 OG pushed the brand to come up with a series of upper modifications to suit the varying needs of consumers. Among the variations produced by Adidas are the clean and laceless City Sock (CS) with Primeknit upper; the cageless midfoot Runner (R); and the technical runner-inspired trail (XR) shoe with a rib shoelace cage on the quarter.

The brand also came up with designs suitable for the colder seasons. The NMD R1 series received a winter-ready variety named the Adidas NMD_R1 Wool Heel. Its upper is made of conventional knit mesh with a wool fabric on the rear end. Not too long later, the Three Stripes unveiled the Adidas NMD_XR1 Winter in gray colorway made with an extended cleatie collar, mesh upper, and welded seams to keep feet insulated during the cold seasons.

Along with six other Adidas Originals under the bright scarlet/ shock purple pack specially made for 2017 Winter, the Three Stripes label dropped a flashy and attention-grabbing version of the NMD_XR1 Winter. Like other silhouettes under this identically colored collection, the winterized XR1 has breathable membranes and sock-like upper construction.

  • The Boost technology is a midsole construction made of foam pellets compressed together. 
  • The high-top NMD_XR1 Winter utilizes a skinny pair of rope laces that match with its overall color scheme.
  • The dark hits on the laces are 3M Reflective which offers a surprising pop to the sneaker in the dark.
  • The heel tab is made of buttery suede.
  • Inside the shoe is a thin layer of OrthoLite sockliner which keeps the feet dry and fresh inside this tight-fitting environment.
  • An inner heel counter creates additional support and stability to the shoe.
  • It has the same thin rubber outsole seen in traditional NMDs with a tread pattern that increases its traction on flat surfaces.
  • The original NMD was formulated by Nic Galway, a veteran at Adidas. He is instrumental in the development of the Yeezy Boost along with Kanye West.


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