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8 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. 
  • Its bold and creative design is getting rave reviews from many sneaker fans who say it is one of the “hottest cops ever.” 
  • The quality of the shoe from Adidas is cited by numerous testers as “incredible.” 
  • Various reviewers like the exclusivity of the shoe because they do not like seeing the same footwear on everyone’s feet.
  • Several consumers call the Human Race NMD TR shoe a unique and “very different kind of sneaker.” 
  • A number of purchasers have related that they are pleased with the funky and vibrant color scheme of the low-top shoe. 
  • The Pharrell Williams X Adidas Human Race NMD TR sneaker is exceptionally versatile, others have noted.
  • The lockdown on the shoe feels more secure than other NMD shoes, reports one buyer.

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 is a bit pricey, some say.

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. It’s nothing less than you’d expect from a Pharrell collab

Take the shoe walking or hiking because the trail outsole is grippy enough for many kinds of activities, and the versatile design can be paired with any outfit. The shoe can be pricey, but it’s worth every cent spent.

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Good to know

The Human Race NMD TR low top is a unisex shoe with an unusual lacing system. It contains TPU cages with several slots for the footwear’s round laces to go through. The upper is made of a one-piece knit material for a snug fit.

The new trail soles add a bit of weight to the shoe, but not too much as to be an encumbrance. The grippy sawteeth of the soles are designed to give a good grip, so it’s possible to take these on light hiking trips with you. 

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.

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

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 inspired by Dow Chemical’s advertising promotion where human (Hu) is depicted as the missing element in the periodic table.  However, the acronym really stands for Health Ultimatum, according to Pharrell.

  Design inspiration, colorways, and iterations

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).

  • The Human Race NMD TR model’s first four colorways are: noble ink, turquoise, core black, and pale nude
  • It 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.


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