I had a different reaction than most the first time I saw the adidas NMD. Most within the sneaker culture loved the shoe. Adored it. I didn’t. It was a unique lifestyle look that featured an almost Lego-like quality to it. But as with all things ahead of their time, I eventually got hip to adidas‘ game.
And now? This is one of my favorite new silhouettes and one of the shoes I’m most excited about in 2016.
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The NMD began as an updated take on three classic shoes: the Micro Pacer (1984), the Rising Star (1985), and the Boston Super (1986). All three pushed the envelope stylistically and the NMD used this history as a starting point. From there, designer Nic Galway gave the old technology a modern twist with a Boost midsole and a Primeknit upper. In that way, Galway turned the NMD into somewhat of a cousin of many of the other sneakers he has designed, including the Pure Boost, Tubular, Qasa Racer, and Yeezy Boost.
This shoe is a perfect example of how adidas Originals is killing the game right now. The NMD is here to promote an on-the-go lifestyle. It’s built for someone who has a lot going on in their life while featuring a definitive lifestyle look. Within hours of its unveiling, you could tell by reactions that it was going to be a key lifestyle sneaker for the spring season and beyond.
The only initial problem? It was often hard to get. People loved it too much.
Available now at Champs Sports are a few new colorways for the adidas NMD. With so many of the original runs selling out almost immediately, this is sort of a first chance for sneakerheads to actually cop the colorways that they want.
Get in on the action with this unique lifestyle silhouette.