Adidas NMD_R2 Review
Before we dive into the NMD style shoes by Adidas, let’s first point out that this is a model that comes from the Original series. An Adidas created a subsidiary that specifically creates and manufactures casual sportswear with a retro-inspired feel and looks. All of the Original vintage inspired models have a distinct nod to the past. More specifically to the decades ranging from the 1940s all the way up to the 1980s.
But what does NMD stands for exactly? Well according to Adidas it’s an acronym that means Nomad and it basically describes the modern consumers. We’re all urban nomads, living in the big city jungles. R2 edition is the R1’s follow up, and with some changes (both in the style and in the design) offers an improvement on the beloved classic.
And although this is classified as a lifestyle type of sneaker, Adidas promotes their versatility so much so that some of the customers have used the pair in their weekly gym sessions. So, not only that R2 works great on the streets, but it also works great on the treadmill at the gym.
Hope you’ll like this review and the NMD R2 sneakers.
Midsole plug made from EVA foam
Sock liner made out of suede
Heel patch made out of leather
Boost type of cushioning
Too narrow fit in the toe area
There's a huge change in the use and design of the plug of course. And you can tell just by looking at it,
The R2 offers a single big plug, as opposed to the R1's multiple plugs placed on multiple locations (in the midsole). Those plugs in the previous model were so dominantly featured that they admittedly looked bold, in your face but a bit stuffing in the overall design. Here in the R2, only one big construction is placed on only one location (on the medial side), and that’s pretty much it. It’s quite the significant change but sadly not a change that was welcomed with open arms by all of the customers. According to the official Adidas website, half of the customers had complaints about the position and the size of that one plug. The one side of the comments praised the plug and its size and agreed that it provided a great deal of balance. However, there were a significant amount of customers that had issues with the size and positioning of the plug. They felt that it was too big, which made the midsole very uncomfortable.
And last but certainly not least, the sock liner is truly worthy of mention. Made out of synthetic suede material, the sock liner is made out of a synthetic type of suede. It holds the moisture out of your feet and is responsible for keeping your feet not just dry all day long, but also odor free.
And when we say interesting… we do mean interesting. That pull that isn’t just your regular pull tab made out of durable and very practical synthetic material. The Nomad name is branded on the pull-tab strip in four different languages. Just like any good nomad would do. Would use the different language to get around more easily. But that’s more cosmetics. And so is the graphic used in the upper’s surface. It has a white noise type of graphic, and it’s used all over the upper’s surface in order to provide uniform, classic style without way too much visual distraction. It looks sleek and awesome and. But at the very end of the upper’s description, it’s very hard not to take notice of the lacing system. It’s quite similar to the predecessor’s classic and very stylish lacing system, but in this particular model, the eyelets were removed altogether. In some of the color options, the shoelaces are circular, and in some are a bit more flat but they’re very fitting and becoming of the clean and stylish upper.
The midsole that features Boost technology is a great source of comfort, and according to some of the accounts so is the plug in the midsole. Yes, granted some of the customers disliked the sole plug in the midsole (as opposed to the multiple plugs in the previous series), but those of them who did, stated that it gave a great balance as well.
Yes, the upper’s knit construction is there to give you all kinds of benefits (aeration and flexibility being the top two), but sadly the support is not to be expected here.