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.
Made from the good old and reliable rubber, the outsole is very similar in the style and in the design with the NMD R1. The outsole is clean, white and minimalistic, and that’s outstanding both from an aesthetic standpoint and from practical. It has a slight elevation as the outsole progresses towards the heel area, and because it’s made out of real rubber it has great flexibility, bounce, and response. Oh and a very lightweight feeling. And you better believe that feeling will remain the same and will never change. It will remain the same until the end of the day, as it was at the very beginning when you first put the R2 on.
Of course, the famous Boost technology was used in the making of the midsole and it was a winning move yet again. Why? Well, although originally reserved for a running style of sneakers, since the implementation of this technology (back in 2013 Adidas) started using in a lifestyle sneakers as well. And the R2 is the perfect fit for the Boost technology. It offers fantastic and well-balanced shock
absorption to the entire foot and at the same time is responsible for the bouncy energetic feeling and the energy return. It brings back the energy that you give and returns it directly to your feet. However there’s one distinct addition to the midsole (compared to the previous R1 model), and that’s the addition of the special plug in the midsole. It’s made out of molded and highly resistant EVA material and it’s placed on the medial side of the foot. It gives not only a great NMD aesthetic to the entire construction, but according to the Adidas’s website, it’s inserted to provide a better balance as well.
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.
Would you look at that upper? It’s so sleek and amazing. With very little seems on the surface, the upper actually appears to be almost sock-like in shape and style. It’s clean, devoid from any embellishments, just with the trefoil logo (synonymous to the Adidas Originals
) sitting on the top of the tongue. But in the rest of the upper, a simplistic shoe structure was made possible thanks to the special circular knit. It not only looks bad-ass, but it also gives the R2 their heavy dose of breathability. The synthetic knit also helps tremendously with the fit and the flexibility, but more on that a bit later in this review. Although the majority of the upper consists out of synthetic knit material, there is an inkling of leather in the back. That’s right. The back of the upper just above the heel area has an insert that’s made out of EVA material, and an interesting pull tab runs down in the middle of it.
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.
Don’t underestimate the power of the Boost. Seriously. The Boost technology is most commonly used in the Adidas’s performance shoes, but over here in the Original’s R2 the Company made a fantastic exception.
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.
The outsole is a fantastic provider of support. But over here, the support comes from the most unexpected places as well. Like the plug in the midsole. It’s focused on the middle area, and it keeps the support and balance
in check, but there isn’t much support in the ankle area. Since this is a knit style upper with sock-like construction. The ankle area is not strong, and firm enough to give you the support that you need.
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.
Having a knit
structure in the upper is not the best option for a durable and resistant sneaker (well, not compared to the leather option) but this is durable enough for a lifestyle type of sneaker. The knitted upper feels lightweight, and the sheer lightness of the material adapts easily to the motion of the foot when it’s moving. This prevents both blistering, and potential damage to the upper. Since the upper is not that rigid, the movement comes with a little bit of ease and that enhances the durability and longevity.
The EVA plug in the midsole really does wonders here in the stability department. By offering the balance, the location of the plug allows the stability to be pronounced and the balance to occur as a result of that stability. Adidas choose to put the EVA
plug in the medial side, and with that, the stability increased. Yes, you can rest assured that the stability from the midsole will be there, but judging from the knitted upper, you can’t really expect the stability from that area as well. The upper is not strong, dexterous and firm enough to handle this particular task, and the sheer nature of the material used in the upper won’t allow the stability to occur in this area.
But you know what will happen and in copious amounts? The airflow. Seriously. And you can thank the upper for that. The upper has this circular motion knit pattern that allows the air to penetrate in and out of the structure, thus leaving your feet well aerated, well ventilated and odor-free. Oh and the stretchy feeling that you’ll get with all that airflow is awesome too. It’s what knitted upper do. They provide excellent airflow along with the stretch
and flexibility. Take into consideration the power of the synthetic sock liner and you have moisture-wicking properties that are off the charts.
In most of the cases, the outsole will have some indentations. All ranging in shapes and sizes, the indentations are the ones that actually keep you safe and secured from falling on your bum. The traction that they offer is essential, but in R2’s case, it’s not a matter of indentation. The almost entire outsole is crafted in a way that those ridges look more like cutouts. The almost part describes the toe and heel area of the outsole that doesn’t have the aforementioned cutouts. So different areas of the outsole have different patterns and cutout styles that provide different types of traction. The toes and heel are often more susceptible to slipping and understandably those areas of the outsole have different traction patterns. That's what happens when design meets practicality.
Understandably the fit is adequate in the ankle area of the R2. This is an upper with sock-like construction, it’s made out of knitted synthetic material and it’s basically seamless. Yes, you can expect the fit to be quite good in that particular area, but the same cannot be said about the toe area. The fit isn’t quite up to standard in the toe area, and several of the customer complaints were directed at that. Most of the complaints were directed at the toe area, deeming it too narrow and pointy, with barely any room for the toes to move freely. The fit is a mixed bag here. While it’s quite good in the ankle area, it’s not that impressive in the toe area.
You’re in luck. The R2 comes in over 20 separate color options and patterns. And while in most of those options, the colors are monochromatic and uniform, there are some pairs where you can see a mix of colors. In some of them, the very familiar three stripes (Adidas’s logo) blends easily with the color used in the upper, and in some cases, it differs from the background. But don’t you worry. The variety is plentiful here, and all you have to do is pick the right one.
This is an awesome purchase. Regardless if you choose the R2 for your weekly trips to the gym or for your casual walk in the park, the pair won’t fail you. With great flexibility, durability and with fantastic color options this is a stylish sneaker worthy of owning in your shoe closet.