While fashion sneakers tend to focus on styling more than technical performance, we imagine advanced shoe technologies should make them more comfortable to use in everyday settings. That’s what the three-striped lifestyle outfit is counting on with the new Adidas NMD, a streetwear sneaker that takes advantage of the athletic brand’s latest performance tech.
Combining tech from both Boost and Primeknit, the newest silhouette should make daily use a more comfortable affair, all while being perfectly suited for pairing with the regular ensembles in your streetwear rotation. Sure, it’s probably not best to don this when hitting the gym or shooting hoops, but for the numerous walking, running, and pacing somewhere-in-between that people do every day, it should do the trick.
The Adidas NMD combines a full-length, angled Boost sole and a Primeknit upper, with hard panels on the midsole and heel that harken to 80s-era design elements. Apparently, those aren’t just cosmetic, either, as they serve as blocking elements, with the mid-sole providing support for the Boost foam and those on the upper providing a structure to the sock-like Primeknit, making up for the lack of lining and reinforcements in the shoe. Unlike 80s shoes, though, it’s totally lightweight, making for a sneaker that should wear as comfortably as any modern footwear, signature throwback elements notwithstanding. Features include EVA stability plugs, full grain leather heel tab, and high-grip webbed rubber outsoles.
Available now, the Adidas NMD Runner Primeknit is priced at $170.