The second edition of the Adidas NMD, the R2, features some minor changes, new colorways, and comes in two unique styles. Similar to the R1, the R2 features a sock-like slip-on upper with a Primeknit fabric. Like its predecessor, the R2 features ultra-comfy Boost cushioning and combines fashion and comfort.
The shoe, designed with the nomadic urban dweller in mind, works for all types of activities. These activities include running, walking, and heading out to dinner with friends. If the style is important to you, the R2 is a shoe just as attractive as the original NMD and equally comfortable. Keep reading to find out about how Adidas has updated the popular sneaker and whether the shoe is worth purchasing.
Keep reading our in-depth Adidas NMD R2 review to find out if it is worth the investment.
Reviewers had no problems or complaints about the outsole.
One significant difference since the R1 is that the Adidas NMD R2 features only one midsole block component. Instead of a group of blocks surrounding the midsole, the updated version of the shoe features a single large boulder in the midfoot area. One block, instead of several, means a slighter lighter package overall without reducing stability.
While reviewers appreciated that the Adidas NMD R2 provided the same degree of stability as the R1, quite several users complained about the midsole block piece causing discomfort due to its placement. At the rear of the Adidas NMD R2, the midsole Boost cushioning flares out slightly for an extra degree of stability.
The lacing system is mostly the same, but Adidas has removed the plastic eyelets, which has added a little more flexibility. Suede lines the interior of the shoe for a bit of luxurious comfort. The top features slightly larger overlays, but other than that, it identical.
Reviewers found the Adidas NMD R2 just as breathable as before. Instead of complaints pointing to an oversized fit, most reviewers found the Adidas shoe too narrow. Reviewers also disliked the fact that the sneaker seemed to get dirty quite quickly.
More like a sock than a heavy shoe, the Adidas NMD R2 is ultra-breathable, but the low weight doesn't mean the shoe is poorly made or cheap-feeling. Adidas has truly engineered a shoe that toes the fine line between ultra-light and ultra-flimsy.
Compared to the R1, this new edition features a paired down midsole block design. Instead of multiple blocks lining the midsole, a single block offers support and stability. It has helped the shoe shed a bit of weight.
There's enough wiggle room for air to move in and out of the shoe and fresh users down. The suede interior seems like it might be a poor choice for breathability, but if reviews are any indication, that's not the case.
No matter the activity, the shoe delivers a comfortable, responsive ride. Thin enough to feel almost ghostly, the Adidas NMD R2 fits just right. The suede interior feels nice and soft, too.
The sizing, instead of being too large like with the R1, seems to be the opposite this time around. Reviewers complained of a very narrow fit, although the stretchy upper is reasonably forgiving.
The biggest comfort-related complaint? The new single midsole block. Several reviewers complained that it seemed to protrude and deliver a weird sensation inside the shoe.
For some, it even caused blisters. Reviewers also felt the midfoot lacked arch support. For some, this was a deal breaker.
The shoe's upper overlays have also increased slightly in size, but overall, the look is pretty much the same. Adidas has kept the same classic styling as the R1 and simply introduced new colorways for the R2. The shoe is offered is a variety of patterns and colors for both men and women.
The same Boost cushioning appears in the midsole and sports an equally eternally springy feel. The midsole's block component, although paired down in this version, helps provide overall structure to the entire shoe. The outsole, also identical to the last version, remains resistant, as well.
Reviewers of the Adidas NMD R2 were just as pleased with the cushioning in the updated version of the shoe as they were with the R1 which is not as surprising since the midsole is essentially the same.
The Primeknit upper also delivers a similarly supportive feel as in the R1. Despite its ultra-lightweight feel, the knit material provides a secure fit with a bit of stretch for added comfort.
Compared to the R1, however, the Adidas NMD R2 is not as roomy as its predecessor and instead has the opposite problem. While it ensures a more supportive feel, quite a few reviewers felt the need to size up for a comfortable fit.
On pavement, the shoe holds up well. The airy Primeknit performs well on sunny hot days and keeps wearers fresh.
The shoe's midsole block also helps keep wearers stable. Despite the change from multiple midsole blocks to one, the shoe feels as durable as before, according to reviewers. The Adidas NMD R2 also features a flared out midsole construction at the rear of the shoe, which helps to increase stability, as well.
- NEW midsole block (from multiple to a single large block)
- NEW slightly bigger overlays
- NEW plastic lacing eyelets have been removed
- Primeknit upper
- Boost midsole cushioning
- Rubber outsole
- Suede sock liner
The Boost cushioning isn't just responsive; it offers up protection, too. A slightly tighter fit than the R1 means the shoe offers more support and stability. The Adidas NMD R2 is similarly durable, compared to its previous edition and just as lightweight and breathable.
A few quick fixes make the Adidas brand shoe likely to be a surefire hit. Add to that a slew of colorful new styles ready to appeal to the masses, and it's clear Adidas has hit a home run.