Adidas NMD XR1

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Although Nike is the king of footwear fashion, Adidas comes in at a very close second. They’ve been around the block for long enough to build up quite a reputation and were once the face of urban hip-hop culture thanks to their iconic tracksuit design. With such an impressive pedigree, it should come as no surprise that their NME XR1 is a beautifully designed shoe that attracted the love of sneaker-heads across the world. However, this shoe isn’t all style with no substance; thanks to the use of Primeknit for the upper and a TPU midfoot cage, these are the perfect set of kicks for getting some serious running done.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Sock-like internal feel
  • Fantastic breathability through the upper
  • Added stability in the midfoot
  • Lightweight and comfortable construction
  • Extremely fashionable with multiple color schemes
Cons
  • True size can be too large for a tight fit
  • Less durability on the outsole and upper
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Positive
  • This shoe does qualify as Great quality and very lightweight the whole shoe is comfortable, I run around 15 miles each week and find these to be good, nice breathing for my feet and the cushioning seems good.
  • What I like about this shoe is an all round high steady performer, the shoe is versatile and I use it for roads and trails, the cushion is supportive and the shoe lets the feet breath, very good stability and nice grippy sole.
  • Really Nice shoe, a simple style, not too flashy, comfortable during my regular 3 mile runs and I’m impressed at how featherweight these shoe feel.
  • I love these they are Extremely light and super comfortable. Far lighter than excepted. And my running pace has now quickened These breathe very well on hot sunny afternoons and no sweaty feet
  • Bothered to go down by half a size or the shoes will be way to bigger. I took a size 8 and found the fit to be spot on and perfect, great cushion in the shoe very comfortable.
  • When I got the shoe it was true to size and they are so light weight I feels like I’m jogging on clouds. And my feet stay super dry because in these they can breath.
  • Super comfortable, truly lightweight, and nice to show off while running. If you are hunting for your very first NMD’s these will be perfect for your feet.
  • This really feels like an Amazing shoe! Fit to exact size, and super cushion comfort while looking so trendy
  • Excellent, top stars and well justified, these are very comfortable! I’m sure I will Will buy them again in some other color
  • I checked both shoes carefully completely finding no bad flaws, at all.btw, but the tongue is just plastic its not leather. I am totally satisfied with my shoes, excellent protection and comfort so I'm going to order another pair after these
  • What an Awesome Shoe, just performs so great! Nothing about this shoe gets a thumbs down from me because this shoe works and performs perfectly.
  • My husband says they are the best and most comfortable pair of shoes he's ever used. Even much more better than the good Roshes.
  • I love the look because these are real style, the fit is exact, the cushion is great while the ventilation is really impressive, no jolts due to good shock absorption
  • These shoes look good and feel good. They fit as expected I love the upmarket modern style.
Negative
  • These are gummy bear shoes, soft, not firm, the material is squishy and there feels like not enough support, when I put down my foot I feel it easily role to the side, not comfortable at all.
  • I’m not happy about the durability by three weeks the shoe sole is drifting because the glue is not holding it while both shoes have lost the flimsy pull tabs.
  • My husband loved these until 3 weeks in of running the sole is already showing signs of coming adrift from the shoe, this is a seriously bad durability problem.
  • I’m comfortable enough strolling in these shoes but while running I just don’t like the sensation that my feet roll to one side and I think that this could cause me bad foot problems
  • Wow I found messy glue stains on the boost blocks and even on the prime net, I have a feeling these are fake and advise buyers to carefully check shoes when they get them.
  • I found the fit too large and even worse because the shoes are stretchy, there is evidence of glue being used and I can see the shoe will start falling apart, very disappointed with these shoe, won’t ever buy them again, they feel so fake.
  • Considering how much I paid the shoes feel to wide for my feet even though my size is usually easy for shoes, while I run I get this sideways sensation of my feet rolling outwards and this is not acceptable for a pair of shoes which cost a lot.
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Of the 680 reviews we found in total, 16% were negative, and 84% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

A bouncy rubber material is used for the outsole of the Adidas NMD XR1. This is different from the common practice of using outsole material that is harder and more capable of withstanding abrasion. While this does mean that the general durability of these shoes takes a hit, it comes with the benefit of much greater responsiveness and a lighter stride. Depending on the specific color scheme chosen, this outsole can come in a variety of different colors. It stands out from the rest of the shoe, and from most other running shoes on the market for that matter, by featuring a style that comprises hexagonal dimples.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Bits of the midsole can be seen on the underside of these Adidas shoes due to the numerous holes in its design. While this may cause some customers to be concerned as to whether it will last as long as other running shoes with more protection on the underfoot, these concerns are mitigated by Adidas’ design. This aspect of their NMD XR1 shoe is more traditional than others, being made from the commonplace compressed EVA foam. The reason for this material’s popularity is the fact that it can provide a fantastic amount of support, durability, and responsiveness at a low cost and lightweight. For a running shoe like this, the use of EVA is a no-brainer.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Adidas has begun implementing a new form of material for their upper portion that sacrifices durability for a more lightweight and breathable design. This knit fabric construction is known as Primeknit and is very similar in design to Nike’s Flyknit line of running shoes. Thanks to this specific design decision, the NMD XR1 is able to contribute stability from its upper by providing a conforming fit to the wearer’s upper foot. However, in order to get the most out of this benefit, it may be required to order a half size lower than your true size, since these shoes have a tendency to run a bit larger than average.
Weight
Weight

Weight

It is unclear what the average weight is for a pair of the Adidas NMD XR1. However, based on the material used in its construction and the numerous design quirks that are immediately noticeable, an educated guess would place it less than 9 ounces. The reason for this lighter weight can predominantly be found on the upper portion of these shoes, thanks to the use of Primeknit material which is significantly lighter than the common synthetics used by other running shoe manufacturers. However, the use of a more transparent and bouncy rubber on the outsoles of these shoes also causes them to weigh less than the average runner.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

These running shoes have less of a need for high breathability from the get-go, thanks to their lighter than average weight, but they still feature a fantastic degree of airflow up top. This is the primary benefit of its Primeknit upper, which uses a knit pattern for its fabric that allows for airflow throughout the interior, maintaining a comfortable internal temperature. As a result of these implemented design features, these Adidas running shoes can be comfortably worn for extended periods of time in even the warmest running environments.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Some aspects of these shoes are more comfortable than others. One section that is perhaps the most comfortable is the midsole with its compressed EVA foam cushioning. This soft yet dense foot cradle ensures excellent protection from harsh terrain while also allowing for enough flexibility to avoid feeling uncomfortably rigid. Another area of this Adidas running shoe that provides comfort is its upper; the use of Primeknit fabric for the top portion ensures a snug fit while also providing fantastic ventilation for the NMD XR1’s interior. Unfortunately, the use of less resilient outsole material and some awkward sizing discrepancies throw off the final product’s cumulative comfort level.
Style
Style

Style

This is the single most enticing aspect of these Adidas running shoes. Although this company is known for playing second fiddle to Nike, the NMD XR1 take the gold in terms of aesthetic appeal. This seamless blend of futuristic design elements with traditional sneaker trappings simply cannot be found anywhere else. With a variety of different color schemes available to choose from, some with extremely limited releases, it should come as no surprise that these runners are so popular among collectors, resellers, and sneakerheads all around the world.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This is perhaps the least enticing aspect of the Adidas NMD XR1. In the pursuit of a lightweight and extremely fashionable running shoe, Adidas cut several corners in the durability department. The implementation of Primeknit material for the upper in lieu of traditional foam and synthetic-based designs is forgivable since many other brands of running shoes have taken a similar approach. However, the use of less durable outsole material, and in a flimsier design for that matter, is much less forgivable for serious runners. Because of this design aspect, individuals accusing these shoes of providing form over function have a point.
Protection
Protection

Protection

To be fair, the entirety of the wearer’s foot is covered by this shoe, offering the bare minimum when it comes to protection. If this shoe is ordered in a winter style with the higher collar, even the wearer’s ankle is provided with a line of defense from the elements. Additionally, the midsole having been made from high-quality compressed EVA foam means that the wearer’s underfoot will have some protection from repetitive stress during their run. However, the use of extremely thin material for both the upper and outsole of these shoes means that the NMD XR1 is not a viable pick for runners interested in a protective ride.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

While there are some aspects of these Adidas running shoes that can detract from the running experience, one aspect of the NMD XR1 that doesn’t is its ability to respond to the runner’s input. Thanks to a very lightweight design and a comfortably snug knit fabric upper, little is present in this shoe’s construction that would impede its responsiveness. In particular, the EVA midsole of this shoe is the one part that contributes the most to this design aspect. Because of this particular strong point, it seems that these running shoes work best in shorter running sessions with a focus on speed work, such as high-intensity interval training sessions.
Support
Support

Support

As one may expect from a shoe that uses compressed EVA foam in the construction of its midsole, there is a decent amount of support present in the Adidas NMD XR1’s underfoot. This is fairly common among running shoes and thus should come as no surprise. Something that is a bit more surprising about this shoe’s support is the implementation of a midfoot cage. Made of lightweight TPU material, this helps to provide additional support to the medial and lateral sides of the wearer’s upper foot that may have otherwise been lost due to the Primeknit construction. A small window has been added to the lateral sides of this cage in order to promote breathability at the same time.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Unfortunately, this is not a shoe that offers a great deal of versatility when it comes to running environments and terrain compatibility. A lighter, thinner, and less resilient outsole is the primary reason for this limited functionality, although the light and thin upper doesn’t do the NMD XR1 any favors either. However, this shoe’s outsole is the most damning feature and is what limits these shoes to casual environments such as a sidewalk or field. Thanks to a highly responsive and supportive midsole, these shoes can still perform to a decent degree on a track; however, any rougher paths or trails are completely out of the question.
Price
Price

Price

When this running shoe was first announced, the hype for its design and style was uncontainable. As a result, certain styles sold out very quickly after launch and were resold through third parties for drastically inflated prices. Fortunately, the market has stabilized since that point and these Adidas runners have a much more reasonable price tag. Although some special colors and styles will still have absurdly high price tags attached to them, the majority of color offerings and sizes will be within the same range of cost. The closest comparison to the NMD XR1’s price would be a decent trail running shoe or another high-profile fashion sneaker.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction isn’t one of this running shoe’s strong points. There has been some effort placed in the design of the NMD XR1’s outsole that could provide a modicum of grip on some surfaces, but the manner in which it was implemented is counterintuitive. Rather than implementing the common design technique of adding additional material to the outsole in the form of treading or cleat-like lugs, Adidas instead selectively removed outsole material to create hexagonal trenches. While this can provide some extra grip on a runner’s underfoot, the downside is a drastically reduced durability.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Thanks to the numerous design decisions made by Adidas in the pursuit of delivering a lightweight running shoe, a high amount of flexibility is present in the NMD XR1’s design. This is most noticeable due to the highly pliable upper portion which is made from a knit fabric referred to as Primeknit. Unfortunately, the high flexibility of this shoe’s design is not balanced out with a similar degree of stability, due in large part to the flimsier outsole.
Stability
Stability

Stability

As previously mentioned, these running shoes from Adidas are flexible to such an extreme degree that their overall stability takes a major hit. Fortunately, there are still some aspects of the NMD XR1’s design that can add some much-needed stability. One method is to order these shoes in a half size smaller so as to ensure a more snug fit. Since a few reviewers have stated these shoes felt a bit too roomy in their true size, this is a great way to increased the level of control while they are worn. Aside from this, a solid midfoot cage and compressed EVA midsole save these shoes from feeling completely out of control.
Drop
Drop

Drop

There doesn’t seem to be any official documentation regarding the heel drop of these Adidas shoes. It’s a bit tough to make a visual approximation as well since the thinner design of the NMD XR1 causes it to curve slightly. However, a close guess would put it on the higher end of the spectrum, in line with the common design practice found in running shoes with similar design features. The reason for additional heel cushioning and diminished forefoot cushioning is to ensure protection for the wearer’s heel from repetitive ground striking while also ensuring a solid grip on their running surfaces through their toes.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features


  • Thinner outsole made from rubber contains several hexagonal trenches

  • Highly compressed EVA foam midsole with a significant heel drop

  • Primeknit fabric upper offers a snug and breathable fit

  • TPU midfoot cage offsets lack of upper stability

  • Major emphasis on fashion drives up value

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Although there are some nagging issues with these running shoes, the vast majority of individuals interested in purchasing them don’t care about how well they perform on the track. The NMD XR1 is a status symbol first, a fashion statement second, and a running shoe third.