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ADIDAS NMD XR1 (Duck Camo)

Designed to be ‘lifestyle sneakers’, XR1’s pays homage to archival adidas shoes like the Micro Pacer, the Rising Star and the Boston Super.

 

The unique sock-like upper of the Originals NMD has been upgraded with the mid foot support of a moulded TPU cage.

 

The NMD XR1s are light, durable and comfortable with the prime knit upper feeling more like a sock than a shoe and the cage providing support when needed without adding significant weight. 

 XR1 VS R1?

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The original Adidas NMD R1 was first released in 2015 to much hype. It was a low-top sneaker that features Prime Knit mesh, or neoprene upper above a Boost sole.

 

The silhouette of the two sneakers is very similar, however the tongue on the XR1 comes up a bit higher and the overall shape on the XR1 is a little more streamlined. 

The NMD R1 has a soft mesh upper with a padded heel area whereas on the XR1, the entire upper is prime knit, which is really soft, but not as padded. The most obvious change from the XR1 to the R1 however, is the cage, which provides added stability and prevents laces bunching. 

 

The NMD had a plastic-like, firm heel counter while the NMD XR1 has a softer, more malleable faux suade counter. 

XR1 vs Boost

If this is your first pair of Adidas Boost, then you will likely be pleasantly surprised. They are essentially designed to be as comfortable as wearing socks with the sock-like upper hugging your ankle for a streamlined fit. 

 

If you previously owned the Ultra Boost or the pure boost, you may be a little disappointed with the level of comfort. Just like the models mentioned it has a full-length boost midsole, but it feels slightly muted in comparison. 

Verdict

Being lifestyle sneakers, Adidas clearly intended XR1s to be a versatile show that is as happy at the gym or on the track as it is on the street, paired with streetwear.

 

People have commented that this shoe is a highly effective running shoe due to its stability, boost sole and lightweight materials. As a gym shoe it will perform admirably but may not have the cushioning or springiness of some other Adidas Boost sneakers. 

Because the XR1 is designed to fit like socks, sizing is very important. Unlike the original Adidas NMD R1s, which are true to size, Adidas NMD XR1s run a little small. A half size down is never a bad idea. All in all Adidas succeeded in creating a lifestyle shoe that is versatile enough for the gym or the street.

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