ARTICLE BY Ross Dwyer
adidas NMD_R3
adidas NMD_R3
adidas NMD_R3
adidas NMD_R3
adidas NMD_R3

adidas Reveal the NMD_R3
Release: 31 January 2022

Style Code: GX5784

Since adidas introduced the NMD line back in 2015, it's lived many lives. The debut NMD_R1 caught the hype-fuelled wave of adidas' partnership with Kanye West and became one of the year's most valuable shoes before settling in as a staple adidas Originals silhouette, Pharrell has added his own Hu NMD twist to the model dozens of times since first working on it in 2016, and it's been used for experiments like the laceless CS silhouette. Now, seven years into the game, the NMD line is entering another new chapter with the debut of the NMD_R3.

The first colourway to appear is 'Utility Green/Legend Ink/Gold Metallic,' a mostly dark palette with some vivid hits that add technical style. Uppers offer an NMD R_1-adjacent shape, but swap out the original's Primeknit or mesh construction in favour of a stretchy TPE knit that's made of at least 50 per cent recycled material. There's a reinforced toebox plus thickly-stitched midfoot seams, and the full-length BOOST midsole is partially encased in a translucent shell with coloured hits that nod to the OG NMD's midsole blocks.

Currently, this NMD_R3 is loaded onto adidas Australia's web store with a scheduled release date of January 31. When a new model appears on a single country-specific website, it's often an accidental early upload, so although this NMD_R3 states it's dropping in the coming days, it may well be releasing later in the year. OG-inspired black/blue/red and white/blue/red pairs have also been loaded onto StockX, though no real info surrounding their retail release has surfaced. Be sure to keep it locked here for updates!

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