ARTICLE BY Minh Vuong
adidas NMD_R1 PK GZ0066
adidas NMD_R1 PK GZ0066
adidas NMD_R1 PK GZ0066

Does This adidas NMD_R1 PK Look Familiar?
Release: 11 March 2021

With the increasing frequency of retros, reissues and bringbacks, it certainly does feel like sneakerheads are going through Groundhog Day again and again. The fact that adidas are releasing the NMD_R1 PK in a very familiar black, blue and red colourway will make it even harder to tell whether this is real life or just a sneaker simulation. Fact of the matter is, this is yet another release of the launch NMD colourway in its short six-year history.

Thankfully, there are some minor changes that distinguish this release from the 2015 OG. Primeknit has been a staple of adidas upper tech since 2012, so they’ve drawn on their extensive knowledge of the woven material to optimise it for this NMD. Where previous editions relied on welded reinforcements to the eyestays and vamp seams, this release appears to simply use traditional stitching and blank eyelets, which suggests the new fabric is sturdy enough. The stitched detail is used to form stripe branding too, replacing the aforementioned welded type.

The NMD BOOST midsole and outsole has been pretty much unchanged since its inception – a testament to its enduring design. As such, it probably makes sense that adidas would bring back the contrast red and blue blocks too: this is the OG NMD colourway and arguably the most resonant GR edition (even if they were near-impossible to easily cop back in the day).

These days getting the W should be a bit easier when they release again on March 11 – but don’t get cocky and leave it too late.

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