To be sure, adidas has seen nothing but wild success from their NMD line. With that being said, the model does come with its flaws. The NMD is the perfect answer to your footwear needs for the warmer months. The light and airy Primeknit is breathable enough to provide ample ventilation. But, there was the issue of durability and protection through slightly harsher months. What was a woven upper supposed to do against icy rain and snow? As it turns out, the answer to that question comes in the form of the adidas NMD_CS1 Gore-Tex Primeknit.
As far as design goes, the brand could not have gone with a more appropriate build for this model. The NMD_CS1 was a smash hit when it first dropped, managing to somehow add to the sharp profile of the OG NMD. The one-piece, laceless build provided a one-to-one fit and was the perfect answer to a consumer base that starved for minimalism. In that light, this latest NMD_CS1’s protective layer of Gore-Tex is an appropriate choice. The waterproof and weatherproof material is featured here as an inner lining, barely visible to onlookers. Yet, it doesn’t compromise any of its world-beating protection and durability.
The Primeknit upper remains, bearing the City Sock model’s customary design patterns. Additionally, we see the usual thick BOOST midsole, bordered by synthetic tabs for stability. A pull tab at the heel makes this slip-on the perfect grab-and-go sneaker as the months start to get colder.
The NMD_CS1 continues to be a staple in the top 10 lists of many a sneakerhead. Even beyond its heyday, this sneaker is going to go down as one of the symbols of a BOOST-crazed era in footwear. The sharp silhouette seems to take no hit from the utility of a waterproof Gore-Tex. In fact, the extra material appears to only raise the sneaker’s style profile, providing some more label-envy.