And for the three stripes, that’s saying something.
The Adidas NMD is the brand’s most buzzy line of lifestyle sneakers not called Yeezys, which is part of the reason the NMD earned a spot at number two on our list of the “8 Most Popular Sneakers of Summer 2017.” The NMD family comes in many forms, from the original NMD R1 to Pharrell’s hippie-tinged NMD Hu series. But the City Sock, which first debuted in 2016, pushes the NMD’s futuristic vibes to Jetsons levels. The laceless design still delivers convenience and comfort, but now is turning into a full-on maximalist canvas, thanks to a new leopard-print Primeknit upper and rusty orange details.
In addition to the patterned upper, these new Adidas NMD City Sock 2 sneakers feature horizontal stitching where laces would be on more prehistoric kicks—a wink at the way sneakers used to look before Adidas booted them into the 22nd century. The Texas Longhorns–ish burnt orange color pops up on the NMD’s signature molded supports on the midsole—but is more a complement to the white/black scheme than an ill-considered design flourish. And if you think the leopard print is just for show, well, okay, it is—but it’s also weirder and cooler than it seems. Thanks to what Adidas calls its “Shadow Knit” technique, as the shoe turns, it changes how dark or light the leopard print appears. Think of the print less like a leopard than as a robot leopard from the future built to camouflage itself between city buildings. Appropriate, really, for the shoe we reach for when we’re feeling futuristic.
We’ve written at length about Adidas’s Boost cushioning system (quick refresher: we love it). And there may be no shoe in the Adidas family that has more Boost-per-sneaker than the City Sock 2. The Boost sole is over an inch thick at the heel of the shoe and tapers off toward the toe box; combined with the City Sock 2’s wide base, the result is a sneaker that feels more like a springy mattress. It’s no surprise, then, that most editions of the City Sock have been hard to scoop up, and why many of the styles are currently selling for $400+ at Flight Club. Luckily, this version of the City Sock 2 is still available for purchase (for now). Grab a pair and stride, ultra-cushioned step after ultra-cushioned step, into the future.
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