adidas' Latest NMD R1 PK Draws Heavily From Pharrell's First NMD Hu

Since its introduction in 2015, adidas‘ NMD R1 has lived many lives, going from a highly desirable, largely exclusive sneaker to an easily accessable adidas Originals lifestyle favorite. At the time of writing, it’s December 9, 2020 — five years to the day since the NMD debuted via an exclusive launch event in New York City — and for its latest act, the BOOST-bolstered sneaker is seemingly drawing from another modern-day Trefoil classic: Pharrell‘s very first NMD Hu.

Arriving in a familiar “EQT Yellow” colorway, this new NMD boasts a sock-like Primeknit upper, dressed entirely in yellow with hits of black on the heel badge plus the heel and tongue tags. Yellow laces serve up flecked detailing, and the most direct callout to Skateboard P’s inaugural Hu arrives on the toebox via tonal yellow “NMD” embroidery, a cheeky flip of sorts on the OG Hu’s black “Human Race” spellouts. Down below, a full-foot white BOOST midsole with textured and branded black bricks rounds off the look.

The adidas NMD R1 PK “EQT Yellow” is available now via adidas UK, and is priced at £150 GBP (approximately $200 USD). Information on a US release is forthcoming.

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