adidas Originals NMD_R1 Spectoo Is a Futuristic, Data-Inspired Rework of the New-Classic

adidas Originals‘ NMD_R1 is now five years old, and in that time it has appeared in dozens of iterations, styles, colorways, and collaborative makeovers. Now, the sportswear giant has updated the silhouette once again, debuting the NMD_R1 Spectoo.

Served in its inaugural colorway of “Footwear White/Solar Red/Shock Blue” — itself an ode to the original Primeknit NMDs — adidas Originals has looked to the future for the design of this pair. Inspired by the never-ending loop of data transfer, this pair is aimed to transport us to a virtual world, and does so with a host of technical elements.

Sheer Primeknit has been used on the side panels, with the lateral sporting a logo reading “NMD:ATA FLOW” and the medial showcasing a barcode alongside adidas Originals’ Herzogenaurach HQ address. This is accompanied by “Solar Red” details reading off numbers on the medial rear-quarter and front-quarter, with the latter slightly entering the NMD_R1 Spectoo’s more technical territory.

The toe box, vamp, and tongue section is made from a flexible neoprene-like fabric that’s welded tight with “Shock Blue” taping on the seams of the eyestay placket, while more “NMD:ATA” branding appears on the new tongue tab. Sheer plastic has been used on the branded heel tabs and the heel components such as the cup and pull tag, while the BOOST sole unit is served in white alongside “Shock Blue” and “Solar Red”-detailed midsole plugs. Rounding out the pair is its semi-translucent outsole.

Take a look at the adidas Originals NMD_R1 Spectoo in “Footwear White/Solar Red/Shock Blue” above. The pair is available at atmos Tokyo now for ¥17,600 JPY (approx. $169 USD) while stocks last.

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