Today we got a performance review on the adidas NMD City Sock from “GUM PACK”. This sneaker speaks for itself, so just sit back and enjoy.
By the way, BOOST is life…
Technologies: BOOST, Primeknit, EVA midsole plugs
Type: Mid Top
Fit: Half A Size Down
Retail Price: $180
BD Rating: 8,5/10
The whole one-piece upper is made out of Primeknit which is hands down the greatest adidas brand’s knit technology famous for its incredible flexibility, crazy softness and lightweight properties. As you can see, the pattering features two tone shrug outline divided into five sections, it’s like masterpiece on a shoe.
At the toe box area the lines run horizontally while a mid-foot piece is running vertically. Now, near the section lines there run diagonally and, finally, we got a sock liner. This incredible technology allows Primeknit material to stretch directionally and create the best possible fit. Also, it acts like a design element which adds more complexity to the overall look of the sneaker since they do not feature a lacing system.
Just like its name the NMD City Sock fits exactly like a sock – superior one-to-one fit, flexibility & overall comfort is totally out of the charts, I’m telling you. That custom fit is something else, no other sneaker offers such as comfort feel like NMD CS does.
No doubt, the NMD CS features most famous BOOST cushion setup. However, NMD sneakers don’t offer the same soft and bouncy ride that other BOOST models tend to offer. That’s because this BOOST midsole is constrained by the molded EVA midsole plugs in mid foot and heel areas. These plugs add some extra support but decrease that awesome cloud like feel.
Still, I was able to receive huge amount of impact protection and bounciness from this setup. If you’re not comparing these with UltraBOOST then cushion is still top notch.
I’m pretty sure that not everyone is a fan of the UltraBOOST’s cushioning for its INCREDIBLE softness. If that’s a case, then the NMD CS is more suitable for your personal taste, in terms of stiffer midsole and more stability underneath.
I’ll be short on this because there’s nothing to really talk about since this sneaker isn’t a performance model.
We have a traditional style rubber outsole found on every NMD model. Although, this time the CS rocks these sexy gum bottoms – so so beautiful. In my opinion, gum outsoles add some flavor to the sneaker since they are in all white colorway.
Traction pattern gets the job done well, no complains about that. At some surfaces I found them squeaky a little bit, but I like that. Now, the main concern is probably durability – the CS’s outsole is quite thin so after a while it can wear down, especially the heel area. However, after wearing them for a few weeks, I didn’t notice any wear down signs. So maybe it’s not that bad.
By far the most important aspect of the shoe
As I mentioned earlier, this model does not have a lacing system – you can’t tight them or loosen them up whenever you prefer. So, it all comes down to the right size.
For wide footers I highly recommend going true to size. The toe area of the shoe runs narrow to hug your foot tightly so it won’t slip off. Yes, they’re going to fit you bit too narrow at first, but after a short break-in time you’re going to love them as much as I do.
Now for regular/narrow footers I recommend going ½ down since the Primeknit does get loose the more you wear them.
The NMD CS’s comfort level is literally out of this world, I’m not joking. If you want to experience something spectacular and extra ordinary then these are your go to sneakers. Personally, I think that the City Sock beats the UltraBOOST in fit department.
Like previous models, adidas kept the supportive backing on the inside heel area which acts like an internal heel counter. This plastic heel overlay adds more structure to the back and prevents from heel slippage.
Also, these EVA plugs placed on the lateral side of the shoe offer a stable base while letting BOOST does its job – very simplistic setup but for a lifestyle sneaker you really can’t ask for more.
Both NMD City Sock and adidas UltraBOOST are priced at $180, so it really depends on your preferences. Comfort wise, out of all adidas latest sneakers the NMD CS is my got model – seamless one-to-one fit, crazy flexibility, no laces and it’s super easy to put them on. Also, with this unique design you’re going to stand out from the crowd.
However, BOOST wise it’s actually lackluster if you’re seeking the same bouncy and squishy feeling that the UltraBOOST is able to offer you. Although, I’m still satisfied with the performance that the CS gave in cushion department – enjoyable bouncy ride, solid impact protection and more supportive midsole then on other adidas sneakers with BOOST.
Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun reviewing this shoe due its unique design & features – it’s always nice to spice thing up a little bit. If you have spare money to spend then I suggest you give them a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the adidas NMD City Sock “GUM PACK”.
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