What happens when you cross an amazing lifestyle brand with the hottest sneaker on the market….a masterpiece. And that’s exactly what happened with the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2. High quality hand-stitched leather combined with an ultra-comfortable boost outsole. Need I say more…
- wings+horns brings it’s unique aesthetic with a solid leather upper, contrasting hand-stitching, and an embossed adidas logo.
- Upgrades from the NMD R1 make the NMD R2 a more comfortable and sleeker sneaker.
- Exclusive collaboration with latest launch set for October 26th, 2017.
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Japanese craftsmanship was a key inspiration for the adidas x wings+horns shoe collaboration and it is apparent in the design. Sporting a clean minimalist look, the shoes pair well with joggers and skinny jeans alike. The contrasting hand-stitching around on the tongue, mid foot, and collar of the shoe demonstrate the thought and care that was put into designing the shoe. Not to mention that the upper is all a single piece of leather. The embossing of the famous trefoil adidas logo on the tongue is a sophisticated, subtle touch. Vancouver’s wings+horns is know for their quality and they definitely let it shine. The attention to details in the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2 is simply astounding.
In shoe collaborations, it’s the little things that make the difference and set the shoe apart from the standard models. Adidas and wings+horns did just that with their NMD R2 sneaker.
The NMD R2 is the follow up to the ever popular adidas NMD R1, and adidas has a couple of tweaks in the sequel. With the NMD R2, adidas has done away with the two EVA plugs on the outsole of shoe, and replaced them with a series of stripes in the boost sole. This creates a much sleeker look and feel to the shoe, which is a solid improvement. Another difference I noticed between the NMD R2 and NMD R1 was the boost sole itself. On the R1, the boost felt a little stiff to me. On the R2, the boost is more akin to the UltraBoost, which is definitely a plus when wearing the shoe for longer periods of time.
The shoes fit true to size and I would not size up or down in these shoes. As I mentioned, the leather that adidas and wings+horns used is very high quality and it has a good effect on the fit of the shoes. It’s both very pliable and conforms to your foot, but at the same time keeps it’s shape over time. The only trouble I’ve had with the shoes is getting them on. Because of the hand stitching around the tongue, it can be a bit tricky the open the shoe wide enough to slip your foot in. Fortunately this is an easy fix, as you can just loosen the laces a bit more when putting them on.
At $190, the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2 is a bit more money than a traditional NMD R2. However, you are getting both amazing craftsmanship and high quality materials in this shoe. So, you could definitely compare these shoes to a Common Projects or Magnanni sneaker, both of which retail for over double that price. I would argue that the NMD R2 is going to be more comfortable than any other leather sneaker you will find, with its boost outsole. In that context, you are definitely getting your money’s worth if you pick up a pair of adidas x wings+horns NMDs.
Now, where can you find these kicks? These shoes originally launched as part of adidas x wings+horns Spring/Summer 17 collection, so they could be a bit difficult to find. Therefore, I would suggest looking at verified and trusted shoe resellers such as Fight Club, Stadium Goods, or Rif LA. In fact, while writing this post, I was able to find these shoe for only $125 at Fight Club. Additionally, don’t be discouraged if you can’t find your size, adidas just announced they are doing a Fall/Winter collaboration that thankfully features another NMD R2! This new collection will launch on October 26, 2017 on adidas.com and select retailers worldwide. In the end, if you want a stylish, well-made, and comfortable sneaker, look no further than the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2.