When adidas’ NMD debuted in 2015, it was the hottest sneaker on the planet. This was a simpler time, when sneakers just had to be fitted with a BOOST sole unit to get people to care. Nearly a decade later, the NMD is more of a fond memory than a heavy hitter, but no one tell NEIGHBORHOOD.
Shin Takizawa, NEIGHBORHOOD’s founder, remains fascinated by the silhouette,
On May 24, he revealed NEIGHBORHOOD and adidas’ latest NMD team-up, presumably rolling out some time in 2023.
This sneaker two-pack comprises both a fairly rote iteration of the comparatively contemporary NMD_S1 NH, stitched with jagged white stripes as NBHD is wont to do, and a borderline insane moc-toed pull-on boot, solely fastened with a magnetic Fidlock buckle.
Takizawa has apparently dubbed this latter version the NMD_S1 NH MODIFIED and, yes, it definitely is modified. And I mean modified in the same way that Dr. Frankenstein modified corpses.
Not to get too morbid here but what a wild way to reinvent a nearly decade-old sneaker! I’m a fan of the ingenuity, if nothing else, and so is Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, going off of Takizawa’s IG comment section.
I’m instantly reminded of Mizuno’s wild Wave Infinity Moc one-off from the aughts, a perfectly imperfect moccasin sneakerboot that was the subject of a Mountain Research collaboration but otherwise received little if any buzz outside of folks fascinated by bizarre sneakers, myself included.
NEIGHBORHOOD’s adidas NMD pull-on boot is more technical, in comparison, what with its high-spec sole unit and fancy magnetic forefoot strap, but you can see the throughlines.
It’s basically just up the NEIGHBORHOOD and
Can’t say they’re my cup of tea, necessarily, but shoes like this are at least something fresh, which is better than all the collaborative retreads we get otherwise.