Adidas NMD Size Chart + Review of NMD OG, NMD S1, NMD R1, XR1 Winter


This is the Adidas NMD size chart for men and women in 2021.

Recently, the hype around the Adidas NMD has slowly dropped just because of the number of shoes that Adidas is producing.

Also, one of the main selling points behind the NMD, the Boost midsole, has also become much more widely available on a lot of different silhouettes.

In order to revitalize the line, Adidas released new versions of the NMD silhouette like the all-new NMD S1, the NMD XR Winter, the NMD Pharrell… 

Without further ado, let’s dive right into the size chart…


Adidas NMD Size Chart

Men’s NMD Size Chart

US Size
Heel – Toe
in Inches
Heel – Toe
in cm
48.7″22.1 cm3.536220
4.58.9″22.5 cm436 2/3 *225
59.0″22.9 cm4.537 1/3 *230
5.59.2″23.3 cm538235
69.4″23.8 cm5.538 2/3 *240
6.59.5″24.2 cm639 1/3 *245
79.7″24.6 cm6.540250
7.59.8″25.0 cm740 2/3 *255
810.0″25.5 cm7.541 1/3 *260
8.510.2″25.9 cm842265
910.4″26.3 cm8.542 2/3 *270
9.510.5″26.7 cm943 1/3 *275
1010.7″27.1 cm9.544280
10.510.9″27.6 cm1044 2/3 *285
1111.0″28.0 cm10.545 1/3 *290
11.511.2″28.4 cm1146295
1211.3″28.8 cm11.546 2/3 *300
12.511.5″29.3 cm1247 1/3 *305
1311.7″29.7 cm12.548310
13.511.9″30.1 cm1348 2/3 *315
1412.0″30.5 cm13.549 1/3 *320
14.512.2″31.0 cm1450325
1512.4″31.4 cm14.550 2/3 *
1612.7″31.8 cm1551 1/3 *
1713.0″32.6 cm1552 2/3 *
1813.3″33.5 cm1753 1/3 *
1913.7″34.3 cm1854 2/3 *
2014.0″35.2 cm1955 2/3 *


Women’s NMD Size Chart

US Size
Heel – Toe
in Inches
Heel – Toe
in cm
58.7″22.1 cm3.536220
5.58.9″22.5 cm436 2/3 *225
69.0″22.9 cm4.537 1/3 *230
6.59.2″23.3 cm538235
79.4″23.8 cm5.538 2/3 *240
7.59.5″24.2 cm639 1/3 *245
89.7″24.6 cm6.540250
8.59.8″25.0 cm740 2/3 *255
910.0″25.5 cm7.541 1/3 *260
9.510.2″25.9 cm842265
1010.4″26.3 cm8.542 2/3 *270
10.510.5″26.7 cm943 1/3 *275
1110.7″27.1 cm9.544280
11.510.9″27.6 cm1044 2/3 *285
1211.0″28.0 cm10.545 1/3 *290
12.511.2″28.4 cm1146295
1311.3″28.8 cm11.546 2/3 *300
13.511.5″29.3 cm1247 1/3 *305
1411.7″29.7 cm12.548310
14.511.9″30.1 cm1348 2/3 *315
1512.0″30.5 cm13.549 1/3 *320
15.512.2″31.0 cm1450325


Do NMDs Run Big?

Typically, the Adidas NMD fits true to size, offering a comfortable fit. Yet, the new NMD S1 model runs at half a size big, so it’s recommended to consider sizing down for an optimal fit.

Adidas NMD S1 Review


Obviously, like pretty much every new product that hits the market, there are a few things about the NMD S1 that I kind of wish had been done differently, but nothing is a deal-breaker.

Overall, this is a very solid brand-new silhouette.

Before we get to this review though, I do have to say there are a lot of things about the NMD S1 that I don’t know yet, specifically some of the materials that go into this shoe because there’s just isn’t really any official information out about the S1 yet and also the release date and the price.



I would assume based on what we’ve seen from previous NMD launches and also the tech that I think is in this sneaker that this shoe will probably retail for around $180.

I think that that would be the sweet spot for this shoe because that’s what full-length Boost sneakers with Primeknit uppers have sold for as well.

I will say if the NMD S1 is more than $180, that’s probably on the slightly too expensive side. And if it’s less than $180, it’s probably a great value.


Sizing & Fit

As far as sizing and fit are concerned, I have to say that the NMD S1 fits me perfectly true to size.

So, if you want to grab a pair of these, I would either say go true to size, or try on a pair of UltraBoost 21s, find your right size in this shoe, and that should translate over perfectly to the NMD S1.

Here’s a nice article where we compare all Yeezy sizing recommendations.

Moving down to the largest change between the NMD S1 and really any other NMD and that’s the midsole…



As you can probably see, the midsole is a full-length Boost midsole and it’s actually encased in this thin semi-transparent rubber.

As I’m sure you remember, the original NMD did not come with an encased Boost midsole, and so that in and of itself is already pretty different.


NMD Plugs


In addition to the encased Boost midsole, you’ve got these brand-new NMD plugs.

The first thing you might notice about these plugs is how much thinner they are than a standard pair of NMDs, but also, they sort of come out from the side of the sneaker a lot more than any of the previous NMD plugs.


To be honest, I’m still not sure exactly what these plugs are meant to do and Adidas never really says what they do.

I would think that they’re supposed to act as a torsion system so that the shoe doesn’t twist torsionally.

I think that they sort of run across the top of the midsole and add some sort of structure to the Boost.

Aesthetically, I love the new look of these plugs. They make the shoe look so much more aggressive and so much more interesting.

They have this sort of like divot around the edges of the plugs that make them look they’re sort of projecting out of the shoe. They really make the shoe look like a shark.

This is such a futuristic-looking shoe and I really feel like the plugs are the main reason for that.



As far as comfort goes, this Adidas NMD S1 is an incredibly comfortable sneaker. In fact, this shoe rivals the comfort of the UltraBoost 21.

As far as the underfoot comfort, the NMD S1 is very soft underfoot. The Boost is very soft and very springy. Even with the sort of rubber encasement around the midsole, it doesn’t stop it from compressing that much.

You’ve also got this sort of upward cut or angle in the heel, which makes the shoe actually a lot easier to drive in.


Adidas NMD S1 vs. UltraBoost 21

Overall, the comfort of the NMD rivals that of the UltraBoost 21. I think the upper on the UltraBoost 21 is more comfortable though, but the midsole itself is actually softer in the NMD S1, which is kind of crazy.

In fact, not only is the midsole a similar shape but the upper is a very similar shape as well. When you look at these shoes from the side, even the overall silhouette is a very similar shape.

The way that I see the NMD S1 is a sort of lifestyle or fashionable version of the UltraBoost 21. I don’t know if that’s what it was supposed to be, but overall, the shoes are very similar.

In my opinion, the NMD S1 is more of an UltraBoost than an NMD. The only reason it’s an NMD is because it has plugs on the sides.

In fact, if I had to compare the fit of this shoe to really any other Adidas sneaker, I would say the NMD S1 fits very similarly to the Adidas UltraBoost 21.

For me, it was almost a one-to-one fit between the NMD and the UltraBoost 21, but that isn’t the only thing that’s similar between these two sneakers.

Here’s a more detailed comparison of the Adidas NMD vs UltraBoost.



Starting off from the toe, it seems like the material that’s used on the upper of the NMD S1 is some variant of Primeknit.

I would assume it’s PrimeBlue which is a recycled version of Primeknit. PrimeBlue is also the same upper used on the Adidas UltraBoost 21.

To be honest, this upper feels just like Primeknit, so I’m pretty sure that’s what the material is.

It’s a little bit stiffer than the UltraBoost Primeknit and it’s definitely closer to a Yeezy 350 Primeknit or maybe a Human Race NMD Primeknit.

So, it’s not as soft as Primeknit, but it’s still very soft to the touch and it still gives you a lot of breathability and some nice mobility.

I think because this material is a little bit stiffer than standard Primeknit, it does give the toe area a little more shape and a little bit more structure.

Also, on the medial side of the toe box, you have this little bit of fused overlay which provides a little bit more durability to the toe of the sneaker.



As you move back in the NMD S1 towards the midfoot, it seems Adidas has drawn some inspiration from Yeezy sneakers specifically the Adidas Yeezy 350 v2 and the Yeezy 380.

The reason I say that is because, in the midfoot, you have this really interesting sort of like clear plastic mesh window where you can actually see through the socks underneath.


This seems like the exact same material used on the side stripes of the 350 v2 and that weird sort of like scratched detail on the Yeezy 380s.

Then, over top of the little window, you have the sort of fused overlay Adidas three stripes.

Tongue & Laces

In the center of the NMD S1 where the tongue would traditionally be if this wasn’t a bootie construction, you’ve got this really soft and stretchy Primeknit that makes it a lot easier for you to get your foot into this shoe.

Weaving over top of the Primeknit, you’ve got these rope laces that have 3M accents.

I found the laces on the S1 to help tighten the shoe a little bit more so than the previous NMDs.

I feel like with these sort of sneakers, you just buy the right size and you’ll never have to tie the laces because they just fit on your feet like socks.

As I mentioned before, the construction of the NMD S1 is a bootie construction, which means that there’s no separate tongue. Because of that, the ankle area is very stretchy, which allows you to get your foot into the sneaker.

Talking about the ankle area…


There’s actually some nice padding around the top of the ankle. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough and it’s more than I think any other NMD has had. So, the NMD S1 feels a lot more comfortable in the heel and ankle area.


Like every other NMD and really any other sock-like sneaker, your foot is just up against the backside of the Primeknit.



As you may have already noticed, the traction pattern of the NMD S1 is just a bunch of Adidas Trefoil logos.

It’s very creative and very cool but just very heavy. The weight of the midsole is also because of this big rubber block in the midfoot that acts like a shank.

I guess Adidas is using that block to keep the midsole from bending too much and add some stability to the shoe.


The NMD S1 is a very heavy sneaker and I think there’s a couple of reasons for that. The first reason is obviously the full-length thick Boost midsole.

The midsole is very similar to the UltraBoost 21 that released earlier this year. It almost seems they have the same amount of Boost in them, which I think it’s very cool and actually makes the shoe very comfortable underfoot.

Again, because there’s so much Boost, it does make it a slightly heavier shoe.

But I think the thing that most contributes to the overall weight of the NMD 1S is the rubber that encases and wraps around the Boost midsole and also those giant rubber pods on the bottom.

I know they’re definitely like a traction detail and they’re there for a reason, but they remind me a lot of the trail outsoles on the Pharrell Human Race NMDs.

The Pharrells are pretty heavy sneakers and the NMD S1 definitely has a similar weight if not a little bit heavier.

In conclusion…

I think the NMD S1 is a really cool and exciting new direction for the NMD line.

Yes, I do think this shoe is a kind of prettier version of the UltraBoost 21, but at the end of the day, that’s not a bad thing.

I think all of these cool futuristic accents that they added to the shoe like the new plugs and the sort of semi-translucent midfoot panel make the NMD S1 very interesting and very cool-looking.

That said though, the S1 is still a pretty bulky sneaker and it’s pretty heavy. However, it’s not that noticeable underfoot.

But if you don’t like heavy or bulky-looking shoes, you’re probably not going to love the NMD S1.

Last but not least, the Adidas NMD S1 is incredibly comfortable underfoot. And if you like the way this sneaker looks, it’s a must-have.

Adidas NMD OG Review


The NMDs OG kind of came out as a restock, but they made a lot more pairs so I guess it’s more of a refresh.


You’ve got this really nice black Primeknit one-piece upper. It’s the same upper you’ll find in all the other Primeknit NMD R1s except of course, it’s plain black.

The Primeknit on the PK NMD R1 is very stretchy, and for that reason, I would say you might want to go a half-size down.

Of course, being a Primeknit NMD R1, it’s got this stock-like ankle collar which some people didn’t like in the beginning, but I think most people have come around to it.

It’s a little bit more elastic than the rest of the shoe. So, what it does is it hugs your ankle so that when you’re walking, your foot doesn’t come flying out.


You’ve got your laces in the midfoot tied to these lace eyelets on the side of the shoe.

Personally, I don’t really use the laces on the NMDs because it doesn’t seem to do much for me. All it does is kind of crinkle up the tongue a bit and that really doesn’t tighten the shoe for me at all.

So, the laces on the NMD OG are kind of useless in my opinion, but that might just be me.


In the back of the shoe, you’ve got the pull tab which says the brand with three stripes in a couple of different languages.

You’ve got the soft TPU heel counter with the Adidas branding.


With all NMDs, you don’t actually get an insole, which kind of bugs me a little bit. I really wish it had an insole because it really does add a good amount of extra comfort. But it is what it is and it’s what Adidas decided to do.

NMD Bricks

Moving down the shoe, you find the NMD’s claim to fame, the red and blue brick sticking out of the midsole of the shoe.

When the shoe first released, everyone was kind of skeptical about these bricks and what they did and whether they liked the look of them or not.

But people have really come around to them as I’m sure you’ve noticed because the NMD was the hottest shoe of 2016.

I mean you couldn’t find any NMDs in basically any store because as soon as they were stocked, they were gone.

Behind the bricks, we’ve got the standard NMD Boost midsole which isn’t as comfortable as the UltraBoost but it really isn’t bad.


You’ve got this NMD outsole which is pretty much standard for all the NMDs that have released up until the NMD S1.

It’s not continental rubber and it doesn’t provide a lot of traction. So, the Adidas NMD is definitely a lifestyle shoe and not a performance running shoe.

To give you more details on whether or not the NMDs are good for running, make sure you check the article.

Overall, the OG NMD colorway is the shoe that started the entire NMD craze. So, whether you like it or not, you have to at least give it props for that.

Of course, after the shoe first released in 2015, the resale prices were crazy. I saw shoes going for over $1200, which is insane.

Adidas NMD R1 Japan Review


Adidas has really been churning out a lot of NMD R1 colorways. This particular triple white colorway dropped with the triple black colorway on the same day.

That particular colorway sold out instantly.


As with all other NMD R1 Primeknits, you’ve got a full one-piece Primeknit construction. The Primeknit construction is no different than any other NMD R1s.

So, if you tried on one of these before, you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into with these guys.

Moving back on the sneaker, you get a subtle variation in color tone with the fuse overlays.

The fuse overlays on the midfoot seam and the Adidas 3 stripes are a slightly more creamy shade of white. So, they do create some variation in color when you look really closely.

Moving up the shoe, you’ve got your white lace eyelets and then you’ve got your laces which match more of the fuse overlay than the actual upper of the shoe.

Inside the sneaker, you’ve got your standard NMD R1 insole which isn’t so much an insole as it is a piece of fabric that just kind of separates your foot from the Boost.

You do have a tiny hit of black with the Boost text, but that’s pretty much it for the insole.

Ankle & Heel

The ankle collar area has a subtle variation in the white tones. You’ve got the regular white that covers most of the Primeknit upper and then more of that creamy white that you find in the fuse overlays.

Moving around to the back of the shoe, you’ve got your plastic heel and then your pull tab which says the brand with three stripes in a couple of different languages.

This isn’t really different than any other NMD R1. The only difference is that this one has Japanese written on the front plug, but that’s literally it.


So, do the Adidas NMD R1 run small, big, or true to size?

Size-wise, these are exactly the same as every other NMD R1 Primeknit on the market.

For me, that means going a half-size down and for other people, they might be able to go true to size. But I’ve really found these fit bigger than Adidas advertises.

Adidas have a collaboration with Bape called Adidas NMD x Bape. Here’s the Bape size chart and size guide

Midsole & Outsole

You’ve got the same Boost midsole you’ve got in every other NMD R1 and the same plugs as well. Finally rounding up this shoe, we’ve got an all-white outsole.

Overall, this is definitely a clean triple white NMD R1 colorway. There’s really nothing new going on this sneaker.

Even though this is a super fresh colorway, there is one big downside to this shoe and that’s the fact that as soon as you stand outside, it’s going to get dirty.

You may be able to combat that with some protective spray, but you’re still going to want to be careful.

Adidas NMD XR1 Winter Review


To be honest, the NMD XR 1 Winter just didn’t have the same sort of magic that the original NMDs had. Don’t get me wrong. They’re still great shoes but just not the same.

Now, it looks like Adidas has tried something new and I’m not a huge fan of this NMD XR1 Winter.

I don’t know why they didn’t just call it the winterized NMD XR 1 or maybe the NMD XR 1 High or something like that.

You can already tell this shoe is very similar to the NMD XR 1 and it shares a lot of the same parts of the shoe except this time around, it has this crazy sock-like ankle collar.

To be fair, this has been done in a lot of other Adidas models and it can look good on those models, but I just don’t think the XR 1 was the right shoe to get this collar treatment.


You’ve got this all-great textile knit upper. Unfortunately, the upper isn’t Primeknit like the upper that you find on the UltraBoost Mid, which is winterized.

This is just a much thicker more stiff textile knit which also kind of makes a weird noise when you scrunch it together.

You do have a couple of layers of material backing the textile knit especially in the toe area just to keep your feet warm and also to not let the elements in.

So far, I found these shoes haven’t really been any more comfortable than the regular XR 1. In fact, they might have been a little bit less comfortable, but they do seem a little bit warmer for whatever that’s worth.

Moving back on the shoe, you do have some fused overlay around the bottom of the upper. You’ve also got some covering up the seam between the toe and the midfoot of the shoe. That’s also the seam where the underlay changes a little bit.

Like I said before, the toe area is a lot thicker and the midfoot area is a lot thinner. It makes sense because your toes do always get cold first.

Laces, Sock Collar, Insole, Cage, Heel Counter

You have these pretty stiff rope laces. And because this is a one-piece construction, you’ve got this crazy bootie sock collar area.

The reasoning for the collar sock is to not let elements into the shoe when you’re walking in more wintry conditions and also supposed to hug to your leg a little bit tighter and keep your leg a little bit warmer than it usually would be.

So, this shoe definitely does what it’s advertised to do. The inside of the shoe is almost exactly the same as your regular NMD XR1.

There really isn’t any insole between your foot and the Boost, which I would have kind of liked in a more winterized version of the shoe.

It is what it is and it’s not uncomfortable by any means.

Moving back on the shoe, you’ve got another difference between the regular XR 1 and this winterized version of the shoe.

Instead of your regular plastic cage, you’ve actually got this all-leather cage, which I actually don’t mind.

You’ve got these laser-etched and stamped details which I actually think elevates the look of the shoe.

Continuing back on the shoe, you’ve also got this suede heel counter to match the rest of the upper. Then you’ve got this pull tab in this almost backpack strap material.

Sizing & Fit

As for fit, this did seem to fit me a little bit big and a little bit wide. I went true to size on this sneaker and maybe you want to go a little bit smaller depending on your foot shape.

If you have a wide foot, you might be good to go true to size. If you have a more narrow foot, maybe go down half a size.

I always suggest with shoes you haven’t tried on before, make sure to try on a pair at least of the same silhouette even if it’s a different colorway just to make sure the fit is right for you.

Midsole & Outsole

Moving down the shoe, you get to the part of the sneaker that I actually like the most but really don’t understand why they use it on this sneaker and that of course is the standard NMD XR 1 Boost midsole and outsole.

The Boost and the plugs are exactly the same as what you find on your regular XR 1. It’s great, it’s comfortable, and I don’t have a problem with it at all.

But then when you move to the outsole of the shoe, you’ll find that they use that same tractionless NMD outsole.

This is a winterized sneaker and they should be using something like an XTR outsole or have some sort of ridges or grooves or something like that.

I mean when it starts to snow a little bit and you’re sliding around on the sidewalks or wherever you are, this isn’t going to give you any traction at all.

Even the ATR Ultra Boost had a different outsole and it had waterproof Primeknit. It was just a better-made sneaker.


The NMD XR 1 Winter is a good sneaker. It’s an interesting-looking XR 1. I actually don’t mind this ankle collar; I just don’t love it.

I don’t know how realistic this is for winter other than maybe keeping your feet warm, which, to be honest, it’s probably the primary purpose of this sneaker.

Adidas NMD Size Chart FAQs

The Adidas NMD S1 runs true to size, the NMD R1 runs a half size big because of the stretchy Primeknit, the NMD R1 Japan runs a half size big, NMD XR1 Winter runs big for narrow feet and true to size for wide feet.

Generally speaking, most Adidas shoes tend to run true to size, but you have to try different styles to get a better idea on which size is best for you in the Adidas shoes you want.

What does NMD stand for Adidas?

NMD simply stands for Nomad.

Do Adidas shoes run big or small compared to Nike?

We found that Adidas shoes tend to run about 0.2″ smaller than Nike.

Why are the NMDs so popular?

The Adidas NMDs are so popular because of the design, the craftsmanship, and of course the incredibly comfortable Boost midsole. The NMD is very soft and springy.

What are NMD shoes good for?

NMDs are designed for lifestyle use only. Running in the Adidas NMD is not going to give you the best athlete experience.

Do UltraBoost fit the same as NMD?

No. The UltraBoost actually fits smaller than the Adidas NMD. In fact, you should go up half a size with the UltraBoost while you can either stay true to size or go a half size down in the NMD.

Do NMD R1 have insoles?

The NMD R1 does not feature an insole because Adidas used the lasting to double as the insole.

The simplest home trick to stretch your NMDs is to take a Ziploc bag, fill it with water, shove it into your NMDs, and put the shoe in the freezer overnight. The water bag will expand and so will your NMDs.

Are NMDs waterproof?

Regular NMDs are not waterproof. However, Adidas launched a new offering for the winter season called the NMD R1 GTX which is coated with Gore-Tex to make the NMD waterproof. So, if you cannot stay at home and prefer to stroll outside while enjoying a cushy and stylish stride, get yourself a pair of the NMD R1 GTX.

So, there you have it. I hope this Adidas NMD size chart and review of some NMD releases was quite helpful for you. If we missed out on anything, please let us know in the comments section below. I hope you’re staying safe out there and see you in the next one 🙂

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

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