Back in December 2015, adidas took the sneaker world completely by storm with the NMD. Short for “nomad”, the silhouette made use of a stretchy Primeknit upper and a Boost midsole that was made popular by the Ultra Boost that dropped a few months prior.
In next to no time, the NMD became an instant hit. Sneakerheads around the world absolutely adored the understated yet radical aesthetic, and within its two year history, the Three Stripes have treated us to some pure fire. From collaborative models to straight up grails, we’ve made it our duty to showcase ten of the most valuable Nomads of all time.
adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams NMD Human Race ‘Friends & Family’
To start the list off, we present to you the ultra rare adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams NMD Human Race ‘Friends & Family’. Painted in a lush burgundy colourway, the exclusive kicks are adorned with the Japanese characters for ‘friends’ and ‘family’, respectively. Complete with a pair of tonal laces, these Nomads boast an average resell price of around £6,100. We’re not sure how many of these were made, but unless you count yourself among Skateboard P’s inner circle, you have no chance of copping these.
adidas Originals x Overkill NMD R1 ‘Firestarter’
Next stop is the adidas Originals x Overkill NMD R1. Dubbed ‘Firestarter‘, the model takes a page out of fellow German brand Solebox’s book, with a bright red outsole which was previously seen on the highly sought after Solebox x adidas Ultra Boost. Featuring a black and white Primeknit upper and a complementary sole unit, the ‘Firestarter’ has an average resell price of around £5,000. According to Overkill, only three hundred were produced, so don’t expect to get your hands on a pair anytime soon.
adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Friends & Family’
Continuing on with the ‘Friends & Family‘ trend comes this adidas Originals NMD R1. Featuring a mottled black and white pattern on the upper and black overlays for the Three Stripes, seams, and lace stays, these creps make use of the OG NMD’s iconic blue and red EVA plugs for added support and stability. Although we don’t know how many of these are in the wild, it’s safe to say that this is a near impossible cop, unless you have £3400 lying around that is.
adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Pitch Black’
Not to be mistaken for the ‘Triple Black‘ that dropped earlier this summer, the adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Pitch Black’ is an entirely different breed of animal. Released in 2016, these murdered out sneakers were made specially for special partners and influencers. With an all black colourway, onyx shades splash across the EVA plugs, the outsole, and even the collapsible rear heel support. A special detail that separates it from any other release include a “1/500” numbering found at the rear pull tab, showing just how rare these kicks are. With a resell price averaging at around £2000, these Nomads aren’t for the faint hearted.
adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Red Apple’
Introducing a splash of colour to this list, the aptly named adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Red Apple’ is unlike anything we’ve seen before. A New York City exclusive, these NMDs sport an all-over red Primeknit construction with hits of black throughout. Around the TPU tab, the text “NEW YORK” can be seen. Only two hundred of these were made, making the £1,620 ‘Red Apple’ one of the rarest sneakers in history.
adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams x Billionaire Boys Club NMD Human Race
One of the latest additions to the coveted Human Race family, the adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams x Billionaire Boys Club NMD Human Race is one fine looking sneaker. Although we’re not sure how many of these were released to the public, we’re thinking extremely limited quantities. One of the biggest features present on any Human Race is the bold writing that can be seen on the upper, and on these, the words ‘Cuerpo Terre‘ are embroidered tastefully, which literally translated to ‘Earth’ and ‘Body’, probably hinting to what you’re going to have to sell in order to afford these £1,450 sneakers.
adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams NMD Human Race ‘EQT Yellow’
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably seen the adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams NMD Human Race ‘EQT Yellow’ being flexed on your Instagram feed. Like the ‘Friends & Family’ Human Race that featured on this list, these canary yellow kicks have words adorned on the upper. Although these aren’t as rare as any of the pairs list previously, these still carry a hefty resell price tag of £1,100.
adidas Originals x Hender Scheme NMD R1
I’m not even exaggerating at all when I say that the adidas Originals x Hender Scheme NMD R1 made history. Not only did it drop the stretchy Primeknit upper in favour of luxurious leather, the collaboration also marked the first non-Boost NMD, which shocked the sneaker community. Painted in a luxe tan colourway, these Hender Scheme branded Nomads are some of the most premium sneakers you can buy, and with a resell price of just over £900, you can guarantee that these are made from nothing but the finest materials.
adidas Originals x A Bathing Ape NMD R1
Back in November of last year, adidas Originals and A Bathing Ape came together for a collection unlike any other. Consisting of a bunch of apparel, the collaboration also included two pairs of adidas’ legendary NMDs which were painted in BAPE’s iconic camo print. The crep, which now resells for around £900, pretty much transformed the sneaker landscape as we knew it, and there’s really no questioning why. Although we don’t know how many of these BAPE NMDs were produced, it’s still a sneaker you don’t see everyday.
adidas Originals x Nice Kicks NMD R1
Marking the first ever NMD collab, the adidas Originals x Nice Kicks NMD R1 is unlike any sneaker ever made in the history of mankind. Paying homage to Nice Kicks San Fran location, the upper of these bold NMDs take inspiration from classic concert posters and art around the city. Playing along with the store and red theme, youll find a black and red tie-dye design throughout the upper that sits on top of a comfy Boost midsole. To top things off, Nice Kicks branding can be found on the tongue and heel tab for its finishing touches. If you find these kicks for under £880, you’ve pretty much hit the jackpot.
Bonus: adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Key City’
And last but not least, we present to you the adidas Originals NMD R1 ‘Key City’. Marketed as a Consortium release, these monochrome creps were limited to just one thousand pairs, and dropped in just six cities. Taking inspiration from the original NMD colourway, the ‘Key City’ swaps the conventional red and blue hits with grey elements, complemented by reflective detailing in the Three Stripes branding, heel patch, and shoelaces. With a resell price tag of a little over £700, whilst these aren’t that expensive compared to the rest of the NMDs on this list, they’re definitely one of the rarest.
What do you think of our list of the valuable adidas Originals NMDs of all time? Do you agree with it or do you think there should be a few more worthy mentions? Let us know in the comments below, and as always, keep it locked here at The Sole Supplier for the latest and greatest in sneakers! In other NMD related news, check out our article discussing whether or not adidas’ NMD lineup is dying.