Titolo x adidas NMD XR1 Trail Shoe Review
Also known as the “Celestial”
I just snagged the Titolo x adidas NMD XR1 Trail and must I say, it is a very white-ed out shoe. White on white on white. This is my first adidas NMD shoe and from my first impression of handling one in person, they look bigger than expected. Here’s what I have on the Titolo x adidas NMD XR1 Trail.
Upon opening up the box I didn’t find any type of special packaging such as my kolor x adidas Ultraboost Uncaged came in. Instead the box comes in a muted down yellow-tan tone with the must have three stripes glazed across the top lid. And a little adidas stamp in the bottom corner. Nothing flashy, but still has that special collaboration type feel to it. Surprisingly, other than the size packaging sticker you do not see any Titolo brand labeling on it. On to the shoe itself.
Don’t you just love it when you crack open that lid to that new shoe smell? I’ve always thought that was a quick signal as to how much a person loves shoes. Open the lid and there was the Titolo x adidas NMD XR1 Trail collaboration. For some reason, the shoe reminded me of snow and winter right off the bat. I know that Titolo being a Swiss retailer was trying to emphasize their snowy, glacial surroundings with this collaboration. It definitely fits the bill, I mean the nickname “Celestial” fits very will with this shoe. The blue sole is a very nice touch to the overall aesthetic feeling of the shoe also.
The shoe has all the bells and whistles that has been making adidas stand out lately. It has the Primeknit upper, the Boost midsole technology, and the signature NMD square side pieces. It’s all there. What I think most stuck out to me about the shoe features itself was the side panels and how they are actually separate from the Primeknit material. It’s a stand-alone dimensional, cut-out piece of leather on both sides of the shoe. Kinda funky, sorta modern, but very different. I know some NMD’s in the past have had it, just the first time for me to see it like this in person. Now, if you haven’t noticed triangles are the theme shape here. Triangle stitching patterns, triangle eyelet holders, to triangle bottom sole. Even triangles within triangles in the sole itself.
There are a lot of great details built within the shoe itself too. I really liked the nylon medial side that starts within the inside of the shoe. It brings a nice asymmetrical touch to the shoe and mixes up the textile patterns as well. Just see how long you can keep this princess clean though… The heel is the other nice touch. You were probably thinking you hadn’t seen Titolo emblazoned on the shoe yet. It took me a sec too but its discretely cut into the heel tab. I thought the nice belt-loop effect was pretty spot-on. You’ll also find a small Titolo logo on the leather tongue piece of the left shoe. I think the heel as well as the ice-blue sole are what makes this shoe stand out the most.
Overall, the Titolo x adidas NMD XR1 Trail is just as comfortable as other NMD’s out there. Though it may seem like just another basic white sneaker out there, this adidas consortium does contain the subtle details to make it stand out. If you really find it interesting, email me and I may just sell you my size 9’s.