Can the new Adidas POD become 2018’s answer to the NMD?

Hungry for another footwear hit, could Adidas’ new P.O.D. System-equipped POD-S3.1 return the brand to the top of the lifestyle heap in style?

When Adidas launched the NMD in 2015, it was a straight-up game changer.

Though it might seem crazy now, as the shoe has transcended streetwear culture to become a certified classic, back in 2015, a few months after the release of the more athletic-focused Ultra Boosts, Adidas couldn’t have predicted just how popular their new silhouette would become.

The NMD put Adidas Originals back on the map.

Decked out in primeknit with a super coveted boost insole and a proud trefoil on the heel patch, the OG black, red, and blue NMD quickly ascended to the ranks of the shell toe superstar, and the Yeezy 350 Boost as one of the most iconic shoes in the brand’s history.

And Adidas has been chasing that high ever since.

With numerous new (and recycled) silhouettes released with the hopes of becoming the NMD’s successor, like the EQT line, the Pharrell HU, or the recently the BYW collection (a basketball-themed line highlighted by the incredibly cool BYW X), Adidas has yet to find a new lifestyle shoe capable of capturing in hearts of sneakerheads and casual fans young and old.

Could the new P.O.D System be the brand’s next smash hit?

Rocking a knit upper not too dissimilar from the NMD, the real highlight of the new POD-S3.1 has to be its P.O.D. System midsole. Featuring a sizeable chunk of boost foam in the heel, EVA cushioning in the forefoot and a point of deflection bridge connecting the two, the POD midsole creates a decoupled, ultra-modern look reminiscent of the BYW design.

Unlike your traditional NMD midsole, the new POD-S3.1 is going to move with your foot, taking on uneven urban sidewalks like a champ.

With over a half-dozen colorways already released, and presumably a bunch more on the way, Adidas is doing everything in their power to push this shoe and ensure it catches on with the masses as their newest flagship lifestyle kicks.

But will it?

If the shoe’s recent release party at Factory 55 in Brooklyn is of any indication, it seems like the Three Stripes’ newest silhouette is well on its way to becoming Adidas’ next great success story.

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What do you think of the Adidas’ new P.O.D System? Are you planning on coping a pair? Stay tuned in to Under the Laces to get all of your latest news on all things Adidas, and who knows, maybe we’ll even give the POD-S3.1 a performance review to let you know how it fares on the streets and on the court.