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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • This shoe gained a lot of recognition for its unique and creative look. Others added that its design is simple yet stylish.
  • Many were impressed with the small yet well-thought-out details added on the New York Arsham. The unique features include the concealed message on the sole, the phone number on the heel tab and the sealed packaging.
  • A good number, pleased with their purchase, recommended this shoe to others.
  • Dressed in chalk white color, almost all considered this sneaker as versatile as it can be easily paired with any outfit.
  • It is incredibly light, solidly-built and made of premium materials, nearly all revealed.
  • A few thought the Adidas New York Arsham looked better in person.
  • Some perceived this as an excellent summer shoe.
  • One user liked that this shoe’s raised outsole gave reliable grip on wet surfaces.
  • Others thought it felt comfortable.
  • It came with two white dust bags with Daniel Arsham’s name printed on one side and the Adidas logo stamped on the other side.
  • Some retail stores are selling this model at marked down rates.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This product received a lot of complaints about its sizing. Fitting larger than expected, many had to size down to get the right fit.
  • Sold at $180, the New York Arsham was considered as expensive by a significant number of users.
  • One buyer thought this shoe would look better with wider laces.

Bottom line

Daniel Arsham, a known contemporary artist, turns an ‘80s style sneaker into a piece of art. Dubbed as the Adidas New York Arsham, this shoe caught the attention of sneakerheads with its creative marketing campaigns.

This sneaker, as advertised, was released in limited quantities on July 22, 2017. Although comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing and high-quality, many perceived this shoe as steeply-priced. Thus, expect to find a pair of these creatively-designed kicks in your size easily in select retail stores.


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Adidas New York Arsham History

Ohio-born Daniel Arsham turned New York-based filmmaker and installation artist has recently awed contemporary art enthusiasts with his work. In his hands, everyday things were reinterpreted and turned into new and extraordinary objects.

Among his most famous works are showcased in the “Future Relic” series. Familiar materials like the telephone, camera and clock were given a unique and fossilized look showing that the present is the past and that the past is indeed the present.

Adidas teaming up with this fellow may seem unlikely at first. This German brand, however, has always welcomed creativity. Thus, a collaboration with a contemporary artist was somehow expected by many. Adopting his famous “Past is Present” concept, Arsham chose the 1980’s runner New York as his canvas.

The New York was initially donned with a mesh upper and nubuck overlays. Sitting on top of a webbing-wrapped sole, this shoe was considered as iconic back in the days. Arsham saw it fit to keep this shoe’s silhouette intact. He, however, reimagined this classic dressed in a canvas upper with frayed edges and in a tonal chalk white colorway.

Popularly known as the Adidas New York Arsham, its design was mainly influenced by his love for archeology as well as his interest in 20th-century cultural artifacts. Its unveiling included the promotion of a 1800 number and the release of a short film entitled the “Hourglass”. Curiosity was also roused when they revealed the hidden messages on this shoe’s design.

Adidas New York Arsham Style

Flaunting a minimalist design which is seen by many as versatile, this lifestyle sneaker rocks well with a wide array of every day as well as athletic clothing, jeans, shorts and sweats included. A perfect day-to-day footwear, the Adidas New York Arsham is also perceived as a great summer shoe option for its neutral, almost white color.

Fit & Sizing

Adidas fans’ main concern about this product is its ambiguous sizing. Made of a canvas upper, this shoe fits a bit large for most. Thus, it is best to consider getting a size .5 or one full size down to achieve the perfect fit. This unisex model is available in men’s sizes 4-14. The fairer sex can get one by copping a pair one full size smaller than their standard choice.

Notable Features

The New York Arsham is crafted with an unadorned canvas upper with ragged edges to give it a distinct, worn-out look. Its look is further enhanced with the addition of the 1800 number at the heel tab as well as the Daniel Arsham graphic on the left shoe’s tongue.

Interestingly, UV-sensitive details are hidden away in the shoe’s simple design. These include “The Past is Present” message in the EVA midsole and the three-stripes stitching. These details are only revealed under a blacklight, making the shoe look cool and even more attractive.

Additional Info

  • For an improved fit, this shoe has a traditional lace-up closure. It includes nylon laces that match the color of the upper and metal lace tips.
  • Comfort is enhanced with the help of the soft leather lining as well as the removable, cushioned, leather Ortholite insoles.
  • Its rubber outsole with diamond traction pattern offers improved grip.
  • For branding, the Adidas logo is displayed on the undersole as well as the right shoe’s tongue.
  • The 1800 number located on the heel tab is an actual number which can be contacted. Callers can expect to hear Arsham on the line talking about his creation.