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The Adidas New York Arsham is a unisex model that is available in men’s sizes. The fairer sex can get one by copping a pair one full size smaller than their standard choice. 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. Meanwhile, to enhance the comfort, the brand used a soft leather lining as well as removable, cushioned leather Ortholite insoles.

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.

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.

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 an 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.

  • The rubber outsole of Adidas New York Arsham has diamond-patterned traction that 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.


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