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Unlike the previous collection that has a larger sizing, the New York Present Arsham fits a tad small based on the feedback of its users. Going a half size up or one size bigger is recommended for an optimum fit. Produced exclusively for men, these sneakers come in a wide variety of sizes ranging from 5-13. Women can also indulge in this pair by merely availing 1.5 sizes down their usual.

Daniel Arsham, in partnership with Adidas Originals, follows the part two of the Hourglass film with the continuation of his childhood. Unlike the previous collection which comes in white, the New York Present Arsham comes in a subtle matte gray color. Its monochromatic color and minimalist design make it a versatile pair suitable not only for everyday use but to transition to different seasons as well.

The New York Present Arsham creates a defining theme that resonates and illustrates the artist's fascination with archeology. Much like most of his works, probably also because of his color blindness, these sneakers come in a concrete color playing with different materials—neoprene on the majority of the upper with suede mudguards and leather lining all over the shoe. The use of the Boost midsole not only modernizes the New York silhouette but delivers the feeling of responsiveness on every step.

Born in 1980, New York-based contemporary artist and filmmaker Daniel Arsham released the second chapter for his collaboration with Adidas Originals. The previous collection, called the Adidas New York silhouette reflects Arsham's fascination with 20th-century cultural artifacts and archeological concepts.

As part of this partnership, the filmmaker released a short film entitled "Hourglass" that reflects the artist's creative work. The 12-minute film, which is part-fiction and part-documentary, is composed of three parts Past, Present, and Future, along with a glimpse of the artist's childhood experiences.

The Adidas Originals by Daniel Arsham provides a unique interpretation of translating current familiar objects as future artifacts and illustrating the past is present and vice versa. The artist chose the iconic 1980's New York silhouette as a canvas but refashioned it with unadorned canvas upper with frayed edges giving it an extraordinary design. For the second wave of his collaboration, Arsham retains the legendary running silhouette but focuses, this time, on the Present.

  • The Adidas New York Present Arsham was released on December 9, 2017, together with the second part of the Hourglass film.
  • The packaging of the shoe is an interesting and notable detail which completes the overall look of the shoe. It is enclosed with a broken tape and opened with a drawstring.


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