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Adidas x Daniel Arsham New York “Present” Review

Adidas x Daniel Arsham New York "Present" Sneakers Review

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Adidas x Daniel Arsham New York "Present" Sneakers Review
Adidas x Daniel Arsham New York “Present” Review
Description
An artistic touch goes a long way in the business of high fashion and luxury retail. Even something as seemingly mundane as a pair of sneakers can look and feel worth a million bucks when it’s designed by the right artist and manufactured by the right company. Adidas’ collaboration with artist Daniel Arsham proves this, with their unique and highly-interesting collaborative series. Their “Present” sneakers, in particular, stand out with its sophistication and edge.
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When high fashion fell in love with sportswear, so did the art world. Today, there are various collaborations between the most well-known brands and the most respected artists in the world. Through such partnerships, artistic sneakers are possible through the creative minds of the artists and craftsmanship and engineering of the sportswear labels. One of the most exciting of such collaborations is between artist Daniel Arsham and Adidas Originals, presenting a series of sneakers that depict the past, present, and future.

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Release date: December 9, 2017
Price when reviewed: $180

The “Present” shoes in the series were released last December 9, 2017. The shoes (and series) makes use of the German sportswear brand’s famous ‘New York’ silhouette, updating and upgrading it for a more stylised aesthetic and seamless appeal. The shoes are available through public purchase on various Adidas stores worldwide and on other online retail platforms. They cost $180 a pair.

Pros

The best part about the “Present” sneakers is their effortless appearance. One would think that a collaboration between such prominent entities in the art and retail business would produce a complex piece, but the “Present” shoes are from such. They display a sophisticated sense of minimalism, more so with the dark grey colorway that seamlessly hides all the details from the naked eye. Comprised of luxury fabrications such as neoprene and nubuck, the shoes are also extremely comfortable to wear.

Cons

To stand out in the cut-throat world of sportswear, one needs color and silhouette the be different and exciting. Two of which the new Adidas x Daniel Arsham New York “Present” sneakers lack. It’s all about the ‘Instagram-worthy’ kicks that help people go viral nowadays, and these shoes don’t seem to be the pair to do it. They’re very sophisticated and elegant, but they don’t necessarily look like the kind of footwear that will appeal to the youthful social media-obsessed consumer base most sportswear brands are aiming at.

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