adidas Originals presents a new iteration of the NMD_CS1 silhouette this month which takes inspiration from Zen-Buddhism. Using the NMD_CS1 model’s minimalist upper as a canvas, the release applies the Zen symbol “Enso” to the shoe as a mark of freedom of creativity. A longstanding symbol of Zen-Buddhism, the “Enso” symbol is most commonly represented as a single black circular brushstroke, and represents the moment that the mind becomes free, allowing the body to create.
The free-flowing form of the “Enso” represents strength, enlightenment and elegance, but it is also often used to represent the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi” – a belief that the imperfections of an object are what makes it uniquely beautiful. For its latest outing, the NMD_CS1 silhouette channels these principles into a minimalist design, featuring a white woven Primeknit upper, placed atop the NMD series’ iconic Boost™ midsole with EVA heel and forefoot inserts.
The adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit launches on Thursday November 15th ONLINE; 23:00GMT
adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit
Footwear White/Footwear White/Core Black
Launch: Thursday November 15th ONLINE; 23:00GMT
The shoe’s tonal white design is constrasted with the placement of an “Enso” symbol across the upper of each shoe, connecting to create a full circle, while the NMD_CS1’s signature medial side leather patches are decorated with a traditional fish graphic and an “Enso” graphic respectively. Finishing touches include a woven heel tab with text graphics a contrast black rubber outsole, creating a minimalist shoe design elevated with enduring philosophical considerations and a clean, modern perspective.