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2020 has been a strange year for many, but for Heitor Da Silva, it was the year of his debut adidas signature colorway on the newly released Forum '84 ADV. With limited opportunities to travel and create, the adidas, Palace and Parade rider went through the sampling and testing process and filmed a video clip, all whilst adhering to local restrictions. He ducked out to Athens, Greece to film the above part with Austin Bristow and went through some thorough testing of his colorway in Los Angeles back in February.
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Low Shoes - Core Black / Ftwr White / Gold Met
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Shoes - Cloud White / Scarlett / Cloud White
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Shoes - Ftwr White / Core Black / Ftwr White
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Shoes - Maroon / Chalk White / Gold Metallic
adidas Skateboarding Puig Shoes - Ftwr White / Bluebird / Vivid Red
adidas Skateboarding Shmoofoil Slides - Hazy Orange / Cloud White / Cloud White
adidas Skateboarding Maite Samba ADV Shoes - Core Black / Cloud White / Core Black
adidas Skateboarding Nora Gazelle ADV Shoes - Cloud White / Soft Vision / Gum
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Shoes - Core Black / Ftwr White / Vivid Red
adidas Skateboarding Aloha Super Shoes - Halo Silver / Ftwr White / Core Black
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Vintage Shoes - Core Black / Core Black / Chalk White
adidas Skateboarding Shmoofoil Slide - Core Black / Cloud White / Cloud White
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Shoes - Core Black / Ftwr White / Gum 4
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Jones Shoes - Core Black / Scarlet / Gold Met
Adidas City Cup Shoe - Black/Black
ADIDAS 3MC Shoe - Navy/White
“I skated in the adidas Originals Forum a few years ago and loved them. I love classic basketball shoes for the look, durability and comfort" Heitor states. So when the opportunity came to refine the original for skateboarding, it was more than a pleasure. "The design process was fun and surreal - so happy I got to be a part of bringing the Forum back for skateboarding."
Some of the touches Heitor made were to improve the skate durability of the shoe, adding a double-layered toe cap, full-grain leather upper and a grippier gum sole that also lends to the classic 90s skate shoe look. Once a mesh tongue for better breathability and the all-important molded sockliner were sorted, it came down to the hardest part, choosing the colors.
With a purple, white, black colorway idea in his mind, early samples were created. You can see this first inspiration in the photos from February below. This first iteration then got refined throughout the year, finalizing on a deeper purple as the mainstay color with black and white adding accents for contrast. Being somewhat away from the primary colors of many skate shoes, it's a unique take on the signature colorway and one that Heitor is particularly proud to wear.
All Photography: Zander Taketomo
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