adidas Samba Designed for Korean Talchum Dance

Last updated on February 16th, 2024

Korean Talchum Masks

The adidas Samba remains a highly coveted sneaker, boasting a timeless and adaptable design. Looking ahead to a successful 2024, this long-standing silhouette has embraced the colors of "Better Scarlet" and "Preloved Brown" as a tribute to the traditional Korean dance, Talchum.

Talchum, a historical dance that involves wearing masks and often includes singing, is now used to refer to all mask-dance dramas from Korea.

adidas Samba Talchum

Originally, it only applied to dances from Hwanghae Province in present-day North Korea. These dances tell various stories, such as exorcism rites and conflicts between the working class and the elite. The masks used in these dramas represent different characters and play a crucial role in the plot.

adidas Originals has recently unveiled a playful collaboration that combines Korean tradition with the origins of the Samba. The Samba, a high-energy dance and music genre from Brazil, inspired the name of the low-top football shoe that adidas debuted in Brazil before the 1950 World Cup.

adidas Samba 'Talchum'PriceReleaseStyleRetailer
- Preloved Brown/Shadow Brown/Preloved Yellow
- monochromatic appearance
- for Korean Talchum dance
- embroidered mask designs on outer heel
- semi-translucent gum sole
- suede upper
$180~2002023 Dec 21stIG8906Goat

The adidas Samba "Talchum" takes on a predominantly monochromatic appearance. Its upper is crafted from suede, lending a sophisticated touch, and the inclusion of golden "Samba" text on the side adds a luxurious element. The cultural motif is reinforced with embroidered mask designs on the outer heel. The shoe maintains its classic appeal, with the signature semi-translucent gum sole units completing the traditional look.

Take pleasure in viewing official images of the shoes below. At present, you can find the "Talchum" Sambas on adidas.com and in certain international stores. While a release in the United States may occur in the future, it is improbable.

adidas Samba 'Talchum'PriceReleaseStyleRetailer
- Better Scarlet/Off White/Sand Strata
- monochromatic appearance
- for Korean Talchum dance
- embroidered mask designs on outer heel
- semi-translucent gum sole
- suede upper
$180~2602023 Dec 21stIG8905Goat