Before the introduction of the Equipment range in 1991, the legendary ZX range of footwear represented the apex of Adidas’ technological output. Originally available from 1984 through 1989, the comprehensive selection of running silhouettes was intended to cover the needs of every category of runner, lightweight road racing, stability, intensive daily training, recreational exercise, and so on, under a single banner. One, defining tech feature of the ZX range that carried across multiple models was the innovative Torsion system, a TPU arch that created a bridge between the heel and forefoot, allowing the front and rear of the foot to respond and adapt to surfaces independently of one another. Torsion is no mere retro touch either; the technology is still utilized by Adidas performance models today.
Of course, Adidas being Adidas, and the 1980s being the 1980s, this cornucopia of performance technology was presented in a sleek, ultra-stylish package that made waves far beyond the field of running. The ZX range remains one of the most iconic pieces of the entire three stripes archive to this day, thanks to its adoption by the trendsetting 80s soccer casuals, which made ZX models must have footwear from Aberdeen to Zagreb.
Adidas celebrates the 30th anniversary of Torsion with a series of running favorites from the ZX range, by going all the way back to 1989. Other than the addition of 30th anniversary branding on the lace jewel and insole, the ZX 5000, ZX 6000, ZX 7000 and ZX 9000 feature the original colorways and materials sported when they introduced Torsion to the world of performance running footwear, right down to the color coded features Adidas employed. Blue represented cushioning, green guidance, and yellow support; with the idea of the ZX being a shoe for every running level and need contained in one range of product, this made for countless, memorable colorways over the years. Take a cue from the circa 1989 ZX ad campaign, and say I Want, I Can to these anniversary reissues.
adidas Consortium ZX 5000 (ZX Thousands Pack)