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.
Earlier this year, As part of the ongoing, 30th anniversary Torsion festivities, Adidas made the hearts of longtime three stripes fanatics leap for joy with OG colorway reissues of the ZX 5000, ZX 6000, ZX 7000 and ZX 9000. To cap off the anniversary reissues, Adidas has resurrected the OG form of the ZX model conspicuous by its earlier absence, the legendary ZX 8000. The aqua, purple and yellow colorway is the apotheosis of the late 80s, and a fitting finale to the ZX anniversary reissue series.
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