Plenty of classic three-stripe sneakers have released over the course of last years, with iconic retro runners like the EQT line or the return of the UltraBoost 1.0, adidas fans were blessed to the fullest. The adidas A-ZX Series which was kicked off in 2008 returns this year. 26 unique drops from A to Z celebrate the heritage and future of the ZX ‘000 series. Each one is shaped by worldwide collaborations or icons from the adidas archive: one letter, one drop – simple as that.
Make sure to head back to this post regularly so you don’t miss out on the upcoming A-ZX releases.
Letter C: adidas ZX 9000 Concepts (Boston Marathon®)
C is for Concepts, a Boston stronghold in the sneaker world. They were the natural choice to work on a tribute collaboration. Paying homage to Boston and it’s iconic marathon, the metallic silver foil upper and reflective laces nod to the heat blankets that athletes use at the finish line.
Letter D: adidas ZX 8000 Deadhype
Deadhype, an audiovisual branding agency from Berlin, headlines the letter D release of the adidas ZX 8000. The brand’s take on the ZX 8000 reflects Deadhype’s aim to build an open community around underground music by creating a clean and technical look that would look at home on any dance floor across the globe.
Letter H: adidas ZX 7000 HEYTEA
Representing the letter H, this pair is designed in partnership with HEYTEA, the wildly popular Shenzen-based tea company. Signature graphics standout on the breathable mesh upper.
Letter I: adidas ZX 8000 GTX Irak
adidas Originals partners with IRAK NY, the legendary New York City graffiti crew and creative platform for the first time in 12 years. A tribute to this reunion and graffiti culture, the striking ZX 8000 IRAK mimics its predecessors. Colour-blocked hits on the GORE-TEX upper, branded lace jewels and bold branding on the toe box make it an instant classic.
Letter J: adidas ZX 6000 Juventus Turin
A collaboration rooted in football, adidas Originals and Juventus present the ZX 6000 in a refined design. Italian leather in Juventus’ colours with a nod to this year’s 3rd kit shape the upper. Waxy laces and co-branded sock liners round out a unique shoe that blends adidas design codes with football aesthetics.
Letter L: adidas ZX 8000 Lego
Danish toy company, the LEGO Group, brings its instantly recognizable aesthetics to the ZX 8000. Featuring a mesh upper with LEGO® knobs on the heels, co-branded tongue tabs and sock liners round out the look. And because you’re never too old to play, the LEGO brick lace jewels are interchangeable.
Letter N: adidas ZX 5000 National Park Foundation
Offering a special look to the ever-great adidas ZX 5000 silhouette, the shoe is a firm nod to the unique beauty of America’s national parks. Representing the letter ‘N’ this special makeup of the ZX 5000 takes inspiration from Joshua Tree National Park and its striking landscape. The silhouette comes in a tonal pink and purple colorway with subtle orange hits and a CORDURA® nylon upper with nubuck overlays, capped off with Joshua Tree graphics on the tongue and sockliner.
Letter R: adidas ZX 1000 Retro
The first-ever bring-back of the ZX 1000 silhouette features the original colourway with hits of adidas Originals blue on a monochrome synthetic suede and nylon mesh upper. The iconic lime green Torsion lacelock and Torsion bar pay homage to a milestone in late 80’s ZX innovation.
Letter S: adidas ZX 8000 Superstar
adidas Originals brings classic Superstar aesthetics to the ZX 8000: a digital print of the archival Superstar covers the ZX silhouette. The vintage colourway and Superstar iconography on the ZX 8000 fuse two adidas icons.