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adidas Originals ZX Series: A Short History

At the heart of footwear innovation lies running. After the early years of white canvas sport club sneakers, it was running that demanded the need for shoes with more cushion and better materials. More often than not major brands debut their latest advancements in running silhouettes and then later install them elsewhere. In this respect, adidas has been no different, and it's their legendary ZX series that paved the way for the adidas we know today. 

Debuted in 1984, the ZX Series of running models was made to offer something for everyone. Each model in the line was designed for different running needs and aimed to cover everything from trail to long-distance running. When the ZX line launched into the 1000 models, however, it took adidas footwear technology to new heights.

Designed by Jacques Chassaing, the 1988 ZX 5000 debuted adidas Torsion system which allowed a runner’s heel and forefoot to move freely while still providing support and stability. Torsion’s ability to be beneficial to athletes across a variety of supports, made it ideal for tennis and basketball shoes as well. Today, over 30 years after its debut, the adidas Torsion system is still found in the Three Stripes most technologically advanced footwear. 

This month adidas launched the “30 Years of Torsion” pack and brought back the original ZX 1000s models. The pack concludes on August 31st with the re-release of the ZX 9000 back in its original colorway.