The team behind the adidas Originals ZX Flux

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Sam Handy, Design Director, and Torben Schumacher, Business Unit Director are the minds behind adidas Originals’ newest creation, the ZX Flux, and so who’s better to speak on the emergence of the latest member of the ZX Family than them.

When it was first released in 1989, the ZX 8000 shoe was more than just a new shoe. Part of the pioneering ZX Family, it was a calculated step forward that captured the hearts of dedicated athletes and street-level casuals the world over. Crucial technologies brought the best performance out of every wearer, such as the innovative SoftCell technology in the heel and the revolutionary Torsion system that allowed free and natural movement of the foot. Moving outside, the now-iconic TPU heel cage provided vital support and a futuristic look that shook the ground from the start.

The true impact of the ZX 8000 shoe, however, was its larger than life looks. The OG Aqua colourway took the sneaker community by storm with contrasting violet panels, bright lemon yellow coloured 3-stripes, and the iconic outsole tooling left a mark that continues to resonate today. Built for the trendsetters looking to turn heads, the shoe would make regular returns throughout the 90s in a range of bold colourways.

25 years on, the ZX 8000 shoe is a testament to the style- conscious creativity & relentless passion that first brought it to the streets, while the ZX’s fusion of innovative new technology and instinctively clean aesthetic continues to create shoes that leave lasting impressions. In the next-generation ZX Flux, the ZX 8000 shoe’s formula takes a brand new direction that strips the excess to the strictly essential.

From the legacy of a futuristic silhouette that dared to be different, the new ZX Flux offers understated style that’s ready to perform – a blank canvas waiting for the mark of the pioneers putting it on.

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