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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $110
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Fit & Sizing

Previously a women’s exclusive, these kicks inclusion in the Spezial line means that they’re now unisex although based in men’s sizes. The sizes for these shoes range from 5 to 13. Women can still enjoy them of course, provided that they size down by 1.5 sizes from their usual since men’s measurements are much larger and wider.

Adidas ZX 452 SPZL Style

These retro runners contain a classic charm that looks good when paired with jeans, shorts, and other types of bottoms. The Clear Grey/Haze Coral color combination is understated yet polished-looking, a clean colorway that matches well with casual ensembles of all kinds.

  Style Tips

  • Pair these Adidas Originals ZX 452 SPZL kicks with light-colored pants and a blue shirt for a cool and relaxed vibe.
  • Nothing beats the classic blue jeans and white shirt combo. Accessorize with these shoes.

Notable Features

Famed for helping women run on road surfaces in the 80s, these kicks’ lifestyle reincarnations are now making waves in the fashion arena. The classic good looks of the Adidas ZX 452 SPZL are, thankfully, not consigned to the archives anymore but here for us to enjoy. Although the tech features these kicks have may now be obsolete, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re just as comfy as ever and probably even more stylish.

Adidas ZX 452 SPZL History

The ZX 452 came from the famed ZX series that started with the debut of the ZX 500. It was in 1984 when the ZX 500 launched, and it was during this time when technological breakthroughs were being made everywhere.

Jaques Chassaing, who designed most of the ZX shoes, had a goal to create a model for each specific type of runner to tackle different motion problems. The advancements featured in each of the shoe models Adidas churned out completely changed the way the shoe industry looked at the running market. It also revolutionized how running sneakers should look since the ZX 500 started the trend of runners being able to metamorphose into lifestyle shoes when needed.

The 452s were launched three years after the series was born. The shoes were designed for female runners and made for road racing. These had suede and mesh uppers, side and rear enforcements, a Dellinger web covering for dispersing shock, and dual-density outsoles.

The ZX series had more than a dozen silhouettes that ranged from the 3-digit ones to the 4-digit collection. The brand kept aggressively producing model after model for five full years until 1989 when the last of the ZX silhouettes—the ZX 9000—came out.

In 2006, the Adidas brand decided to relaunch the series as lifestyle footwear with four of their most well-loved silhouettes: the ZX 500, ZX 600, ZX 700, and ZX 800 in Patent, Weave, Camo, and Animal applications. After this, it was a simple matter of returning the other models. It would take several more years for the 452 to make a comeback but come back it did on September 20 of 2018. This was made possible by Gary Aspden’s discovery of the rare shoe in his Buenos Aires trip in 2013.

Aside from taking inspiration from the Argentinian ZX 452, the Adidas Spezial ZX 452 also takes some elements from the Yugoslavian-made version, particularly in the Three-Stripes branding.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas ZX 452 SPZL shoes belong to the “Acid Winter” drop of the Spezial’s FW18 collection.
  • The shoes have rubber outsoles, EVA sockliners, and reflective detailing around the toebox.