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.