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7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous buyers find this trainer to be very comfortable.
  • Many sneaker fans note that the Adidas ZX 8000 fits true to size.
  • The majority of the users love the closeness to the OG colorway.
  • The vibrant light aqua and shock yellow color variation are well-received by several reviewers.
  • This shoe’s Torsion feature provides stability, says one user.
  • Various sneaker wearers are fans of how lightweight the ZX8000 feels on the feet.
  • A great number of shoe wearers appreciate the padded tongue and collar that provide much needed cushioning.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few of the purchasers describe how the midfoot area felt slightly narrow. 
  • One user shared that this shoe does not have enough breathability and has felt his feet get a little bit hot after wearing a few hours.

Bottom line

This Adidas ZX 8000 retro is a great iteration of the 1989 release. Incorporated with Boost technology, this lace-up trainer offers more comfort and stability than the original model. It also helps that color resemblance is very much like the OG and makes shoe hunters feel like they have purchased the original sneaker. Sneaker fans can get a hold of this classic silhouette at a great value for its price.


Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas ZX
Closure: Laces
Designer: Jacques Chassaing
Material: EVA, Mesh, Rubber Sole, Suede
Price: $120
Colorways: Beige, Brown, Grey, Purple
Small True to size Large
Tight Loose
Neutral Stable
Stiff Flexible
Warm Breathable
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 7/10
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The low top Adidas ZX 8000 is released exclusively in men’s sizing. The 3-prong plastic eyelets ensure the tightness of the flat laces for a snug fit. Located on the upper medial are two lace holes for a tighter or looser fit depending on the wearer’s needs. The padded inner toebox affords an extended comfort.

The Adidas ZX series has carved a niche for itself in the sneaker industry. Although initially created to cater to the varying runner categories, sneaker collectors who are not necessarily hardcore runners themselves, have been eager to cop one from any of the collection.

Of the collection, the ZX8000 is one of the most coveted models mostly for aesthetical representation. Released in 1989 in the OG aqua blue, sand, purple and silver reflective colorway was well-received by every individual who wanted a comfortable, stylish and durable footwear. 

With this current release’s unique yet vibrant clear aqua/ light aqua/ shock yellow color combination on this model, one can easily wear this with denim, jogger pants, shorts, and even any running outfit.

While not visible, the cushioning on the feet can be felt because of the added Adidas Boost technology -- a process where thermoplastic urethane pellets are compressed and molded to form the midsole. Among the standouts are; (1) the brighter blue mesh that creates a reflective illusion when hit by light; and (2) the shocking yellow that flashes the brand’s stripes and the padded lining on the collar.

The ZX collection debuted in 1984 when running was the craze. Adidas launched the ZX series to cater to various runners’ needs be it long-distance, roadrunners, all-terrain or even joggers. 

When the brand launched the Torsion System in 1988, it paved the way for the company to be recognized not only in the running industry but in other fields of sports as well. 

The Torsion System is arch support that enables the wearer to move the forefoot and rearfoot independently which provides for better surface stability and superior smooth heel-to-toe transition. It also allows the feet to adapt to different running surfaces without stressing the foot through excess motion.

Culturally, the ZX collection was synonymous with rave and acid house music in Manchester and Berlin between 1988 and 1989. People attending these music festivals were on the lookout for durable yet comfortable shoes to keep up with their dancing feet. And the ZX delivered this need. Not only did it support much cushioning, but the color variations were also on-point to the whole musical genre it appealed to. The androgynous color combination and the simple silhouette attracted to both men and women.

Since the first release, there have only been two retros released with the OG colorway.

  Adidas ZX 8000 (2013)

  • Darker color hues than the original design.
  • It featured an embroidery of ZX 8000 on the mid-panel.
  • The outsole was EVA foam.
  • The 3-ring plastic eyelet has the same blue tone as the lace overlays.
  • The logo on the padded tongue is yellow against a purple background.
  • The branding “adidas” is embedded in blue-green color.

  Adidas ZX 8000 (November 2019)

  • An Adidas consortium limited edition released last November 2019 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ZX series.
  • It has a much more muted color scheme of the original to create an aged look.
  • The light yellow trefoil logo is embroidered on a light aqua backdrop 
  • The branding “adidas” is embedded in a purple hue.
  • Has Boost technology.

Ever since its first release in 1989, the Adidas ZX8000 has been one of the most sought-after models from runners and sneaker collectors alike.

  • To celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary, this current model has the words “I Can” on the right shoe and “I Want” on the left. 
  • The words “I Can I Want” slogan was attached with the launching of the ZX footwear series in the 80s. 
  • The creed reaches out to the wearer as a motivation to keep going no matter what the challenges lie ahead. 
  • Unlike the original and 2013 versions, this release has Boost technology which makes the outsole feel softer; keeping the feet pain-free from running or prolonged walking.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.