Adidas ZX Flux ADV Tech History
The ZX 8000 was the first Adidas running shoe ever to feature the legendary Torsion system. Launched in 1988, it has remained as one of the company’s most popular retro runners. With the ZX 8000, Adidas was primarily concerned with cushioning but also managed to produce an intricate combination of futuristic vibes with a classic design.
The ZX 8000 featured bright colorways in response to the current trend at the time for bold colors and space-age design. The shoe had a Ghillie lace system, a brand tag on the tongue, removable inlay insole, and a nylon mesh and synthetic suede upper. The shoe was so hugely popular that it was reissued in 2004, 2009, and 2013, with the latest release veering away a bit from the original with its soft sole and slimmer fit.
In 2014, the ZX Flux series was released, with much of the inspiration behind the shoe based on the ZX 8000. The ZX Flux is basically a stripping down and deconstructing of the ZX 8000 to the bare minimum. It is still a ZX shoe, but the toe overlay, the eyestay and ghillie, and the mudguard of the ZX 8000 were removed.
The Adidas ZX Flux came out mainly in two builds: a mesh one and a satin one with prints and graphics. Several colorways were released for each as well as many variations of the ZX Flux line such as the ZX Flux ADV Tech that debuted in 2016. This particular version reinterpreted the ZX Flux silhouette with new tech elements but kept the simplified heel cage and style of the original ZX Flux.