Adidas ZX Flux Woven History
Adidas lifted an old runner that came from the 16-member ZX family lineage, the ZX8000 and completely re-engineered the toe by taking off the overlays and mudguards. What’s left is a minimalist-looking sneaker with a silhouette of an old runner that carries the distinct heel stabilizer and the Torsion tooling in the sole.
This sneaker with the core of a ZX trainer series gets dressed up with an interlaced coverage that has a highly noticeable reflective stitching which pops anytime of the day. This modified version unveiled in 2014 is named as the ZX Flux Woven.
Today’s Adidas ZX sneaker collection sprung from the time when running became a fad in the US and in other countries around the world. The initial drop was the 1984 high-mileage running shoe with a dual-density EVA foam, an extended heel counter, and heel motion control device called the ZX 500. As this shoe propelled runners to improve on their personal records, Adidas started conceiving more models using the same silhouette with the aim to cover the specific needs of all-terrain road runners, jogging enthusiasts, and competitive runners.
The ZX collection of running shoes started with the hundreds series that stretched to the thousands after the 1988 Olympics. Throughout these progressive years Adidas gave birth to breakthrough technologies such as the Torsion system and the Soft Cell tech that attracted a cult of followers.
The Torsion system started to appear in the ZX 5000 model in 1988 followed by the ZX 4000 and ZX 8000 the following year. This proprietary durable component in the outsole is made of heated synthetic resin.
This light thermoplastic support is laid between the heel and forefoot which serves like a platform that supports the midfoot and allows smooth heel-to-toe transition without putting too much tension on the foot especially during increased movements and strides.
After 25 years from the time the ZX running shoe series was unveiled, Adidas came up with a new look that according to the brand’s design director Sam Handy has a 100 percent DNA of the original shoe in its most clear-cut form. Adidas reworked on the aesthetics of the old trainer, removed the overlays and outer coverage, and introduced this minimalist ZX sneaker in 2014 and called it the ZX Flux. The ZX Flux which arrived as a pack is built with a one-piece photo-printed satin upper. This was followed by the drop of the ZX Flux Woven later the same year in a variety of colored knitted uppers.