Size and fit

The Xeno Adidas ZX Flux is available in both men's and women's sizes. Like most Adidas sneakers, it has a low-top construction for flexible foot movement and a lace-up closure system for an adjustable yet secure fit. A TPU heel counter provides extra support and stability. On the tongue is a central loop tab that helps keep it in place. 

Adidas ZX Flux Xeno Style

Shadowing the silhouette of the Adidas ZX Flux shoes, this Xeno version exhibits a low-top construction with an adjustable lace-up closure. It flaunts an iridescent snakeskin pattern on its upper which makes it indeed a one-of-a-kind and a head-turner, especially when it lights up once hit with light or camera flashes.

The Adidas ZX Flux is one of the trendiest Three Stripes shoes today that anyone can easily rock from day to night, and its Xeno rendition is no exception. Available in black and silver or gray, both men and women could wear their Adidas ZX Flux sneakers with any set of casual or sporty outfits like a pair of pin-rolled jeans, jogger pants, or shorts and a casual shirt.

Notable Features

As based on the original ZX Flux shoes that released in 2014, this Xeno rendition also features a Torsion System, welded Three Stripes, and a TPU heel cage. However, what sets it apart from the base model are a few design and material upgrades.

  Design upgrades from the Adidas ZX Flux sneakers

The Adidas ZX Flux Xeno is one of the many upgraded versions of the 2014 ZX Flux silhouette along with the Adidas ZX Flux Weave, Adidas ZX Flux Primeknit, Adidas ZX Flux ADV, Adidas ZX Flux 5/8, and more. Its design took inspiration from a non-venomous Xenopeltis snake which originates in Southeast Asia and known for its strikingly iridescent scales.

This limited-edition low-top is unique in its way and stands out from the rest of other ZXF renditions due to its iridescent finish that illuminates once hit with lights. There are snake design details all over the shoe such as its snakeskin upper, the snake illustration on the underside of the tongue, and the snake eye design on the outsole.

Adidas ZX Flux Xeno History

The Adidas ZX line has been around since the late ‘80s that started with technologically advanced running shoes like the ZX 500, ZX 600, ZX 8000, ZX 9000, and several more others. In 2014, the latest addition to the ZX line, the ZX Flux, was introduced.

The ZX Flux is the first in the whole line of ZX shoes designed to balance sporty performance and street-ready style. It retains the DNA of the original ZX shoes while keeping its design in a minimal approach. Other features of the original were scraped off, but the essentials like the TPU heel stabilizer and the Torsion bar remained. The one-piece upper, however, is a brand new feature.

In 2015, the Adidas Originals released its Xeno Collection that includes three silhouettes – the Superstar, the Attitude Hi, and the ZX Flux. Introduced through this collection is the Xeno technology, a light-responsive technology from Adidas which makes the shoe "light up" once hit with flash. The designs were inspired by a snake with highly iridescent scales – the Xenopeltis snake, hence the name Xeno. Although the brand has been known for incorporating snakeskin patterns into its Adidas shoe line-up, the Xeno collection takes the brand to another level.

  Adidas ZX Flux Xeno Releases

  Adidas ZX Flux Xeno “Black”

Adidas Originals unveiled its Xeno technology through three of its highly sought models - the Adidas Superstar, the Adidas Attitude Hi, and the Adidas ZX Flux just in time for the NBA All-Star Weekend on February 13, 2015. The Adidas ZX Flux Xeno "Black," in particular, initially released in limited quantities via select Adidas Originals retailers for $120 a pair. Another release of this colorway was made in August of the same year. The shoe features an all-black upper that "illuminates" into multiple colors.

  Adidas ZX Flux Xeno “Silver”

Following the success of the black ZX Flux Xeno shoes, Adidas Originals unveiled another colorway that likewise caught the attention of consumers especially Three Stripes fanatics. Released officially in April 2015 alongside a restock of the first colorway is the Adidas ZX Flux Xeno "Silver" sneakers. Like the Adidas ZX Flux Xeno black, these shoes retail for $120.

The textured upper features a monochromatic silver or gray color that radiates a spectrum of rainbow colors once hit by camera flashes. The reinforced TPU heel cage comes in a slightly darker shade of gray, while the entire upper sits atop a white rubber midsole and a black outsole. Sealing off the clean aesthetic is a pair of complementing gray lace and contrasting Three Stripes overlays in black (which also illuminates when exposed to light).

Additional Info

  • The Xeno version of the Adidas ZX Flux bears 3M reflective details on the tongue and along the heel.
  • The tongue also exhibits the Adidas Trefoil logo.
  • These shoes feature the Torsion technology, which provides arch support while allowing forefoot and heel flexibility.
  • Other retailers call this shoe the Adidas ZX Flux ‘Xeno Borealis.'


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