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11 reasons to buy

  • A large number of skaters noted how durable these skateboarding shoes are that despite its thin material it holds well and doesn’t show signs of wear after long time use.
  • Several customers noted how lightweight the Adidas ZX Vulc shoes are that is suited for daily use.
  • Despite its vulcanized construction, some users claimed the shoe felt like a cupsole due to the platform-like midsole and the polyurethane insole.
  • Numerous users claimed the shoe felt comfortable on the toe box even for those with wider or larger feet.
  • A lot of skaters praised the ZX Vulc’s grippy vulcanized rubber that feels like a cupsole with great traction and responsive to movements with almost precision control.
  • Some skateboard fans love the shoe because it can stand to a lot of beating without easily tearing apart.
  • A number of users claimed the one-piece upper works well as its leather lining as it is easy to clean and doesn’t feel chunky with too many overlays.
  • Observers noted how smooth and fine the suede material used for the skating shoe’s upper.
  • A couple of reviewers claimed that despite not looking like a skateboarding shoe it really feels and performs like a reliable skateboarding shoe.
  • Quite a lot observed how stabilized the heel of the sneaker but still comfortable enough with enough foam and a thin cushioning to absorb impact.
  • In terms of board feel, the Adidas ZX Vulc has flexible outsole adjusting well to the board’s shape while the heel stabilizer gives a stable ride and a sense of balance on the board.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers are disappointed by the thin insoles as it becomes uncomfortable when skating for a longer period that they had to replace them with thicker insoles.
  • Some noticed some tearing at the three-stripe leather materials after skating with the shoe for weeks.
  • A few commenters claimed the shoe looks good and performs well even if its aesthetics appears to be that of a running shoe.

Bottom line

Taking the shape of a running shoe, the Adidas ZX Vulc is a specialized skateboarders shoe with a one-piece upper and a vulcanized sole ready for any beating on the streets. Its durability is unquestionable while its comfort is uncompromising, keeping the foot cushioned while riding the board. Its stabilized heel and thin midsole are flexible enough to adjust to the board’s shape.

The lightweight design comes without unnecessary overlays while the vulcanized sole gives superior traction and cupsole performance. For its $75 suggested retail price, it is a good shoe to consider for many skaters wanting a reliable skateboarding shoe and value for their money.



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Adidas ZX Vulc History

The inspiration for the construction of the Adidas ZX Vulc is a popular running shoe in the 1980s – the ZX 750. Taking the silhouette of this iconic 1980s running shoe and revamping it into a superior skateboarding shoe was made possible by adding a vulcanized outsole that improved its grip and provided the needed board feel.

The revamped design was the brainchild of Adidas footwear designer Jesse Rademacher who was tasked to turn the iconic running shoe into a respected skateboarding shoe. Turning a running shoe into a skateboarding sneaker involved providing a stabilized heel, combining suede, mesh and synthetic material for the upper and specific lacing for a secured fit. The skateboarding shoe was officially released mid-2014 to much anticipation of the skateboarding community.

The cushioning in the ZX Vulc was also superior to EVA-cushioned shoes. Another improvement is its new polyurethane insole that aids the cushioning yet maintaining that thin and seamless comfort that results in a superior board feel.

Also notable in Rademacher’s design is the wider toe box that is roomy and spacious allowing different movements while the mesh overlays give it the needed ventilation and breathability. Lastly, it has a dependable arch support with a heel counter preventing the shoe from slipping off while the wearer maneuvers through various board stunts and leaps.

Adidas ZX Vulc Style

The low top skateboarding sneaker comes without an imposing style. Instead of going the route of the silhouette of most skateboarding shoes in the market, Adidas took inspiration from one of its iconic models, the ZX 750, a popular running shoe in the 1980s. The result is a stylish yet unassuming sneaker with mostly suede leather occupying the upper with leather and synthetic accents. The one-piece design features a unique blend of neutral colors in black and grey colorways.

What is also noticeable is the vulcanized rubber outsole with cupsole patterns which does not only look dope but also serves its purpose of superior grip and traction responsive to pedal movements on the board. Several skateboarders who have worn the shoe attests to its longevity as the worn out and creased looks of the shoe give it further appeal for skateboarding shoe lovers.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas ZX Vulc runs true to size with a good lacing system that delivers superior lockdown needed for every skateboard ride. The shoes come in medium-D width for men but with a roomy toe box for additional comfort. Sizes range from US size 6 to 13 for the men.

Notable Features

The Adidas ZX Vulc has a skate-specific vulcanized outsole with a stabilized heel that resembles the shape of a honeycomb for a stabilized and impact-absorption. The forefoot of the midsole is thin for an improved board feels while the heel is well-cushioned for a comfortable ride. Another notable feature of the vulcanized sole is the deep cupsole pattern that really improves the grip while also remaining flexible for an enhanced board feel.

Additional Info

  • The shoe is accented by a signature zigzag 3-Stripes on the side panels and branding details at the tongue and heel.
  • The synthetic coating on the mesh tongue keeps feet cool.
  • Suede and nylon uppers resist wear and blowouts after heavy use.