Summary

We spent 7.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several customers note how lightweight the Adidas ZX Vulc shoes are.
  • Numerous users claim the shoe feels comfortable on the toe box even for those with broader or larger feet.
  • A large number of skaters note how durable these skateboarding shoes are.
  • A lot of skaters praise the ZX Vulc’s grippy vulcanized rubber sole that feels like a cupsole with its platform-like midsole and the polyurethane insole.  
  • Some users claim that the one-piece upper works well with its leather lining as it is easy to clean and doesn’t feel chunky.
  • A couple of reviewers claim that despite not looking like a skateboarding shoe it feels and performs like a regular skateboarding shoe.
  • Quite a lot observe how stabilized the heel of the sneaker but still comfortable enough with enough foam and a thin cushioning to absorb impact.
  • Regarding board feel, others have noted that the Adidas ZX Vulc has flexible outsole adjusting well to the board’s shape.
  • The heel stabilizer gives a stable ride and a sense of balance on the board, according to other reviews.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers are disappointed by the thin insoles as it becomes uncomfortable when skating for an extended period.
  • Some noticed some tearing at the Three-Stripe leather materials after skating with the shoe for weeks.

Bottom line

Taking the shape of a running shoe, the Adidas ZX Vulc sneaker is among Adidas' specialized skateboarding shoes 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.

The lightweight design comes without additional overlays while the vulcanized sole gives superior traction and cupsole performance. 

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Adidas ZX
Closure: Laces
Designer: Jacques Chassaing
Material: EVA, Nylon, Suede, Vulc Sole
Price: $75
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Multi, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 7/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 9/10
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The Adidas ZX Vulc has good lacing system that delivers superior lockdown needed for every skateboard ride. The shoes also have a roomy toe box for added comfort. This is exclusively available for men but women may also opt to wear these shoes by buying equivalent sizes of 1.5 sizes down from their usual size.

The low top skateboarding sneaker comes without a grand 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 favorite 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, white, blue, 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.

Adidas Skateboarding is a newcomer in the footwear industry, but its foray into the skate culture has already made a mark with the Adidas ZX Vulc sneaker. The Adidas ZX Vulc has a subdued look that can be styled for both men and women. While the Adidas ZX Vulc is a men’s sneaker, it can also be worn by women since its colorways are not too bright and overwhelming.

The black, grey, blue and white colorways of the ZX Vulc sneaker effortlessly blend with any casual street-style clothing from relaxed-fit jeans to walking shorts, a tank top or a graphic t-shirt. Wear the Adidas ZX Vulc shoes with thrasher staple clothing like loose black shirts and snapback caps for that cool board riding fashion.

The Adidas ZX Vulc shoe has a skate-specific vulcanized outsole with a stabilized heel that resembles the shape of a honeycomb for secured impact-absorption. Its upper’s suede material and double stitching also help prevent abrasion and ensure durability while in use.

The forefoot of the ZX Vulc’s midsole is thin for improved board feels while the heel is well-cushioned for a comfortable ride. Another notable feature of the vulcanized sole sneaker is the deep cupsole pattern that genuinely improves the grip while also remaining flexible for an enhanced board feel.

The inspiration for the construction of the Adidas ZX Vulc is a favorite 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.

  From running to skateboarding

The revamped design was the brainchild of Adidas Originals footwear designer Jesse Rademacher who was tasked to turn the iconic running shoe into a respected skateboarding shoe. Turning the iconic Adidas ZX 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 ZX Vulc skateboarding shoe was officially released mid-2014 to much anticipation of the skateboarding community.

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

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

  Popular colorways and skate-specific uses

As part of the famous Adidas ZX line, the Adidas ZX Vulc skateboarding shoe comes in appealing colorways aimed mostly for the male skaters.  The Adidas Originals release came out in several colors such as the Adidas ZX Vulc in black, Adidas ZX Vulc in grey, Adidas ZX Vulc in white, and Adidas ZX Vulc in blue colorways.

The black, grey, blue, and white colorways are all easy to pair with various clothing and retain the minimalist and subtle color treatment of the 1980s ZX 750 running shoe. What endears the skate community to the Adidas ZX Vulc skate shoe is its skate-specific uses as the low-top sneaker are best used in performing jumps and tricks. Vertical and in-line skateboarding is done effortlessly and smoothly because of the fantastic grip of the gum rubber cupsole.

The retro runner looks of the Adidas ZX Vulc skateboarding sneaker is also evident in the overall design with the flat-stitched sued and perforated leather upper with iconic Three-Stripes branding detail. The smooth leather material and suede tongue are also beautifully accented by a metal Adidas Trefoil badge.

Improved cushioning also made this skate-specific Adidas ZX Vulc sneaker a favorite of the skateboarding culture because of the padded textile lining that assures that the feet are pampered with plush comfort while navigating skate parks and city streets.

  • The Adidas ZX Vulc skate shoe is accented by a signature zigzag Three-stripes on the side panels and branding details at the tongue and heel.
  • The plastic coating on the mesh tongue and the perforations all over the upper keeps feet cool.
  • Suede and nylon uppers in the Adidas Originals ZX Vulc resist wear and blowouts after heavy skateboarding use.

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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.

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