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The Adidas men's Originals ZX930xEQT shoes are offered by the brand in half and full sizes. The fit is somewhat tight. Going up a half size bigger has been suggested for a perfect fit. 

Women can still rock this amazing hybrid style by subtracting 1 1/2 sizes off their normal shoe measurements. (Since these are men’s kicks, the shoe measurements are bigger and wider than women’s. A size difference of 1.5 between the men’s and women’s sizes is standard for true to size shoes.)

The cream of the Never Made crop, as one user describes the Adidas ZX930XEQTs. We can’t argue with that. The shoes are definitely standouts, in terms of quality, comfort, and most especially, style. 

Like with other silhouettes of the Never Made Pack, the men's Adidas ZX930xEQTs are just as easy to style. The clothing you can pair with these kicks can run from sporty to casual. Tracksuits or joggers and a tee blend well with these shoes but so do selvedge denim jeans and polo/button-up shirts. The trick lies in the confidence you wear along with these kicks. Have enough and just about any outfit you wear will look good. 

  Sample style guide

  • Adidas ZX930xeqt shoes in the Triple Black colorway can be paired with slim fit black joggers, an extra long white shirt, and a black and white bomber jacket for a street-style look.
  • The green with silver metallic colorway looks good with jeans, a grey tee, and a denim jacket for a laidback casual fashion.
  • White Zx930xEQT kicks would match well with beige pants, a black shirt, and a beige jacket if you want to look a bit trendy and somewhat more formal than your usual style.
  • The shoes in black would look nice with black pants, a dark blue shirt, and a black leather vest for a comfy, leisurely style with a hint of edge.

Two legendary shoes from the 80s and 90s are combined to make this excellent silhouette, and the mix has turned out to be exceptional. The EQT tooling of the shoes with the responsive Boost midsoles provide an excellent balance of stability and energy return.

All materials were also carefully selected to be as durable as possible. In the words of one user, “these shoes are built to last.” With heavy-duty mesh uppers and high-grade brushed suede overlays, we tend to agree.

Adidas’ much-talked-about Never Made collection debuted in October 2018. The Pack features eight hybrid sneakers that come from the brand’s influential 70s to 90s era. Three models each belong to the 70s and 80s series while two come from the 90s. The line combined classic models from the brand’s deep archives and combined them with contemporary or futuristic soles to create silhouettes that are both old and new.

From the 70s period came the I-5923x4D, the Marathonx5923, and the Adidas CountryxKamanda models. The shoes from this series, also called The Line of Descent, featured retro uppers resting upon ultra modern soles including one with 4-D carbon printed tooling. 

The 80s series, which was called the Genealogy of NMD, is composed of the Micropacer, Rising Star, and the Boston Super silhouettes. All three of these classic shoes were tweaked and their uppers placed on top of NMD R1 soles. 

The last series, The Genetically Modified 90s, featured popular models from the 90s that made use of either the Boost You Wear or EQT tooling. The two shoes included in this collection are the 98xBYWs and the ZX930xEQTs.

Classic roots

The Adidas ZX930xEQTs come from two sneaker models. One is the ZX930, of the ZX series fame, which debuted in 1988 as a training shoe made for all types of terrain. The ZX silhouette featured nylon and suede uppers with lateral suede reinforcements and dual-density PU soles for shock absorption. 

The other shoe that makes up the new hybrid Never Made sneaker is the Adidas EQT which was first seen in 1991. The EQT (for Equipment) was purposely designed to do away with everything unnecessary to focus on function and performance. This silhouette was purposely made from scratch, and essential elements were deliberately emphasized rather than fashion. 

The original EQT sneakers used Torsion technology and had lightweight strips that not only formed a Three Stripes branding on the sides but also functioned as a midfoot support system for the shoes. The first sneakers to drop had a white, green, and black color scheme although several more would come out in the years proceeding. 

This 1991 launch was so successful that it would spawn a whole new line of shoes for Adidas that spans across several sports. The EQT sneakers were especially famous in Germany’s East Berlin where, right after the wall that divided the free capitalist West from the East came crashing down, having a pair of EQT sneakers somehow affirmed or bettered your socioeconomic standing. 

2018’s Adidas Originals ZX930xEQT

For its Never Made mashup collection, Adidas Originals took the EQT midsole and the running profile of the ZX 930, threw in Boost cushioning, and added in modern comfort in the form of an OrthoLite sockliner. The result is a solid shoe that is a perfect blend of retro style and current tech. 

  • The colorways of the Adidas ZX930xEQT include running white/cloud white, triple black, and Future Hydro F10/silver metallic/ash silver. 


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