Adidas ZX930XEQT History
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 98xBYW and the ZX930xEQT.
The Adidas ZX930xEQT comes 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.