Size and fit

The Adidas ZX Torsion is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. It has a regular fit. Mesh and suede materials make up the upper construction. A traditional lace-up closure (with three TPU eyestays) fastens it up and locks down the feet in place with an adjustable fit.

Moreover, the model has a low profile, which allows the ankles to retain a full range of motion in each stride. Its tongue and collar are well-padded to support the ankles. 

Adidas ZX Torsion Style

Running-inspired, the fresh ZX Torsion looks at home in the streets. The slightly bulky retro silhouette looks powerful enough to pop out in any type of outfits—the casual, sporty, and athleisure. Men and women can pair these with jeans, joggers, sweatpants, and even shorts. For a top, a tee-shirt or any activewear can finish the look.

These ZX Torsion shoes come in a small yet dazzling variety of colorways. They debuted in the “Bright Cyan” colorway (bright cyan/linen green/blue, with a neon orange sock liner). Now, one can grab them in more colorways, such as core black/core black/chalk white, grey two/grey two/chalk white, core black/orange/bold green, and white solar reds. They also have floral versions.

Notable Features

This new iteration retains the timeless ZX retro silhouette of the ’80s, but it has a couple of twists of its own. Here are the new additions, which are made from update materials: 3M reflective detailing, quilted mesh base, premium suede leather overlays, cream midsole with transparent plugs, and a unique outsole tooling.

Still, all those are on top of this model’s superb tech features, which truthfully run the shoe. The Boost cushioning is concealed within an EVA cup tooling, and the transparent X-shaped Torsion stability bridge lies under the shoe. With all these features combined, the ZX Torsion is a well-crafted, well-calculated model.

Adidas ZX Torsion History

The ZX Torsion has a deep running heritage, which dates back in the early-to-mid 1980s, where the running fad swept the American continent. The ZX 500 (the first of the ZX line) is focused on targeting not only one type of runner, like the other brands did, but rather three (e. g. marathons and all-terrains).

That resulted in an interestingly bulky shape that surprisingly exudes a unique style. This silhouette, which was designed by Jacques Chassaing, has stood out during its time—eventually, inevitably, becoming an iconic classic, from which a family of sneakers now derived. Throughout the years, the Three Stripes churned out ZX different silhouettes, each with their distinctive look and technologies. The ZX Torsion has two cutting-edge technologies from the past and the present.

First off, the ZX Torsion has the Torsion technology from the late ’80s. The Torsion is a TPU shank placed under the arch area, which makes the forefoot and rearfoot move independently, thus getting more stability. Combine that with the brand’s 2013 groundbreaking Boost cushioning technology. Boost is made of little capsules, which have massive cushioning and energy-return properties, put together to create an unbelievably bouncy, responsive midsole.

All that considered, the ZX Torsion has indeed brought the ZX series to a whole new level, paving a new path into the future by fusing the past and the present, and pushing things forward for Adidas.  

Additional Info

  • The 3M reflective detailing is placed on the toe box and the hee tab, giving upper some bright flash.
  • It comes with two extra laces (of different colors) for added styling options.
  • Torsion branding is present in the laces, back portion of the tongue, and outsole tread.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Zx, Adidas Boost
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Jacques Chassaing
Material: Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric

Compare popularity Interactive

Compare the popularity of another shoe to Adidas ZX Torsion:

Adidas ZX Torsion unboxing and on-feet videos

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.