Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas ZX Torsion has the fusion of old-school and new-school silhouette that has impressed and captivated the eyes of dozens of shoppers. 
  • Many testers find walking in these sneakers a great pleasure—an incredibly cushioned and padded, firm and stable ride.
  • Several customers daresay that it is among the Adidas sneakers with premium materials, particularly noting how beautiful and well-made the suede overlays are.
  • The curious baseline gap in the midsole adds a unique, innovative touch, according to an in-depth review.
  • Another reviewer also likes how its outsole tooling takes inspiration from other ZX models such as the ZX 8000.
  • More than a handful of users are surprised by the brilliant contrast of colors that pops out and catches the eye.
  • The Adidas ZX Torsion stands among the best of the ZX series, up there with the ZX 500 RM, according to various reviewers. 
  • Several wearers share how the ZX Torsion has drawn them compliments from people when they have the pair on feet.
  • A few customers prefer this type of Boost midsole over the ZX 500 RMs and Deerupt runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • More than a handful of users express the need for more colorways for their collection.
  • The toe box feels a little too wide to several wearers.

Bottom line

Adidas once again reimagines the ’80s ZX series and introduces another splendid iteration. Labeled under the Originals umbrella, the Adidas ZX Torsion is a high-tech, compelling approach, which doesn’t only enliven the ZX series but also innovates it.

It pairs up the modern Boost technology with the timeless Torsion bar system, resulting in modern-day levels of comfort, energy return, and stability. Its distilled silhouette is dressed up in the mesh, suede, and updated materials.

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Good to know

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

  • 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.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.