The Heritage and Future of the Adidas A-ZX Series

September 29, 2020

The Heritage and Future of the Adidas A-ZX Series

In 1984, adidas created its first ever running franchise. The ZX quickly became known among hardcore runners and sneakerheads alike thanks to its innovative Torsion technology and eye-catching colorways.

Two decades after, adidas Originals launched “A-ZX,” a global collaboration series spanning 26 partners on 26 unique drops, one for each letter of the alphabet — a move that effectively helped adidas capture the spirit of collaborations in 2008 and 2009.

This year, adidas Originals brings it back once again, this time featuring collaborations with forward-thinkers from art, food, retail, sports, and toys, to reimagine its rich archive. As the series continues until 2021, we would like to highlight some of the releases available in our store: 

ZX 1000 Retro

The inaugural release from the A-ZX series is ‘R’, standing for RETRO, a tribute to the iconic ZX 1000C model from the late ‘80s. Purchase here.

ZX 8000 atmos

‘A’ is for Atmos, one of the most legendary sneaker boutiques in Japan. Kicking it off with a bang, atmos provides a typically bold and futuristic take on the ZX 8000. Purchase here.

ZX 5000 ‘Joshua Tree’

Representing the letter ‘N’ for the National Park Foundation, this special makeup of the ZX 5000 sneaker draws inspiration from the expensive beauty of Joshua Tree. Purchase here.

 

ZX 9000 Concepts

‘C’ is for Boston-based boutique Concepts. This unique take on the ZX 9000 acts as a Boston Marathon® tribute shoe, featuring a metallic silver foil upper and reflective laces as a nod to the heat blankets that athletes use at the finish line. Purchase here.

ZX 8000 DeadHYPE

‘D’ is for DeadHYPE, an audiovisual branding agency based in Berlin whose aim is to build an open community around underground music. Their take on the ZX 8000 is reminiscent of army surplus trainers from the '80s. Purchase here.

ZX 8000 Superstar

‘S’ is for the Superstar. These adidas ZX 8000 Shoes feature an allover superimposed graphic of the adidas Superstar sneakers; a graphic collision to celebrate a very special anniversary: 50 years of the iconic silhouette. Purchase here.