The adidas ZX franchise is back. After a slow revival starting in 2017, the ZX series is back in full force, with everyone’s favorite, the ZX8000, leading the way for 2020. Check out some of the new colorways, and features, coming later this year.

adidas ZX running shoes might be one of the most important franchises in the 70+ year history of the Three Sripes. Released in 1986, and discontinued in 1989, the ZX line was built to provide runners with lightweight, durable shoes that featured flexible and adaptive soles. The franchise was a massive success, not only from a technology standpoint, but from a design perspective, as fans of adidas flocked to the ZX family for their casual-wear sneakers. Now, the fan-favorite, the ZX8000 is back in all of its original glory- and a little bit more.

Late in 2019, adidas released a string of ZX8000s, all in the same original “Aqua” colorway. One was a standard released, the second was a “sun-faded” Consortium-only released, and the third appeared to be another modernized standard release – until 43Einhalb got their hands on a pair and cut them in half. With no prior word from adidas, we would never have thought to look. Packed into the heel of the new 2020 iteration of the ZX8000 is a dense pod of Boost, the brand’s now-famous cushioning technology, the very same that gave the brand the ‘boost’ it needed back in 2015 to become what it is today. Fans of the ZX line have been practically begging for this exact release since the technology premiered almost 7 years ago, to have Boost encapsulated inside the regular sole, invisible to the naked eye. While we are very glad to see the brand finally releasing something that seemed like a home run release five years ago, it’s a shame that adidas has made absolutely zero moves to show off the bouncy new addition to the ZX8000. C’est la vie avec adidas.


adidas’s latest batch of colorways of their fan-favorite ZX8000 has not yet been announced for release, though we are expecting to se ethem on retail shelves sometime in the coming weeks. The expected retail price for these pairs will likely be somewhere in the $120-$130 range, and will release from both adidas and select retail partners. Check out a few more colorways below, as well as a screengrab from 43Einhalb’s revealing video of the Boost midsole, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more adidas ZX news.

adidas ZX8000 2020
Release Date: Coming Soon
Price: $130