Originally released in 1984, the ZX500 was hailed as a technological breakthrough in the athletic world. Heralded for its lightweight mesh uppers, EVA midsole and extended TPU Heal Counter for added stability, the shoe was an instant classic with its streamlined profile, aggressive lines and modern styling.
Building upon the re-worked silhouette featured in the ‘Tabula Rasa’ collection, the third instalment from this season’s Consortium range sees Adidas delve deep into their vast archive to re-issue the iconic ZX500 in its OG colourway. Typical of the Consortium series, the main focus of the design is to utilise premium materials in order to sympathetically add a new, premium dimension to the shoe whilst retaining the original execution. Painstakingly recreated in its OG palette of Ice Grey and Red, this iteration of the ever-popular runner features premium suede overlays on lightweight nylon underlays with a breathable mesh toebox and tonal laceset, as well as the iconic Ghillie lacing system adding a touch of functionality.
The design is brought together with splashes of red on the heel tab and tongue – which houses the subtle Consortium ‘handshake’ branding on the back of a small metal eyelet, hidden on a contrast tag. This considered attention to detail and original design is indicative of how Consortium likes to work – letting the trainer do the talking.
Available from July 21 at end clothing.