From our friends at adidas:

First hitting the streets in 1989, the ZX8000 was more than just a new shoe. Part of the progressive ZX ‘000 series, the shoe captured the hearts of dedicated athletes and street level casuals the world over with its futuristic design and forward thinking technologies.

The ZX8000 was a calculated and considered shoe, designed to bring the best performance out of every wearer with SoftCell technology in the heel for optimal cushioning on contact and a brand new Torsion system outsole that offered free independent movement of the forefoot and heel.

That being said, what really took the sneaker community by storm was the ZX 8000’s bold design and big looks.

The OG Aqua colorway’s contrasting panels of violet and lemon yellow within the 3-Stripes mark and now-iconic outsole tooling left an impression on the landscape that still resonate even today. Feet firmly on the ground, the shoe would make regular returns throughout the 90s in vivid colorways that never failed to set the streets alight.

A testament to the style-conscious creativity & pioneer spirit that runs through the entire ZX Series, the ZX 8000’s daring fusion of innovative new technology and instinctively clean aesthetics culminated in a shoe that left lasting impressions. From athletics to aesthetics, from record breakers to beat makers, it’s a shoe that lives and breathes the cultures that gave it life.