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Adidas ZX 700: running shoe released in 1985

The Adidas ZX 700 is a running shoe that was released in 1985, and replaced the ZX 500; which was released in the previous year. The ZX range of running shoes is still evolving - the most recent ZX shoe is the ZX Flux - and has been at the forefront of introducing Adidas running technologies; like the Torsion System.

ZX 700 in a red, cream and white upper, in fabric and suede overlays. The rear of the ZX 700, with a trefoil logo on the heel and on the midsole. ZX 700 midsole, pictured in the arch section and with adidas printed into the midsole section.

The Adidas ZX 700 is now part of Adidas' heritage range of shoes (Originals) and is referred to as a "retro runner" by Adidas. While the ZX 700 is still suitable for road running, there are superior options available; that features cutting-edge Adidas running technologies like Boost. Therefore, the ZX 700 is viewed by Adidas as a shoe suitable for casualwear rather than for performance / sporting activities. The most notable feature of the ZX 700 is the extra large midsole cushioning: the midsole is an injection-moulded EVA midsole that provides excellent comfort for long-distance running, and is also lightweight. The upper of the ZX 700 is a combination of nylon mesh fabric and pigskin nubuck overlays; the nylon mesh makes the shoe lightweight, and the suede provides structure and durability. The outersole is a gum rubber that also includes a toe guard.