Looking like they’ve just bounced in from a late 80’s motorway service station car park, the ZX710 are another welcome example of Adidas’s ‘getting it right’ reissues policy and a pair of trainers you need right now. Virtually Equipment before Adidas started called things Equipment, the ZX710 were as tech-looking as Adidas got, before Adidas went really tech-looking.
When I was younger having Adidas trainers with mesh on the outsole was a big thing. Only dearer trainers like the ZX’s and Oregon’s and others had a mesh sole (I’m no good with names but I trust the comments section will fill up with names of other Adidas models that had a mesh sole. Thanks).
Available from http://www.triads.co.uk/ they’re a faithful reissue of the original and feature soles, mesh (obviously), tongues, a toe-box, laces and all that but just look at the pictures. Available in Green and White (or White Vapour / Fresh Green / Neo White ffs) and Navy (or New Navy / Legend Ink). Made using a combination of weathered suede and breathable textiles and bouncy, bouncy rubber, they’ve undergone a subtle vintage treatment for an authentic aesthetic.
On-point enough to find favour with Palace-wearing E-boys, website-hogging football hooligans and the vintage-bumbag-as-a-shoulder-bag crew alike, the ZX710 tick more boxes than Michelle Keegan holding a multi-pack of salt & vinegar Discos.
Michael Richardson @realsuedeshoes
In about 1986 I used the fee I’d got for appearing in a Welsh language TV programme on a pair of Adidas The Web… Full mesh sole, there’s your starter for 10.