German footwear experts Adidas have expanded their iconic ZX Series further this month with a new version of the popular ZX Flux which has been an overwhelming success since its release. The two limited edition new releases have been specially revised for the winter season and feature a brand new pigskin leather outer.
This isn’t the first time the Flux has been updated by the sportswear giants who have already released woven and “Tech Casual” packs to great degrees of success this year. The new harder-wearing look keeps its simplistic, clean look which has become extremely popular and has led to the success of rival silhouettes too like the Nike Roshe Run and the Lacoste Sport Light.
The ZX Flux was first made in tribute to the 1989 ZX 8000 trainer- a design which became part of “sneaker culture” itself after first becoming synonymous with the world’s top athletes. It was the most technologically advanced shoe of its era and every amateur or professional runner alike wanted to be seen wearing a pair- not only because it improved performance, but also because they looked by far the most stylish too. And it was because they looked so good that eventually they made the transition to street-wear where any fashion concious male wanted to get their hands on a pair.
Below: The Torsion bar on the ZX Flux
The ZX Flux essentially has the same biological make-up as its ZX 8000 predecessor but in addition it has a completely stripped back and modernised appearance. Using its midsole and Torsion system for genuine athletic prowess, it substitutes performance enhancing mesh uppers for pigskin leather to give a smart-looking finish. The presence of a heel cage serves as another reminder of where the inspiration to this model came from, whilst the engrained three-stripe motif on the outers of the shoe looks subtle and extra slick on this suede-looking design.
With its release coming at the start of October, it goes without saying that the Flux has been fine tuned for the winter season this time, and unlike its predecessors the NPS is much more ideal for colder conditions because its leather upper gives it much better insulating quality. With two tones of brown available, it just as easy to throw them into an outfit with jeans, jumpers and coats as it is to do so with a pair of chukka boots.
Keeping its weightless feel and clean aesthetics, the new ZX Flux NPS compromises none of the qualities which made the original such a success and it is still a functional shoe at heart. Woven outers are very popular at the minute and you can find two variations of this style at Mainline Menswear too, in versatile blue or grey colourways.
Below: See how David Beckham uses the ZX Flux with different types of sporty and casual outfits.
Shop for the limited edition ZX Flux NPS now in mens sizes 6-11 at Mainline Menswear