adidas Originals‘ ZX 2K 4D has veered towards the colorful end of the spectrum in its brief time on the market thanks to makeups like the “Heatmap” and “Dash Green” — but now it’s dialing things back a notch with a “Core Black” colorway. Using a classic, crisp 4D color combo and mixing timeless adidas ZX style with modern-day 4D tech at a palatable price point, the “Core Black” is the latest step in the normalization of adidas’s 3D-printed offerings.
Coated entirely in a pitch black shade, the uppers are made of fused mesh with taped seam-style details on the toebox and the midfoot’s Three Stripe graphic. Jagged ZX plastic overlays appear on the forefoot, around the eyestays and on the heel clip. The only deviation from this mesh-and-synthetic material mix is a strip of suede that runs up the heel, while a tonal Trefoil logo appears on the tongue above flecked laces.
Moving to the lower half, latticed midsoles are dressed in a familiar “Aero Green” hue. From a construction standpoint they’re built by way of adidas’s patented Digital Light Synthesis process, which uses nothing more than light, oxygen and liquid resin. To round things off, the rubber outsoles use a ZX-style traction pattern.