adidas Originals is introducing an all-new, yet oddly familiar silhouette to its roster of ZX shoes — the ZX 5K BOOST Lerna in “Silver Metallic/Cream White/Solar Red.”
Drawing inspiration from the ZX 5000 — hence the name 5K — we find similarities between the two with touches on the new iteration appearing more contemporary and futuristic in style. For example, the rubber and synthetic suede heel cup is styled in the shape of the original, but appears like a molded piece rather than a stuck-on extra as it is on the older style. The Three Stripes are also updated in “Silver Metallic,” and instead of being woven into the mesh, they’re printed onto the mesh in a reflective finish.
Elsewhere, adidas Originals crafts the entire front section from micromesh and uses suede panels for structural integrity, while more mesh has been used for the tongue where fabric D-loops hold rope laces and a dragon-displaying dubrae. The idea of a dragon further inspires the shoe with fiery “Solar Red” touches hitting up the aforementioned D-loops, heel loop, and outsole, while actual dragon graphics grace the sock liner. Rounding out the shoe is, of course, a full-length BOOST midsole, which is partially covered at the rear on the exterior of the shoe.
The adidas Originals ZX 5K BOOST Lerna retails for $260 AUD (approximately $187 USD) and is set to release on adidas’ regional Australian site on October 4.
For more ZX goodness, check out the Kawasaki x adidas Originals collaboration that’s on the way.