After BOOSTing the adidas Originals line-up with its squishy ZXience last year, the ZX 2K BOOST returns in a trio of black and red burners. Savvy sole seekers (we’re looking at you) know to go straight to Hype DC for our exclusive and limited stock of these Three Stripes sneakers.

In case you missed it, the ZX 2K BOOST is the latest in adidas’ maximalist merger of their very extensive retro running archive, and includes the latest in cutting-edge technology. Fans of the Three Stripes have been eagerly trying to put their fingers (and feet) on the exact historical elements that compose the ZX 2K BOOST, but without finding one specific answer. Some identify the heel tab from the ZX 710 from the mid-1980s, and the bootie-fit stretch upper pioneered 30 years later in iconic silhouettes like the NMD, but the ZX 2K BOOST really is an anachronism from anywhere in the timeline – it’s truly an adidas Original.

Launch editions of the ZX 2K BOOST leaned into rich retro palettes, borrowing colour stories from decades past, or simulating bygone eras with neon-drenched pigments. However, to further its time-shifting status, these new colourways opt for modern almost all-black, crisply offset with bold injections of scarlet red, crisp white, and cool grey.

Each of the three latest arrivals dips their technical uppers in black, shrouding the contemporary construction methods. Look closely and observe the smooth, seamless one-piece mesh surface with its targeted, diamond-shaped ventilation zones in the toe box and tongue. While high-wear areas around the forefoot are reinforced using heat-welded panels for stealthy structure, as is the near-hidden stripe branding. Two of the new colourways reveal their branding with silver stripes, but one keeps things hidden for later on.

Launch editions of the ZX 2K BOOST leaned into rich retro palettes, borrowing colour stories from decades past, or simulating bygone eras with neon-drenched pigments. However, to further its time-shifting status, these new colourways opt for modern almost all-black, crisply offset with bold injections of scarlet red, crisp white, and cool grey.

Each of the three latest arrivals dips their technical uppers in black, shrouding the contemporary construction methods. Look closely and observe the smooth, seamless one-piece mesh surface with its targeted, diamond-shaped ventilation zones in the toe box and tongue. While high-wear areas around the forefoot are reinforced using heat-welded panels for stealthy structure, as is the near-hidden stripe branding. Two of the new colourways reveal their branding with silver stripes, but one keeps things hidden for later on.

Modern adidas designs tend to observe key traditions from the past, such as the tried-and-true shoelace system, which gets a minimalist nip-tuck via the mini loop eyelets. The heel tab is also an overt homage to previous glories: a moulded Trefoil-branded badge also doubles as an external heel counter and anchor point for the pull tab – another classic footwear feature.

The ground-breaking cushioning compound known as BOOST was developed by adidas and has been rolled out across all of their footwear categories since 2013. Its inclusion in the ZX 2K BOOST sees its most advanced refinement yet. Full-length midsoles made of the squishy stuff are about as close as you can get to walking on clouds – without leaving the earth’s surface, of course! To keep your feet secure, adidas lock things down with a contoured TPU shell that wraps the heel section, and also adds lateral stability for greater gait control. Because TPU was indirectly invented during the Space Age, it’s only fitting its versatile application and appearance is used on the retrofuturistic ZX 2K BOOST. The pliable yet rigid material can be rendered anywhere from frosted translucent – revealing the BOOST innards – or completely opaque, and used as an additional colouring-in panel, such as this hot hue of ‘Scarlet’ red. Similarly, BOOST’s pebbled surface works best in classic white or fan-favourite black, both of which are featured here.

Modern adidas designs tend to observe key traditions from the past, such as the tried-and-true shoelace system, which gets a minimalist nip-tuck via the mini loop eyelets. The heel tab is also an overt homage to previous glories: a moulded Trefoil-branded badge also doubles as an external heel counter and anchor point for the pull tab – another classic footwear feature.

The ground-breaking cushioning compound known as BOOST was developed by adidas and has been rolled out across all of their footwear categories since 2013. Its inclusion in the ZX 2K BOOST sees its most advanced refinement yet. Full-length midsoles made of the squishy stuff are about as close as you can get to walking on clouds – without leaving the earth’s surface, of course! To keep your feet secure, adidas lock things down with a contoured TPU shell that wraps the heel section, and also adds lateral stability for greater gait control. Because TPU was indirectly invented during the Space Age, it’s only fitting its versatile application and appearance is used on the retrofuturistic ZX 2K BOOST. The pliable yet rigid material can be rendered anywhere from frosted translucent – revealing the BOOST innards – or completely opaque, and used as an additional colouring-in panel, such as this hot hue of ‘Scarlet’ red. Similarly, BOOST’s pebbled surface works best in classic white or fan-favourite black, both of which are featured here.


It may be an unseen part of a shoe when worn, but even the outsoles warrant adidas’ close attention. The ZX 2K BOOST’s tread recalls proven low-profile grid patterns, but redundant areas are cored out for low weight and extra flexibility. And these three new colourways feature the whole gamut of sole styles: solid black rubber, grippy clear ‘ice’, and even an eye-catching green glow-in-the-dark!

Beyond what words can convey, the adidas ZX 2K BOOST is to be seen and felt to be believed. Head into Hype DC doors today – or shop from the comfort of the couch and let things imminently get even comfier.

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