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Adidas’s New Running Sneaker Isn’t Really for Running, But It’s Still Sick

An update to a classic style from the ’80s, the ZX500 RM claims it’s a running shoe. But like, don’t actually run in them.


Straight out of the ’80s archive, Adidas’s new ZX500 RM poses itself as a fresh, updated take on what was once a classic running shoe. And they look good — something like a mashup of the modern I-5923s with some EQT features. But, like, don’t run in them.

Despite what the website says, it would not be wise to slip these on before a 5K. The ZX silhouette was given the Boost midsole treatment, a bit of added cushioning and a heel stabilizer, but this shoe was worn running in the ’80s and not since for a reason. It lacks the necessary arch support and proper ankle stabilization features, its suede upper is bound to be beaten to shit and it’s $140 that would be better spent on at least 12 better shoes. That all said, they look good, and if you like them for that they’re well worth the purchase.

Adidas’s ZX500 RM is available online and in stores tomorrow, July 7th, for $140, and launches in two colorways.

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