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The 80 Greatest Sneakers of the '80s

12. adidas ZX 500

Year Released: 1984

The adidas ZX500 kicked off the adidas ZX line of running shoes, which would go on to be just as significant as Nike’s Air Max line, if not quite as appreciated by the average sneakerhead. Balance is important in any sneaker design, and the ZX500’s use of plastic lace loops, mesh, nylon, and suede was perfect. Nearly 30 years after its initial introduction, the ZX500 still looks fresh. In both senses of the word.

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