Believe it or not, it was once considered strange to wear basketball shoes off the court. However, over time, as the philosophy of sports seeped into everyday culture, wearing your sneakers to school or the mall became widely acceptable. Now, adidas is aiming to do something similar with its new collaboration with Kawasaki, featuring shoes inspired by the Japanese dealership’s Ninja motorcycles.
Coming in two styles – the ZX 5K Boost and the ZX 8000 – these adidas are no riding boots, however. Instead, they’re meant to express your love for riding throughout your daily life, even when you’re not on your bike. The ZX 8000 model is designed to resemble the livery of the Ninja ZX-R 750-H2 motorcycle, with heavy trim in Kawasaki’s signature green color with blue accents, over white skin. Three lace options are included: green, blue and white. The rear of the leather upper has a metallic silver design that echoes the same design language as the bike itself. The inner side of the shoe also has the Ninja font heavily featured on the upper.
For those who want a sleeker, more subtle look, there’s the ZX 5K Boost, which picks up the livery of Kawasaki’s flagship ZX-10R superbike. It’s almost completely blacked out except for dark gray trim and green accents with a small Ninja wordmark on the outer front of the textile upper, and the laces are available in either black or green. While both models feature adidas’ energy-returning Boost midsoles, the 5K version appears to have more of a cushioned outsole.
First released in 1984, the adidas ZX line of running shoes put the brand at the forefront of footwear technology. Coincidentally, Kawasaki Ninja bikes are less known as ZX models (also launched in 1984). adidas and Kawasaki both took off in the 80s, and now they’ve come together to celebrate their individual impact on culture. Add the ZX 5K Boost to your collection for $160 or the ZX 8000 for $120 at the adidas online store on April 14.