In the rarified world of serious sneaker collectors, the collector Robert Brooks is something of a superstar. His opinions are widely revered in important sneaker-centric media channels, and leading shoemakers listen carefully when he speaks. (Particularly when he speaks about his favorite shoe brand, adidas.)
The small-batch, collector-based adidas Consortium recently partnered with Brooks for a re-release of one of his all-time favorite shoes – the ZX530 of the early 2000s. The re-release appears as part of the adidas Consortium’s Spezial, a line that has dragged more than one archival classics out of the vast adidas vaults.
The new Spezial ZX530 features uppers of grey suede and off-white mesh with natural leather accents. The shoe incorporates these same colorways into its rubber soles. Of course, the sides of this limited ZX530 release nod to its unique origins with prominent “adidas” and “SPZL” designer emblems.