Founded in the 1950s, ZDA was doling out sneakers from their small town factory in Partizanske, Slovakia. They counted themselves among the Eastern European set known for their sneakers before shutting their doors in the 1980s. But, thanks to Japanese company Eye Found, ZDA is back up and running.
Eye Found is Doctor Frankenstein in this scenario, bringing ZDA back to life, in the same factory with the original soles, lasts, and machines. Eye Found discovered ZDA on a visit to the region, and with help from the locals, eventually got the operating once again.
With their revival, their Marathon Runner has also returned and isn’t just for running marathons, but you could certainly use ’em for that thanks to the trail sole which provides a large area for stability and comfort. They’re a blend of leather, suede, and mesh, which all come together to make a prime set of shoes ready for the trail or the trot down to the bar, and with more history than hype.
Available for $240 at Trading Post.