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Introducing the adidas Gazelle
With its classic design and enduring appeal, the adidas Gazelle has gracefully transcended time and trends. A performance training shoe originally introduced in 1966, the Gazelle emphasises simplicity and functionality.
Distinguishing itself from other athletic footwear, it features a sleek, minimalistic silhouette with a soft suede upper and the iconic three stripes.
From its athletic roots to becoming a staple of subculture and fashion, the Gazelle has evolved over the decades. Among the most popular iterations of the classic praised today are the Gazelle OG, Gazelle 85, and the Bold versions.
While the OG speaks for itself and rocks a fashionable retro look, the adidas Gazelle 85 mixes the 80s and 90s versions of the sneaker in an icon that merges nostalgic design with modern comfort. The adidas Gazelle Bold stands out with its platform sole and retro charm.
Design of the adidas Gazelle
Featuring a soft suede upper, the adidas Gazelle offers a luxurious texture and long-lasting durability. A simple lace-up closure ensures a snug and adjustable fit, while the iconic adidas three stripes in leather create a striking contrast against the suede.
Its rounded toe and low-profile silhouette make the shoe classic and streamlined. The Gazelle's textured rubber outsole provides excellent traction. adidas' logo is typically on the tongue, contributing to its branded appeal.
Over the years, the Gazelle has been released in a wide range of colorways, allowing for a variety of styling options. The adidas Gazelle blends seamlessly with a wide range of fashion styles thanks to its high-quality materials and minimalist design.
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The rise of adidas Gazelle
The adidas Gazelle is one of the first athletic shoes to be made with a suede upper. As most athletic footwear at the time was made from leather, the Gazelle's use of suede (kangaroo velour) was a significant departure from the norm.
Its deep-rooted connection to a variety of subcultures and music scenes, particularly in the United Kingdom during the 1980s and 1990s, made the adidas Gazelle a popular choice.
Casual culture, composed of football fans who wore designer and sportswear brands, developed into synonymous with the Gazelle. As a result, the Gazelle became much more than a sports shoe; it became a symbol of youth identity and street style.