Ultimate Form with The Adidas Gazelle
Another distinct classic. Created from the iconic brand with the 3 stripes. But how does The Adidas Gazelle retain such relevance even with decades of history? Materials change. Designs evolve. Marketing rules. We would expect modern kicks to dictate consumer preferences, but for some reason, the classic silhouette still reigns supreme on the game.
Onitsuka Tiger’s Mexico 66 line achieves this seamlessly. Saucony and their Shadow Originals are a cult classic. And German mainstay Puma continues to hold it down with their Roma line. All with the occasional design updates and limited releases, but for the most part, keeping it close to original specs. And then there’s the iconic Gazelle.
The Adidas Gazelle is not only an example of a premium vintage sneaker, but also one that proves the versatility of a well-made and timeless product. Similar to The Samba, it hasn’t changed much over the years, and as always, has stayed close to the dusty design sketches that have kind of formed the foundation of the brand.
Simple. Distinct branding. A slim-like silhouette. And just the right amount of color. Elements likes these have made these kicks versatile enough to pair with a wide range of gear, from soft Pima cotton joggers to a cuffed pair of some fresh Japanese selvedge. Just depends on the day.
So The Gazelle officially hit the streets back in the late 60’s. Nothing from the brand was being made with suede at the time, and all of a sudden these sneakers were on the scene with suede kangaroo velour. Suede was lighter than leather and seemed to be the ideal material for an all-around trainer. And since it was more porous, it would absorb dyes better and create more vibrant color options.
The kangaroo upper blended so well with the foot form tongue and the classic white sole. From the original colors in red and royal blue, and then eventually to a Kawasaki-like lime green variation, popularity in the shoe grew from the Terracewear scene to a variety of new subcultures.
And with all the new colorways and textures, it had become one of the most iconic and noticeable elements in the Adidas lineup. The three white stripes pressed against a layer of bright suede was the symbol of a sneaker ready to transition to a global cultural ambassador.
The Gazelle blends vintage design, retro elegance, and epic color combinations to set itself apart from a majority of the modern classics. Whether it’s the updated Gazelle or The Gazelle OG (with the distinct gold branding), it shows how the old-school template still holds clout in the wardrobe.
In our era of modern casual, where technical wear with hidden pockets gets priority over a an Italian-made 2-piece, there needs to be that solid go-to sneaker that can hang with the hybrid occasions.
With one of the slimmest silhouettes in the Adidas lineup, The Gazelle just flows, and combined with a white long sleeve henley and a well-tailored pair of chinos, ultimate form is achieved. With street cred like this, it may even possibly hold more clout than your Carmina’s on a summer day at the office.
Pure form, and as workplace attire continues to evolve, and there is less of a line between work wear and casual wear, the Adidas Gazelle can solidify a foothold as the ideal sneaker that can serve most occasions. There are many other vintage sneaker lines out in the market, but there’s just something that always brings us back to the 3 stripes.
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