Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Based on the feedback of a significant number of consumers, these sneakers are amazingly comfortable.
  • According to one reviewer, the inner sole and the overall construction feels sturdier than the other models of the Gazelle.
  • One suggested that Adidas should offer more Decon styles because many appreciate it.
  • Majority of the purchasers love the design of the shoes, noting that it is a head-turner and it stands out from the crowd.
  • The Gazelle Decon is an excellent addition to anyone's collection, a shopper noted.
  • This one-tone sneaker has a versatile style that can be dressed up or down.
  • A handful of consumers like that it has an unconventional design than the regular Gazelle.
  • Removing the Three Stripes is a unique accent placed on the shoe, according to numerous customers.
  • The minimalist design creates a fantastic overall look, said several reviewers.
  • Few buyers note that it is offered at a brilliant price making it great value for money.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Few noted that the colorways look a bit odd.
  • The sole feels a bit hard, according to one user.

Bottom line

Having its roots that can be dated back to the 1960s, the silhouette of the Gazelle Decon comes in a more simple and minimal look from the already unembellished Gazelle.

Despite stripping off accents that have long been linked with the iconic shoe, it remains to have established its essence that deconstructing the shoe only gave it an interesting new look.

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Good to know

The Adidas Gazelle Decon is offered exclusively for men. Known for its classic silhouette, women could also appreciate these. Going down 1.5 sizes down to get the ideal fit is recommended.

This version of Gazelle gets a sleek and modern reconstruction. This already minimally designed sneaker is stripped further, eliminating the signature Three Stripes, giving it a low-key vibe. The Adidas Gazelle Decon comes in a premium leather upper with a gum rubber outsole making its aesthetic look clean and smooth.

Its uniqueness goes beyond its silhouette as it comes in two unique colorways, Trace Green and Tactile Rose. It doesn't hold back the sneakers from being versatile as it can still be styled in multiple ways. Although it is ideal to pair these with a basic shirt and jeans, those who want to inject boldness can do it effortlessly as well.

One of the changes that can be seen with the Gazelle Decon is the premium leather upper, which is probably unorthodox from the suede Gazelle that is dubbed as the classic. Moreover, it keeps up with the trend of sloughing off unnecessary details like the Three Stripe logo attributed to the model. The outsole also is composed of translucent brown soles, different from the usual white outsole.

The Adidas Gazelle has been one of the most iconic silhouettes released by the brand next to the Stan Smith. Despite having a history that is quite vague, it has been a market favorite, and its relevance has been prevalent for over 50 years.

Introduced in 1966 as a performance shoe by Adidas, the Gazelle stood out as it was the first sneaker to be released by the brand with a suede upper. During this time, the athletic footwear industry was dominated with leather sneakers. Suede, besides being stylish is more lightweight and more flexible compared to leather.

The Adidas Gazelle was released in two original colorways, each of which is sporting similar uppers but its outsoles are different from one another as they offer varying kinds of traction. The Gazelle Rot (Red) has an outsole that is more suitable for the outdoors. It took inspiration from the "Olympiade" sole that is transparent and non-slip. The Gazelle Blau (Blue) on the other hand, features a microcell ripple sole. It offers a more cushioned effect on landing, which is more suitable for indoor surfaces.

The iconic sneaker, through time, not only became famous for sports but it turned out to be a staple fashion piece as well. Currently, the Gazelle has a myriad of variations, one of which is the Gazelle Decon.

  • The branding on these sneakers is embossed including the Gazelle logo on the quarter panel and the Trefoil logo on the heel patch.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.