Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
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Adidas Gazelle Foundation History
The Adidas Gazelle was commercially released in 1966 as a training shoe meant for running, although Adidas would later test this shoe with football and handball players as well. During the 60s, training shoes were made of leather, but Adidas wanted to produce a shoe that would feel lighter yet still give enough protection for the foot. They found those characteristics present in kangaroo velour; hence the Gazelle was the first ever Adidas shoe to use suede for the upper.
The Gazelle became hugely popular and not just because it felt lighter or more supple than most training shoes. Colored leather usually looked a little dull, but colors on dyed suede looked far more vibrant, thus widening the shoe’s appeal.
The shoe was initially released in two iterations: one in blue and another in red. The two shoes differed not just in color but in function too. The blue was created for training and had a micro-grip sole for indoor use whereas the red was made with handball in mind and had a transparent outsole tread specifically for outdoor use.
In 1972, Adidas decided to make the microcell hexagonal patterned outsole available for both shoes. Between that year and 1979, the Gazelle drifted in and out of Adidas’ shoe catalog. In 1979, a new iteration came out called the Gazelle Special (reissued in 2011 as the Gazelle Indoor). It had a Trefoil tread pattern on the transparent sole and a redesigned forefoot.
Since then, more than a dozen different versions of the Gazelle have been released including a bulkier version in 1991. The Gazelle Foundation is one of the latest. It features a soft pigskin leather suede on the upper instead of kangaroo velour and flexible soles.
Adidas Gazelle Foundation Style
The Gazelle Foundation has a slim silhouette that would look great with straight-legged chinos or jeans. Pair it off with a simple shirt and a light jacket for a perfect summer/spring getup.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Gazelle Foundation is a low top men’s shoe that is available in sizes ranging from 4 to 14 including half sizes. It has a traditional lace-up closure that allows for an adjustable fit.
The Gazelle Foundation carries nearly the same silhouette that endeared it to many 50 plus years ago. The design is familiar and classic, a blend of simplicity and style that would carry on for many more years to come.
- Features synthetic overlays on a pigskin leather
- The color of the three stripes on the side contrast with the upper’s main color.
- Collar and tongue are lightly cushioned.
- Weighs 12 oz per shoe.