Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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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.