Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most testers who’ve tried on the Adidas Gazelle Foundation shoe find it comfortable on the feet. 
  • Many reviewers are all praises for the shoe’s classic design, which they describe as stylish.
  • Several people have said that this low-top shoe from Adidas fits perfectly width-wise.
  • The shoe’s color combinations have the thumbs up from a good number of consumers, with the dark grey colorway getting a few extra mentions. 
  • Some users say that they get so many compliments on their shoes.
  • The shoe’s sole is flexible, a pleased customer has noted.
  • A purchaser is happy to find out that the shoe provides him enough support for his high arches and that makes it his go-to footwear for casual wear now.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few people have mentioned that the Adidas Gazelle Foundation needs a breaking-in period. 
  • The tongue’s material is made out of a thin foam that is prone to tearing if you’re too rough with your shoes, reports one customer.
  • The insole is not removable, one tester has said.

Bottom line

Decades after its original release, the classic design of the Gazelle still attracts followers who love its clean look. The versatile style and neutral colors will blend well with almost any piece from your wardrobe. And it is just as trendy as the original. 

The sneaker offers an excellent fit, flexible soles, and enough style to get you non-stop compliments. It does require a short period to break in, but once that’s done, the shoe will feel perfectly comfortable on your feet. 

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Good to know

The Adidas Gazelle Foundation has a low-top construction that’s complemented by a beautiful suede upper. Overlays of leather in the form of the Three Stripe branding provide a supportive sidewall structure. 

The shoe has generous padding throughout, and the tongue’s material conforms to the top of your feet really well. It starts out stiff, but the sneaker would soften soon enough after one to two full days of use.

The Gazelle Foundation has a slim and classic 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.

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.

The Adidas Gazelle was commercially released in 1966 as a training shoe meant for running, although Adidas would later test this shoe with soccer 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.

  • 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 340 grams per shoe.


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