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 Leather History
The Gazelle debuted in 1966 and was built on a track shoe last. However, it was also tested by handball and football players which suggested it had a more generic athletic purpose. It was the very first Adidas shoe to be made from suede (in the case of the Gazelle, kangaroo velour) which gave it a lighter and more supple feel. It originally came in two colors and each had different outsoles for varying traction.
The blue colorway (Gazelle Blau) with white stripes featured a microcell ripple sole in which small air bubbles were incorporated into the rubber for a more cushioned landing and a firmer grip on indoor surfaces. The red colorway (Gazelle Rot) had a transparent non-slip sole taken from the Adidas Olympiade shoe and is made of gum rubber. It was designed for outdoor use.
The Gazelle turned out to be one of Adidas’ most popular models so the company kept updating the shoe and experimented with different outsoles. In 1972, they introduced a new tread microcell sole shaped like a hexagon. Seven years later, as part of the Special Concept system where favorites get upgrades, the Gazelle Special was launched. It had a transparent sole patterned after the Adidas Trefoil and a redesigned forefoot. This model would be reissued again in 2011 as the Gazelle Indoor.
More than a decade after its first release, the Gazelle still retained its popularity especially in the UK. Back then, color variations were unheard of in Europe and the release in 1985 of a green colorway, named the Gazelle Grun, made it even more popular.
In 1991, due to the renewed interest of people in the classics, Adidas debuted a new version. It had a bulkier shape compared to the original. This 90’s version would be chosen for future retro releases. It still had the same texture as the vintage model but used more advanced materials and technology.
Fast forward 10 years later, Adidas launched the Originals line which was basically a modern reimagining of classic designs. The line carried several of their popular iconic models including the Gazelle. In 2012, a Premium Gazelle OG Leather Pack was released by Adidas as part of the Originals line. It had crisp uni-colored leather uppers and rubber outsoles. The Leather Pack released in navy and white versions.
2013 saw two colorways of the Gazelle Leather from the Originals line being dropped. One burgundy and one black, both with white stripes. Several more Gazelle Leather colorways were released since then including a triple white version in 2015 followed by a triple black colorway in 2016.
In May of 2017, triple white and black colors were again released as part of Adidas’ 2017 Summer collection. This time, the version was dressed up in premium smooth and full-grain leather for an elegant finish.
Adidas Gazelle Leather Style
The Gazelle Leather can easily be dressed up or down, depending on your event. The shoe looks good when paired with chino pants and shorts as well as with jeans and other types of denim. It is best for casual wear or light exercise.
Fit & Sizing
This low top leather shoe is available in men’s sizes in medium D-width. The sizes offered ranges from 8 to 13.
The Adidas Gazelle Leather’s iconic silhouette is instantly recognizable in any crowd. Couple that with its elegant leather upper, and you’ve got a head-turner. It features a padded ankle collar and tongue and a pre-molded heel counter. The hexagonal sole pattern gives the shoe outstanding grip.
- Weight is 12 oz.
- The tongue and ankle collar just have enough padding for a comfortable in-shoe feel.