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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Fit & Sizing
The men’s Adidas Gazelle Leather shoes are available in sizes ranging from 4 to 14. These low-top kicks are just too fantastic not to share with the opposite gender, so women who love the classic styling are recommended to get a pair. Just remember to get the shoes one and a half sizes down from your usual shoe measurement since men’s shoes run bigger and wider than women’s.
Adidas Gazelle Leather shoes run narrow according to some owners of these kicks. They recommend that people with wider feet get a pair a half size bigger to accommodate their feet more comfortably. The sneakers provide excellent arch support, and the feet are kept securely and snugly inside via a traditional lacing system.
Adidas Gazelle Leather Style
Adidas Gazelle Leather sneakers can easily be dressed up or down, depending on your event. The shoes look good when paired with chino pants and shorts as well as with jeans and other types of denim and are best used for casual wear or light exercises.
Some tips on wearing these kicks
- Adidas Gazelle sneakers in black leather (Triple Black) would be the perfect accessories to a grey crewneck sweatshirt, black leather jacket, and black slim-fitting pants.
- Adidas Gazelle Leather shoes were designed for men, but they are so cute that it would be a shame if women can’t wear them as well.
- Wear Adidas Gazelle in all-white leather (Triple White) with a fitted black dress and a black biker jacket. Plus points if your dress has lace accents to contrast with the edgy style of your jacket.
The Adidas Gazelle Leather’s iconic silhouette is instantly recognizable in any crowd. Couple that with the shoes’ elegant leather uppers, and you’ve got surefire head-turners. It also helps that the shoes are covered in a soft and plush fabric that will help you move in absolute comfort.
Adidas Gazelle Leather History
The Gazelle Leather comes from Adidas’ vast archive of classic shoes. This particular version descends from a silhouette that has influenced, in terms of style, much of the models that would come out later.
Adidas Gazelle shoes debuted in 1966 and were built on a track shoe last. However, Adidas also sent these kicks for testing by handball and football players, which suggested that these had a more general athletic purpose. Gazelles were the very first Adidas shoes to be made from suede (to be specific, from kangaroo velour) which gave the sneakers a lighter and more supple feel. They originally came in two colors, and each had different outsoles for varying traction on different surfaces.
The blue colorway (called the Gazelle Blau) with white stripes featured micro grip soles which cushioned landings and gave a firmer grip on indoor surfaces. The red colorway (called Gazelle Rot) had transparent non-slip soles taken from the Adidas Olympiade shoes and these were made of gum rubber. The red shoes were designed for outdoor use.
Adidas Gazelles turned out to be one of the brand’s most popular models, so the company kept updating the shoes for better performance, and they experimented with different outsoles. Two years after their launch, Adidas removed the shoes’ heel tabs and added microcell soles into the mix. In 1971, they used the same soles for both silhouettes.
In 1972, they introduced new tread microcell soles shaped like a hexagon for both colorways. Seven years later, as part of the Special Concept system where favorites get upgrades, Gazelle Specials were launched. These had transparent soles patterned after the Adidas Trefoil and a redesigned forefoot. This model would be reissued again in 2011 as Gazelle Indoors.
More than a decade after the shoes’ first release, Gazelles have retained the public’s interest and even grown in popularity owing to the hip-hop boom in the UK and most parts of Europe. The classics became a cult hit and were recognized as “street.” Back then, color variations were unheard of in Europe and the release in 1985 of a new colorway, a green one named the Gazelle Grun, made the sneakers even more sought-after.
Because classics never die but just get back in the cycle to shine again when it’s their time, the silhouette was revived by Adidas in 1991, due to the public’s renewed interest in old sneaker favorites. The 1991 version featured a bulkier shape compared to the original. This 90’s Gazelle model would be the basis for future retro releases. Although the shoes still had the same texture as the vintage model, they also used more advanced materials and technology.
Fast forward 10 years later, Adidas launched their Originals line which included a collection of modern reimaginings of classic designs that came out from the 40s to the 80s such as the Gazelle and several other popular iconic models.
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 shoes were dressed up in premium smooth and full-grain leather for an elegant finish.
- Weight is 12 oz per shoe.
- The low-top sneakers feature padded ankle collars and tongues and pre-molded heel counters.
- The hexagonal sole patterns give the shoe outstanding grip.