Adidas Gazelle Leather
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Overview of this review
Size and fit
The men’s Adidas Gazelle Leather shoes provide excellent arch support. The feet are kept securely and snugly inside via a traditional lacing system, which uses seven pairs of eyelets and flat laces.
The low-profile build does not offer much in the way of ankle support, but there’s enough support for your feet’s lateral and medial sides via the strong, leather uppers. The arches are fully supported as well.
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 more tips on wearing these kicks can be found below.
- Adidas Gazelle sneakers in black leather (triple black) would be the perfect accessory to a grey crewneck sweatshirt, black leather jacket, and black slim-fitting pants.
- 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 (that of the Gazelle) 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 soccer 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. These 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 that 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. Adidas also experimented with different outsoles. Two years after the launch, Adidas removed the shoes’ heel tabs and added microcell soles into the mix. In 1971, the company used the same soles for both silhouettes.
In 1972, Adidas 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 versions featured a bulkier shape compared to the originals. These 90’s Gazelle models would be the basis for future retro releases. Although the shoes still had the same texture as the vintage models, they also used more advanced materials and technology.
Fast forward ten years later, Adidas launched its Originals line, which included a collection of modern reimaginings of classic designs that came out from the 40s to the 80s, such as the Gazelles 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.
Nice to know
- The weight of Adidas Gazelle Leathers is around 340 grams per shoe.
- The low-top sneakers feature padded ankle collars and tongues as well as pre-molded heel counters.
- The hexagonal sole patterns give the shoes outstanding grip.