Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $100
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • For a majority of reviewers, the Adidas Gazelle Primeknit provides superior comfort.
  • The shoe’s stylish good looks got the nod from many users who used the words ‘tidy,’ ‘amazing,’ and ‘cool’ to describe it.
  • A good number of people loved the knitted style with some stating it added a little extra to the classic Gazelle.
  • Plenty of users mentioned the quality of the shoe as very good. One buyer specifically noted the perfect finishing of the shoe, including the material and stitching.
  • Several people reported that the shoe fits very well, the same as other Gazelle models.
  • The shoe’s colors also got many favorable responses. One user particularly cited the grey colorway as beautiful while another wished for more colors so he can buy more pairs.
  • According to testers, the Gazelle had a lightweight feel. One person likened it to wearing a slipper.
  • A few felt that the shoe was priced reasonably for its value.
  • A couple of individuals liked the shoe’s breathability. They stated that it would be perfect for the summer to keep feet cool and prevent sweating.
  • One consumer was pleased about the shoe’s arch support which made the shoe feel snugger around his foot.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of buyers said that the shoe runs narrow. Most of them had to go up a half size to a full size higher.
  • One customer complained that the shoe rubs against the foot for the first couple of uses.

Bottom line

The Adidas Gazelle Primeknit is a solid shoe worthy of the iconic Gazelle name. It brings the same superior comfort of the classic but gives it a stylish, modern twist. The shoe may be built small but reviewers find that just going up a size higher will give them that perfect fit.

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Adidas Gazelle Primeknit History

The Gazelle was first released by Adidas in 1966 and it was the first shoe ever by the company to utilize suede. Adidas wanted to produce a lighter shoe and this was made possible by using suede which, aside from weighing light, gave the shoe a more supple feel. The Adidas Gazelle would since become one of the company’s most popular shoes, with constant sales even a decade after its release.

The Gazelle came in two colorways: Gazelle Blau and Gazelle Rot. Each shoe had the same design for the upper but differed in terms of the sole. The Gazelle Blau (blue) had a microcell ripple sole which gave it a more cushioned landing and firmer grip on indoor surfaces. The Gazelle Rot (red) meanwhile, featured a non-slip transparent sole made of gum rubber. It was specifically designed for outdoor use.

In 1972, Adidas updated the shoe’s outsole. They still utilized a microcell sole but infused it with hexagon tread patterns. They also launched a version of the Gazelle called the Gazelle Special, seven years later, in 1979. It featured a transparent sole with a Trefoil tread pattern and a redesigned forefoot. This shoe would later be known as the Gazelle Indoor upon its reissue in 2011.

In the early 90s, due to a revival of interest in classic shoes, Adidas brought back the Gazelle but with a few updates. The 90s version had a bulkier shape compared to the original but retained the same texture as the vintage version. This 1991 model would be the basis for future reissues as well as the forerunner of the Originals line.

The year 2001 saw the debut of the Adidas Originals line which included all of their iconic models such as the Stan Smith, the Superstar, and of course, the Gazelle.

The Gazelle has since featured in various versions, including the Gazelle Leather and Gazelle Super. In early 2017, Adidas again launched a version based on the Gazelle via a collaboration with Sneaker Politics. The Sneaker Politics x Adidas Consortium Gazelle Primeknit marked the first time a Gazelle shoe featured the Primeknit technology. The shoe had a cream-colored Primeknit upper with gold, green, and purple accents.

Following the success of the collab with Sneaker Politics, Adidas launched a Gazelle Primeknit line in April. The initial release came in three different tonal colorways: Blue, Scarlet Red, and Clean Onyx. The new version’s modern makeover still retained that vintage flare with its off-white sole and suede toe boxes. Two women’s exclusive colorways (Mint Green and Coral Orange) later dropped in the same month.

Adidas Gazelle Primeknit Style

This Adidas low top has a decidedly sporty look that would be perfect when paired with shorts, jeans, joggers, and suit pants.

Fit & Sizing

The Gazelle Primeknit comes in men’s and women’s sizes. The women’s sizes range from 5 to 10 while sizes offered for the men range from 7 to 13. Some half sizes are also offered.

Notable Features

Aside from the iconic silhouette, another distinguishable feature of the Adidas Gazelle Primeknit is the technology used. The Primeknit is a way of digitally knitting the entire upper into one seamless piece. This gives the wearer an ultra-light shoe with adaptive support and a sock-like fit.

The shoe features a soft goatskin lining, suede overlays, and a rubber outsole.

Additional Info

  • Comes with spare laces.