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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


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

Additional Info

  • Comes with spare laces.