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.
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.
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.
- Comes with spare laces.