This low-top sneaker is available in both men's and women's sizes. Adjusting its laces assist in achieving a secure, lockdown fit. Meanwhile, its suede upper molds to the shape of the feet over time.
The Gazelle Switch and Turn's premium suede upper, seamless construction, and retro profile exude a balance between luxury and sporty. Its tonal colorways that vary from neutrals to pastels and vibrant hues could lend a sleek yet striking focal point to your ensemble. Pair this kick with shorts or jeans for a relaxed weekend outing or complement its stylish colors with a monochromatic outfit.
The Gazelle Stitch and Turn's iconic silhouette with the classic T-toe overlay are easily recognizable to most sneaker fans. But this pair's premium suede upper with a sleeker stitch-and-turn craftsmanship is what sets it apart from previous models.
Introduced in 1968, the Gazelle is the brand's very first pair that was made from suede, or "kangaroo velour" as what they call it back then. The shoe was initially released in two colorways: red and blue. Each of the colors featured a different outsole design for different purposes. The red's outsole was made for outdoor training while the blue was for indoors.
Its suede upper and vibrant colors became an absolute classic that pushed sneaker design and laid the foundation for so many shoes in the years that followed. In addition, this kick is considered to be one of the very few sneakers that influenced many generations, subcultures, and styles. It started when the Gazelles crossed onto the streets in the early 80s, as it became a status symbol amongst "terrace casuals." Then eventually spread onto other youth subcultures such as hip-hop, skate, grunge, and British pop culture.
The kick's reputation was further cemented when A-list celebrities were constantly seen rocking them. Some personalities who were spotted with the Gazelles on were Kate Moss, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Oasis frontman Noël Gallagher, and the Beastie Boys.
Today the Gazelle has been reinterpreted in countless ways, from colors to materials and prints. In 2018, the shoe received a makeover through the Gazelle Stitch and Turn that makes use of unorthodox construction to generate a new minimalist spin on the classic. This iteration is available in pastel, vivid, and neutral colors.
- Some colorways have a contrasting tongue design.
- Its insoles are detachable.
- The Gazelle was released in a "Stitch and Turn" pack together with the Adidas Campus.