Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers applaud the Adidas Gazelle Stitch and Turn's retro style that's updated with a sleeker appearance.
  • Plenty of long-time Gazelle fans share that this pair's history and symbolism brings back many memories from their youth.
  • Shoe users commonly use "excellent quality" as a description of this kick's materials and craftsmanship.
  • The shoe's wide selection of fashionable colorways prompts several consumers to buy it in multiple hues.
  • Most wearers claim the sneakers are comfortable.
  • Customers with wide feet are delighted with the kick's roomy fit.
  • Several fashion-savvy consumers like the fact that the pair's low-top and streamlined profile could easily be matched with a multitude of outfits.
  • This sneaker is very durable, according to some owners' opinions.
  • A good number of buyers think that this kick is a great product and has excellent value for money.

1 reason not to buy

  • Some gripe about how the shoe would squeak with every step.

Bottom line

Grounded in its predecessor's iconic style, the Adidas Gazelle Stitch and Turn brings with it the Gazelle's classic silhouette that transcended style, age, gender, and time. But for this iteration, this Gazelle dons a more minimalist appeal. 

The brand switched it up and reversed the stitches to keep them hidden resulting in a cleaner and more refined version of the well-loved classic. This shoe retains its time-tested comfort, versatility, and durability. Hence, if you're a fan of the Gazelle or retro kicks then this shoe might be worth checking out.

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Good to know

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 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 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.


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