Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers claim the Adidas Gazelle Super looks better with vivid colors than the classic Gazelle.
  • The majority of users claim the shoes are comfortable particularly mentioning its synthetic leather lining.
  • Some skaters like the cool vintage look of the suede upper.
  • A few people praise the casual street style of the Adidas Gazelle Super
  • Most of those who purchased the trainers share the fantastic quality and heavy-duty built of the shoe that is perfect for everyday wear.
  • A good number of users said the Adidas Gazelle Super has a perfect size and comfortable instep.
  • Several buyers mention that buying the retro shoes is well worth the money.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of blog comments say retro iterations made the look of the shoe worse and destroyed its minimalist appeal
  • A buyer is bothered by the loud squeaks coming from the rubber outsole once it makes contact with the floor.
  • Some have raised issues on insoles being too high while some noticed that the insole was not stuck down properly and a bit loose.  

Bottom line

The Adidas Gazelle Super is a well-built reiteration of a popular casual trainer of the late 1980s. The latest release available in blue and red suede upper and later on in premium leather upper in black and white colors continue to attract loyal fans of the German brand and the retro vibe the shoe brings to one’s own style.

In spite of almost regular releases by Adidas of its Gazelle line of shoes in the past years, its appeal has never waned and instead endured the test of time.

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Good to know

The Adidas Gazelle Super offers an adjustable fit, thanks to its traditional lace-up closure. It also comes with a soft synthetic leather upper that provides comfortable support all over.

The vintage look and retro feel of the Adidas Gazelle Super make it an ideal fashion statement without sacrificing functionality. The trainers not only continue to serve its athletic purpose but also segued into something one could wear during casual street walks.

The shoes also made its crossover from being an athletic shoe into a classic fashion staple for various communities from skaters, rappers, rockers, and regular John Does wanting to don a classic fashion statement on their feet without going over the top.

The simplistic looks of these trainers often contradict its many features. The shoe has a synthetic leather lining for an extremely comfortable casual shoe. The gum rubber outsole comes in brown or white provides a good grip and traction for a smooth and steady shift in movements.

The padded arch support remains true for all Gazelle reissues making the shoe comfortable for exercise even up to this day. An iconic Gazelle Super window branding on the eyestay and a Trefoil logo on the heel tab and tongue give it an overall classic look.

Adidas Gazelle's history dates back as far as the mid-1960s and has been released continuously by the brand capturing fans from athletes, celebrities, and subcultures attracted to its simplistic design and clean silhouette.

The Gazelle is a retro bestseller that seems to have stood the test of time. The shoe, which was originally released in 1966, has caught the eye of many greats including a young Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher and legendary 80s hip-hop group Run DMC which ended copping more than $1 million in endorsements in the 1980s. Even supermodel Kate Moss has at one time donned the low top soccer training sneakers with the distinguishable Trefoil logo at the back of the heel.

Before it became a fashion staple today, the Adidas Gazelle has been originally made to be trainers. Available in different colors, it used to be the go-to shoes for on and off soccer practice. The T-shaped toe, the suede material, and the white stripes with a rubber gum sole all contributed to its audience following as many people have been looking for a simple, unassuming, and low-key shoe for every casual tour and night outs.

Later releases of the shoe have been open to more customization. The blue Gazelle, for example, with its kangaroo upper in its early days, micro grip gum sole, foot form tongue, a padded ankle, and the arch support was initially designed for training. The red Gazelle, meanwhile, was made for handball with its transparent outsole. Later on, materials of the Adidas Gazelle became liberalized with the use of premium leather and other modern materials as well as the introduction of more vivid color schemes.

The Adidas Gazelle Super, meanwhile, made its debut back in 1987 in the former Yugoslavia. The original design is a sought-after collector’s item that, on its 30th anniversary, Adidas resurrected the design to huge acclaim and following from sneaker fans. The shoes are a one-to-one reissue of the first Gazelle Super shoes as the upper mesmerizes sneakerheads with its vintage look and nostalgic appeal with the Gazelle branding printed in gold lettering alongside the iconic 3-stripes on the shoes’ sideways. The retro feel is further heightened by the presence of the Trefoil logo in the heel tab and eyestay. 

  • Aside from the regular red and blue vintage colors, Adidas also made premium leather versions with vintage colors Black and White throwback models giving the shoe an added luxurious feel as part of its 30th-anniversary
  • A visible Adidas brand lettering on white background stitched on the side distinguishes the Gazelle Super from the ordinary Gazelle.
  • Adidas Originals also introduced the Gazelle Super exclusive for UK retailer Size? which features a single color as a foundation finished off with branding, serrated 3-stripes on the sidewalls, and signature gold foil lettering. 
  • The Adidas Gazelle Super features a contrast heel tab with the Adidas trefoil logo placed on the heels and tongue and is common with Adidas Originals releases.


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