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.
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Adidas Gazelle Super History
Adidas Gazelle history dates back as far as the mid-1960s and has been released continuously by the brand capturing fans from athletes, celebrities and sub cultures attracted to its simplistic design and clean silhouette.
The Gazelle is a retro best seller 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, 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.
Adidas Gazelle Super Style
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.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Gazelle Super is only available in Men’s size 4 to 14.5 and goes from narrow, medium, wide and extra wide widths. Most users of these shoes, however, claim that sizing and width for the shoes are narrower compared to other trainers.
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 Trefoil logo on the heel tab and tongue give it an overall classic look.
- 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 exclusive release colors combine a brown suede with rubber gum sole with white 3-stripes while another version combines blue suede with rubber gum sole and black 3-stripes.