Size and fit

The Adidas Gazelle Vintage is available in men’s sizing. Ladies can still order a pair by ordering 1.5 sizes less to achieve a snug fit. For a secure lockdown yet a comfortable fit, it has a lacing system. 

This iconic street shoe has a suede upper that provides sufficient foot comfort. It has a cushioned footbed that gives impact protection. It has a leather lining for a next-to-skin feel.

Adidas Gazelle Vintage Style

The low-top Adidas Gazelle Vintage carries a nostalgic style from the 80s. This iteration brings the vibrant look back and pushes the boundaries of the shoe colors in the golden days of the 80s. 

A perfect addition to a rotation of excellent kicks, it is available in colors like green and pink. Free up some space in your closet for this versatile pair of trainers. Whether for everyday wear or going to a party, this training-inspired kick can definitely create a statement of style.

Notable Features

Time and again, the Adidas Gazelle has proven itself timeless. Though reinterpreted several times, it never fails to excite its loyal followers. 

The Adidas Gazelle Vintage is one of the latest iterations to the legendary style. Like its predecessors, it carries a simple yet eye-catching suede upper that displays subtle sophistication. It proves the adage that there is beauty in simplicity.

Adidas Gazelle Vintage History

Released in January 2020, the Adidas Gazelle Vintage pays tribute to the original design. It features updates that make the vintage sneaker into a modern icon. It highlights the colors of the 1980s design. Customers can pick from colorways like semi flash green/ cloud white/ off white and real pink/ cloud white/ off white.

With a different style, it went further to the 80s instead of preserving the silhouette of the 90s Gazelle. The overall look does not change dramatically, yet customers can see the difference from other models by looking at the tongue as well as the tongue-like heel tab. 

The Adidas Gazelle Vintage trainers carry a plush hairy suede upper. It has a nylon tongue, leather lining, and rubber outsole. Without a doubt, it is a timeless sports shoe perfect for everyday wear.

                 How did the Adidas Gazelle become the shoe we know today?

When it comes to how the name of the Adidas Gazelle originates, it has been much debated. A few think that it is named after the 60s three times gold medalist US Sprinter winner Wilma Rudolph. She earned her nickname as the “The Black Gazelle.” However, Rudolph retired in 1962, which was four years before the release of the shoe commercial.

Initially, the Adidas Gazelle was built as a track shoe. However, Adidas tested it with the top international handball players and the West German national football team, suggesting that the shoe as a more general-purpose model.

The shoe’s original colorways were red and blue suede uppers. Both of them had white Three Stripes adorning the upper. The red shoe or known as the Gazelle Rot featured a transparent and non-slip gum rubber outsole with a grooved pattern. It was perfect for outdoor use. 

On the other hand, the blue shoe or the Gazelle Blau was made perfect for indoor use. It had an outsole with microcell technology, offering more cushioning and impact protection on landing. The ripple effect on the outsole provided a firm grip on indoor surfaces.

                 What sets the Adidas Gazelle apart from others? 

The Adidas Gazelle was the brand’s first shoe that was made from suede. To be specific, the suede was made of kangaroo velour. Other training shoes were made of leather material at that time. 

Compared to leather, the suede material was suppler and lighter. Yet, it still provided the right level of foot protection. In 1970, Adidas experimented with the Gazelle with different outsoles. New materials were also added like the soft protect heel tab to protect the Achilles tendon and a vinyl foot-forming tongue for added support and comfort.

Nice to know

  • The Adidas Gazelle Vintage has a rubber outsole for optimum traction. 
  • Images of the iconic shoe include Madonna wearing from head to toe Adidas, Cool Britannia, Robbie Williams in Adidas tracksuits, and David Baddiel wearing Gazelle in the Three Lions video for Euro ‘96, among others.
  • It maintains a low-top silhouette that allows the ankle to freely move. 

Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas Gazelle
Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Training
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Gazelle
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.