Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several users are impressed with the quality of construction and choice of materials used in the Adidas Neighborhood Gazelle Super.
  • The limited edition collaboration is a highly coveted low-top sneaker model because it wonderfully fuses the old school Gazelle silhouette with modern materials like a Primeknit upper.
  • A lot of commenters gave compliments to the all-black colorway of this Adidas collaboration with famous Japanese boutique Neighborhood.
  • The Adidas Originals x Neighborhood collaboration is exceptionally stylish, and the all-black colorway opens up a lot of styling options.
  • Some commented on how breathable and cool the Primeknit material in the upper is by keeping the feet fresh and relaxed for hours.
  • The modern take on the classic Adidas Gazelle silhouette opens the door for more styling options, several commenters stressed.
  • A large number of sneakerheads say they received a lot of compliments for wearing the sneaker.
  • A lot of observers love the minimalist design of the Adidas Neighborhood Gazelle Super because it’s not overly done yet shows a high degree of style and class.
  • Many users find this low-top shoe lightweight and comfortable for casual walks and hanging out.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A commenter says this low-top sneaker if not for its Neighborhood styling is not worth it for its price of $180.
  • A couple of reviewers say that compared to other Neighborhood collaborations launched this year, the Adidas Neighborhood Gazelle Super is the most uninspired because of subtle styling.
  • In spite of its premium materials like Primeknit and suede with textile sock liners, a few users claimed it is uncomfortable because of lack of better arch support.

Bottom line

An limited release all-black spin to the iconic Adidas Gazelle is what the latest Neighborhood collaboration offers. A highly coveted pair after its release, the Adidas Neighborhood Gazelle Super was given a streetwear makeover by the high-end Japanese label elevating them to cult street style status.  With enough fashion chops and an ultralight Primeknit upper, the popular 1980s trainer was groomed with topnotch styling with a premium $180 price that is worthy of ever sneaker collector’s attention.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Training
Collaboration: Neighborhood
Collection: Adidas Gazelle
Price: $180
Colorways: Black
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker

The low-top Primeknit sneaker boasts of tonal flat laces, a lightly padded collar and tongue for a snug fit. The Adidas Neighborhood Gazelle Super runs true to size in medium width. While this sneaker comes in 7 to 13 men’s sizing, women may also opt for this design by copping a pair 1.5 size down.

The Japanese streetwear label’s subtle detailing on the iconic Adidas Gazelle makes up most of the minimalist treatment for the heritage sneaker. With its Primenkit upper, the sneaker gets its modern makeover with NBHD or Neighborhood and BRGD or Brigade accents on the heel back. Walking along the crowded Tokyo streets on this sought after Japanese design brings an added boost of confidence to the wearer.

Wear these modernized heritage sneaker design with joggers, tattered jeans, and hoodie, and you’ll have the Asian swagger like a badge on foot. Get that Japanese street-style all-black look with the iconic Gazelle silhouette from the latest collections from Neighborhood. With lots of imitation and counterfeit items mimicking the original Neighborhood portfolio, there’s only one reason for this kind of attitude from the public. The demand for this limited edition sneaker has been skyrocketing since its release that copping a pair would be an instant collector’s item.

Most evident in the overall design of the Adidas Neighborhood Gazelle is its use of the signature Primeknit material in the upper. Primeknit technology makes the use of wasteful overlays by knitting all pieces together resulting in a lightweight, breathable, flexible, and supportive shoe upper. The material also seamlessly wraps around the foot thus leading to a better fit and less material waste. Even worth mentioning in this design is the solid color black treatment of the Neighborhood collaboration with branding accents on the tongue and sides as well as printed NBHD and BRGD lettering for each back heel. 

German brand Adidas has regaled us with iconic silhouettes such as the Gazelle that has been released in the 1960s.The design which has had several iterations, colorways, variations, and treatments in the past five decades has been donned by many athletes and celebrities captivated by its minimalist design and clean profile.

The Adidas Gazelle seems to have stood the test of time after its first launch in 1966. Initially released as a low-top soccer training sneakers with the distinguishable Trefoil logo at the back of the heel, the sneaker has been a fan favorite for its laidback design.

Available in different colors, the low-top sneaker 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 short walks and night outs.

After a few years of being situated on the sidelines, the familiar silhouette made its return in the former Yugoslavia as the Adidas Gazelle Super in 1987. Released in the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Gazelle, Adidas resurrected the design resulting in a cult following among thousands of sneaker fans.

As part of the German brand’s reaching out to Asian markets in 2018, Adidas collaborates with Tokyo-based streetwear label Neighborhood. Founded in 1994 by Shinsuke Takizawa, the influential brand is known for its motorcycle rider-inspired apparel with design influences from workwear, military, Native American, counterculture among other streetwear themes. The brand in February 2018 released four collaborative designs that include NMD R1 PK, I-5923, Chopshop, and Gazelle Super silhouettes.

  • Adidas Primeknit shoe upper with suede overlays is an attractive finish for a solid top.
  • Synthetic leather collar lining and textile sockliner cover improve in-shoe feel.
  • Adidas x NEIGHBORHOOD branding on tongue label and sockliner cover.
  • "NBHD" print on left heel patch "BRGD" print on right heel patch, and "NEIGHBORHOOD" print on the eyestay
  • The flexible rubber outsole has a reliable grip and traction ideal for walking.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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