Adidas St. Petersburg GTX History
Introduced in 1966, the Gazelle was initially intended to be a performance-oriented shoe. The history of the brand comes out quite vague, from whom it was named after and what its purpose was. Despite this, the brand proved that it can withstand the test of time and can undergo through different transformations while still maintaining its relevance.
The Adidas Gazelles was the first suede sneaker produced by Adidas. In a sea of leather trainers, the suede brought not just an upgrade in style, but the material made the shoe more supple and lighter while still protecting the foot.
Besides coming in two colorways, it also came with varying outsoles serving different variations of traction. The Gazelle Rot (Red) has a see-through non-slip sole inspired by the Olympiade shoe. It is perfect for outdoor use as it is made of gum rubber outsole patterned with grooved waves. The Gazelle Blau (Blue), on the other hand, features a microcell ripple sole, suitable for indoor surfaces. The microcell technology integrates tiny air bubbles into the rubber. It results in a firm footing and a more cushioned landing feel.
Throughout the 70s and 80, Adidas continued to experiment with different colorways and outsoles. It was groundbreaking as the usual shelf life of the brand is only four years. The City Series, which was released during this period, paid tribute to key cities like Zurich, Paris, Hamburg, London, and Dublin. Thirty years after the first release of the City series, the brand gave honor to the cultural capital of Russia—Moscow and St. Petersburg, both of which are infused with Gore-Tex, which is suited for the city’s cold climate.