Fit & Sizing
This rendition of the original Yugoslavia-exclusive 1987 Gazelle comes in both men’s and women’s sizing. Sizes 5 to 13 are offered for men, while the ladies have sizes from 4.5 to 12 both in Standard width. Half sizes are offered as well.
Since the original silhouette was intended as an all-around sports trainer, the overall hold and support on foot are sufficient. The low-top profile does not restrict ankle mobility, while the lace-up closure permits a customizable fit. The upper is made of a leather material that stretches over time and conforms to the feet’s shape.
Adidas World Cup Gazelle Super Essential Style
The Adidas World Cup Gazelle Super Essential low-top is perfect for those looking for a retro Three Stripes shoe. The prominent white Three Stripes branding on the sides that flawlessly contrasts the premium looking black leather gives an authentic ‘80s retro vibe. A square toe, lace-up closure system, embossed Adidas Trefoil branding on the tongue, and the Adidas logo window on the sides complete the look. Wear it with jeans, shorts, or dress (for the ladies), and you are good to go.
This remake of the ’87 Yugoslavia-exclusive Adidas Gazelle silhouette is worthy of attention even up to the smallest detail it features. The upper already gives out a premium and sporty look, but the contrasting white details on the Three Stripes, tongue, heel tab, and midsole wraps up an authentic ‘80s retro vibe.
Unlike regular Gazelle shoes, this rendition utilizes black leather upper material instead of suede. This low-top also has red insoles and aglets, which make an excellent design accent. There is an Adidas logo window on the outer sidewall of each shoe, a kind of branding that is not featured in regular Gazelle shoes.
Adidas World Cup Gazelle Super Essential History
The Adidas Gazelle started as sports trainers, but eventually reached other subcultures and worn by famous and influential celebrities with the likes of Kate Moss, Michael Jackson, and Oasis among others. The first ever Gazelle shoe originated way back in 1966 with DNA taken from the Adidas Rom, a leather Adidas shoe with suede toe overlay and ripple sole, and the Adidas Olympiade, a 1964 leather low-top with a heel pull tab.
The Gazelle was the first training shoe to utilize suede as upper material since most training shoes back then were made of leather. There were two iterations of the Gazelle silhouette, the Gazelle Blau (blue) and the Gazelle Rot (red). The blue one was based on the Rom with a microcell ripple sole, while the red one was based on the Olympiade with a transparent non-slip sole.
In 1987, one iteration of the Gazelle was manufactured exclusively in then Yugoslavia called the Adidas Gazelle Super. Design details were tweaked with added Adidas window branding on the midfoot, and a slimmed down toe box. However, production of this shoe stopped in the early ‘90s.
When Adidas Originals reintroduced the Adidas Gazelle shoes in 2016 following the success of the Stan Smith’s (2014) and Superstar’s (2015) comeback, countless colorways and iterations of this timeless classic have been emerging in the sneaker market. One of these is the Adidas World Cup Gazelle Super Essential shoe. This modern rendition of the well-loved Gazelle Super from ’87 features leather upper material instead of suede but retains the classic detailing such as the contrasting Three Stripes, heel tab, and tongue, as well as the Adidas window branding on the sides and Trefoil logos on the tongue and heel.
- There is also a noticeable difference on the lacing system between the Adidas World Cup Gazelle Super Essential and the original Adidas Gazelle silhouette. The latter has straight alignment of eyelets, while this particular rendition of the Gazelle follows a curved-like arrangement.
- Also featured in this shoe are textile sock liners and gum rubber outsole.
- Adidas Trefoil logo is displayed on the heel patch and tongue.