The Adidas Gazelle’s history has been a prominent part of Adi and Horst Dassler’s archive since its original release in 1966 after borrowing elements from the Rom shoe used in the 1960’s Rome Olympics and the Olympiade worn by the German team in 1964. The classic low-top trainer has seen many unique iterations over the years, being the shoe of choice by celebrities such as iconic model Kate Moss, hardcore-turned-hip hop three-piece The Beastie Boys, Britpop legends Oasis, and rapper, producer and designer Kanye West to name but a few.
Its terrace-friendly design has been adopted by football casual throughout the ages in mainland Europe, Britain and further afield, boasting an easy-to-style look that works with pretty much any outfit. The adaptions over the years have meant that there is no one ‘true’ version of the heritage kicks.
With that being said, Adidas has introduced these indoor-friendly Gazelles in three core colourways, boasting a premium suede leather upper, clean leather overlays in the form of side stripes and heel panelling, a gold Gazelle motif, a flexible synthetic tongue and a gum-coloured sole. The Adidas logo and Trefoil emblem feature on the tongue label, heel and debossed to the side of the sole for a triple hit of retro branding.
For this shoot, we’ve demonstrated how easy it is to make these premium staples shine, styling them with some of our favourite bottoms from prominent Japanese streetwear in the form of bold track pants from Americana-vintage-inspired brand Needles, woven-detailed track pants from ‘90s skate and graffiti culture-inspired brand Sasquatchfabrix and normcore-meets-techwear kings Nanamica. Whether you like a more fitted pant, or you like ‘em baggy; you’ll struggle to find a more versatile shoe than the Gazelle.