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Everything You Need To Know About The Adidas Gazelle
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Whats makes a shoe a classic, an icon, or staple that should be in every collection? Honestly, that is a hard question to answer, but I think I might have something that fits the bill in all three of those categories. I am Jacques Slade and today I bring you everything you need to know about the adidas Gazelle.
For those unfamiliar with the Gazelle, let’s go back in history a bit. The model was first launched back in 1966 and is rumored to be named after Olympic athlete Wilma Rudolph who they called the Black Gazelle after winning 3 gold medals at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. That has yet to be confirmed, but it is a good place to start.
See when the Gazelle was originally launched, it was released in 2 versions. One was red and one was blue. Back then, at least with this model, the colors weren’t there just to tell a story, the represented a different version of the same shoe. The differences were mostly based on the outsole of the shoe with the red being made for outdoor training and the blue made for indoor training.
In addition to the outsole, the Gazelle was also the 3 Stripes’ first shoe made of suede or as they called it back then, kangaroo velour.
Apparently to some folks, this was a big deal because soon after the shoe launched, it became one of the hottest shoes in the adidas line-up. From major sports events to just shoe to rock on the streets, the Gazelle was the people’s choice and adidas even decided to update the outsole to a more universal look in 1972. The new hexagonal shaped outsole helped officially make the Gazelle, the “training shoes” to get.
Fast forward to the 80s and 90s, and adidas continued to tweak the look and feel of the Gazelle to fit the time. From introducing new colorways of the shoe, to adding padding to the ankle, or changing the heel shape, the look and feel of the shoe stayed mainly the same.
That brings us to the pairs you see here. Though the Gazelle is mainly the same, it has transitioned to two version of the shoe. Let’s call them the Gazelle and the Gazelle OG. The Gazelle OG is just as the name implies, true to the original look of the shoe. The Gazelle, though not much different from the original does have a few changes. Changes such as the slightly longer tongue. This could be a result of the longer toe box, the OG’s toe box is very short.
In addition to the tongue, the Gazelle is bit more streamlined than the OG. The OG looks “fatter” by comparison. A small difference, yes, but it also plays a part in how you rock these at the end of the day. Another change, the heel. The Heel of the Gazelle is shaped to hug the heel and is more contoured to the shape of the foot. The OG on the other hand only slight wraps the heel which makes it easier to slip them on.
For me, the smoother clean look of the Gazelle win over the OG which is why I’ll probably be grabbing a few of these colors this summer. Adidas Originals has a rich heritage when it comes to kicks and the Gazelle is one of the many that have stood the test of time to reach the levels of a classic sneaker. I mean think about it, this shoe was originally launched almost 50 years ago and you can still see people rocking these like they just dropped yesterday.
So what do you guys think of the adidas Gazelle? Is the retro vibe right? Did adidas do the model justice with the latest update to colors on the upper? Let me know your thoughts below and hit that thumbs up button to help share knowledge.
I want to give a shoutout to Finish Line who helped make this video happen, I am your host Jacques Slade this is Everything You Need To Know About the adidas Originals Gazelle and as always, I appreciate you. I’ll see you soon.
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