The Adidas Gazelle, simple referred to as "Gazelles", is an all purpose sneaker that has proved a 'cult classic'; popularised by the 'mod' and 'casual' subcultures of the UK. The Adidas Gazelle was released in 1968, and caused controversy at the 1972 Olympic Games when swimmer Mark Spitz held and waved a pair of "Gazelles" when accepting his gold medal. Spitz was persuded to do so by Horst Dassler, son of Adidas' founder, Adolf Dassler.
Standard Gazelle (featuring the trefoil logo on the heel patch)
Gazelle OG (Original) the version released in 1968.
Gazelle OG heel patch; the trefoil logo did not exist in 1968.
Gazelle OG logo; the standard Gazelle has different letter placement.
The standard Adidas Gazelle features: suede upper; mesh inner lining; lace-up fastening; rubber outsole; and suede overlay for the toes to increase durability and protection. The Gazelle 2.0 shoes feature an OrthoLite antimicrobial moisture wicking sock lining material. The original Adidas Gazelle sneaker, released in 1968, was designed before the Adidas trefoil logo was developed. Therefore, the trefoil logo is not included on the Adidas Gazelle OG (Original) sneaker; a modern replica of the 1968 Gazelle sneakers (shown above).
The suede upper of the Gazelle is dyed in a range of colours, but the three stripes, laces, and the rubber outersole are coloured white. The suede upper has 'Gazelle' printed in gold letters - at the end of the three stripes - but it is postioned differently depending on the version of the Gazelle. While the Gazelle is traditionally designed with a pigskin suede upper, some limited editions of the sneaker feature an all leather upper.
The ongoing popularity of retro sneakers, and Gazelle's, has ensured that Adidas are continuing to manufacture and tweak the sneaker. In 2015, adidias released a Gazelle sneaker that featured a 'micro perforated' suede upper: the purpose of the perforations (small holes) is to keep the foot cooler during the spring and summer months. One criticism of the Gazelle is that the foot can sweat heavily in hot climates: due to the sweat absorbing suede material.
The Gazelle comes in a range of version: Gazelle (standard); Gazelle OG; Gazelle II/2.0 and Gazelle Indoor. There has been many limited editions of the Gazelle sneaker; for example, a sneaker endorsed by Noel Gallagher - member of the Britpop indie band Oasis - with his portrait printed upon the tongue. Some of the classic colourways the Gazelle has been released in are: Dark Indigo / Metallic Gold; Sharp Grey / White; Bluebird / White; Black / White Metallic; Air Force Blue / White; University Red / White; and Collegiate Gold / White.