adidas Gazelle OG
- by Sergio Stephano
- August 28, 2020
Before 2020 began, adidas announced that it would be focusing a notable amount of its attention on the Superstar‘s 50th Anniversary. While it’s self-fulfilled its claim, the German sportswear behemoth has also spent the start of the new decade both unearthing once-archival and re-issuing beloved silhouettes in their original form. The Gazelle joins the latter category on September 1st.
The low-top sneaker may be considered simple in today’s marketplace, but in 1968, it was a breath-of-fresh-air. All-over suede clad in vibrant hues like “Clear Pink” delivered a much more eye-catching arrangement than colored leather. Even “Core Black” options seemed modernized compared to footwear contemporaries given their stark contrasting profile 3-Stripes. Furthermore, “Gold Metallic” branding on the lateral side is inherently statement-making; its orientation on the forthcoming retros is horizontal instead of diagonal like on modern-day iterations. The leather tongue and heel panel further transplant the model’s debut decade to the present with their “Cloud White” makeups; the former, however, dons a muted gold label. Underfoot, the revolutionary microcell sole unit maintains its original DNA with its “Cloud White” scheme across both upcoming releases.
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