From Soccer Field to Fashion Icon.
The Enduring Legacy of the Adidas Gazelle As a Fashion Statement.
Born in 1966, the Adidas Gazelle was only sometimes a fashion statement. Initially crafted for the indoor soccer field, its sleek leather upper and grippy gum sole helped European players like Franz Beckenbauer dominate the pitch. But the Gazelle’s clean lines and minimalist design soon caught the eye of style rebels beyond the sporting world.
In the 1970s, the Gazelle transcended its athletic roots, becoming a favorite among mods, punks, and casual streetwear enthusiasts. Its versatility – equally at home on the dance floor or the skatepark – cemented its status as a fashion statement. From British terraces to New York’s underground scene, the Gazelle’s understated cool resonated with those who dared to be different.
Today, the Gazelle remains an enduring symbol of athletic prowess and cultural rebellion. Worn by everyone from Kate Moss to Run DMC, it’s a testament to the enduring power of good design. Though its birthplace, Herzogenaurach, Germany, still whispers tales of its sporting origin, the Gazelle’s true legacy lies in its ability to transcend trends and remain a timeless fashion statement.
The Gazelle Spezial range celebrates this certified adidas footwear icon with 2 new versions – the first being a bottle green suede with white stripes that features a traditional ‘dimple’ tongue with a white eyestay that gives a nod to the early 70s West German version. The second version comes in a navy colourway inspired by terrace classic ‘Tahiti Marine’ and features a suede upper with flock stripes (a material never before used on Gazelle stripes) with a suede tongue that features a woven branded label
Bonus Fact: The Gazelle’s name comes from the graceful antelope, a fitting symbol for a nimble and stylish shoe. Make you fashion statement getting them at www.adidas.com “Legacy of the Adidas”
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