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adidas Gazelle: From the Terrace to the Red Carpet

Gucci Gazelles
Gucci Gazelles

It was while working at a Melbourne sneaker store in the early 2000s that I would finally have my first in-hand moment with the adidas Gazelle. For the large European contingent in the surrounding suburbs, we stocked more adidas than our other outlets. Gazelles would fly off the shelf, particularly the navy/white colourway, as it matched the colours of the Carlton Football Club who had a strong following in the area. It was the first full suede sneaker I had seen; they just hit different.

Moving to London in 2007, it was ubiquitous, not just on the shelves, but the feet of the rich and famous too. Plenty of celebrities were rocking them as their sneaker of choice at one point or another; with the likes of Alexa Chung, Rihanna, Kanye and even Prince Harry. I’ve seen Gazelles on the feet of the average Joe, and then on the feet of those hopping out of luxury cars in Mayfair. It just goes to show, you can have all the money in the world, but a classic is a classic. Simple as that.

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