The adidas Gazelle is getting a very Spezial revamp

The adidas Gazelle is getting a very Spezial revamp

by Ollie Cox
2 min

When it comes to Three Stripes icons, the Gazelle is up there with the best of them, and now it’s getting a makeover courtesy of adidas archivist and Spezial founder Gary Aspden

The Gazelle SPZL is a modern take on the classic adidas style, borrowing design elements from archival models from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The collection arrives in a “Bottle Green” suede with contrasting white stripes and “Marine,” which features blue stripes. The latest model was inspired by the terrace classic “Tahiti Marine” colourway and features a suede upper with flock stripes. The new Spezial range sees the upper completely reworked, using foxing tape with an accentuated mix of textures as a nod to the shoe’s ancestry. 

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Unlike its football-focused Samba cousin, the Gazelle is unique because it was not designed for a specific sport. It was made with movement in mind and was the first adidas trainer to use colour, thanks to its supple suede construction, which could be dyed easily.

A lot of the Gazelle’s cultural staying power was formed on the football fields of Europe, with the style still spotted on fans of beautiful games in stadiums and on pub carpets today. The striking design and contrasting branding paved the way for a host of sneakers that followed and even found an appeal with UK hip-hop heads, who adopted the style instead of Superstars for a short while.

The Gazelle SPZL is available to purchase now via the adidas webstore Confirmed app and select retailers. 

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