What’s The Deal With adidas Gazelles?

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adidas sneakers are everywhere. And I’m NOT mad about it.

While Samba Vegan Shoes have been my personal favorite ever since I could get my hands on them this past fall, a new star has been quickly rising through the ranks: adidas Gazelles

I see a pair of Gazelle sneakers on someone’s feet just about every time I open my social media apps, but the reason they’re so intriguing to me isn’t entirely about their cult-like rise of fame into today’s top trends.

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adidas Gazelles: The Colorful Sneakers I’m Seeing Everywhere

Unlike my vegan Sambas, which come in only white and black, Gazelle sneakers are becoming increasingly well known for their bright, happy hues, and it’s those vibrant colors that sucked me into wanting — no, needing — a pair for myself. 

Adidas Gazelle sneakers are well known for their bright, happy hues, & it’s those vibrant colors that sucked me into wanting — no, needing — a pair for myself. 

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Now that spring is upon us, bright, happy hues is what I’m all about.

Adidas launched a collection of styles reinvented from its ’70s and ’80s archives called Adicolor, and it’s the most pleasing, dopamine-inducing sight to scroll through. Along with fun + funky shades of Gazelle sneakers, the Adicolor Collection has every element I love most about the adidas brand: boxy silhouettes, live-in-all-day sweats, unique colors and, of course, the iconic three-stripe pattern. 

Adidas launched a collection of styles reinvented from its '70s + '80s archives called Adicolor, & it's the most pleasing, dopamine-inducing sight to scroll through.

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After being tempted by Shana’s Gazelle Bold Shoes (see her rocking them here), I nearly bought the same platform sneakers in one of the spring shades (Almost Yellow is screaming my name!), but instead, I scooped up a pair of original Gazelle shoes in a juicy raspberry shade because I wanted a little less distance from the ground since I’m tall.

Sizes of the Gazelle sneakers seem to disappear fast, thanks to their increasing popularity, but the good news is that adidas has appeared to restock new colors nearly as quickly (just make sure to act fast when you find one you love!).

Fit Notes: I run between a 9.5 and 10 in shoes, but I always prefer a 9.5 in adidas’ shoes. Gazelle sneakers are no exception: size 9.5 is perfect on me. For anyone wondering, my exact color is Collegiate Burgundy/Cloud White/Gold Metallic, and I find them to be more pink in person, less red like the product images.

Two Ways I’m Styling adidas Gazelle Sneakers

The difference between my vegan Sambas and this new pair of Gazelles was immediately noticeable — the Gazelles have a bit more cushion and sole. They’re fabulously comfy, like wear-without-socks comfy, and I immediately understood the hype after my first full day wearing them.

The Gazelle sneakers have been an easy choice for trips to the park with my kid and anywhere that requires a lot of walking (the zoo, long errand days, etc.), when I want less of an athletic sneaker and more of a streetwear vibe. 

My favorite part? The shoes look good with both wide-leg pants and leggings (two of my go-tos). 

1. adidas Gazelle Sneakers With Wide-Leg Pants

I was brought right back to my high-school basketball days when I spotted track pants with snaps up the legs in the Adicolor Collection. Once an obviously practical choice for my sporty past, I became giddy with the idea of rocking them now more purposefully in everyday athleisure outfits. 

I was brought right back to my high-school basketball days when I spotted track pants with snaps up the legs in the adidas Adicolor Collection.

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The way I’m obsessed with the Adicolor Classics Adibreak Track Pants is darn right silly.

Something about the fact that I don’t (yet…) see them on anyone else around me makes me feel like the coolest mom in town. I’m a huge fan of split hems, so I prefer keeping the bottom snaps undone to create the same visual effect of open-hem pants falling over my shoes. The pants have a drawstring on the inside, which I very much appreciate, to help keep them where I want on my hips (and the staying power is strong). 

Rocking adidas wide-leg pants with a pair of bright Gazelle shoes is a great way to ease into a colorful shoe trend.

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Rocking wide-leg pants with a pair of bright shoes is a great way to ease into a colorful shoe trend too. The pants help keep the shoe from over-dominating the outfit, and you can easily wear any sock that feels comfy and cozy without worrying about proportions. 

2. adidas Gazelle Sneakers With Leggings

On the flip side, the adidas Gazelle sneakers look feminine and sporty all at once when paired with leggings, and it’s a great way to let colorful shoes be the star of the show. 

The adidas Gazelle sneakers look feminine + sporty when paired w/ leggings, & it’s a great way to let colorful shoes be the star of the show.

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The Adicolor Classics Tonal 3-Stripes Leggings are just the right balance of stretchy to be comfortable, with a silky feeling to their fabric that makes the leggings feel chic for styling with everyday outfits. I especially love how the leggings look with the suede fabric on the Gazelle sneakers. This is one of the few instances where I like to skip the socks (or wear a no-show pair), since the sneakers are more minimal in shape, and long socks can feel overwhelming between a slim legging and low profile shoe.

It’s really fun to throw on a neutral outfit and let the sneakers be the only color, but if I can find a top that mimics the same shade, I definitely don’t pass up a fun matching moment. Whether or not you’re trying to match a sweatshirt to your shoes, you have to check out the Trefoil Crew Sweatshirt — it was an immediate love affair when I first put it on (I reached for it three times just this week).

This crewneck sweatshirt isn’t wildly oversized, but it has extra fabric around the shoulders and arms, which I adore for a boxy, masculine style (and also deeply appreciate it as someone with broad shoulders). It is also the perfect amount of soft to be a comfort item on long days when you need a little extra self-lovin’. 

There's something so fun about wearing colorful shoes, & these adidas Gazelle sneakers make casual outfits really fun.

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The hype about Gazelles? Yeah, I get it now. There’s something so blazingly fun about wearing colorful shoes, and my sneaker-obsessed self can’t help but think I might need to take the Bold versions for a spin too.

Xx,
Amy

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