Looking for some vintage authenticity in your sportswear? Have a look at the 1971 design Adidas Gazelle trainers.
I know vintage trainers tend to be popular on the Mod scene. In fact, I’ve even done a 10 of the best 1960s-style trainers round-up in the past. The way things are going, I could probably extend that to a top 20 or 30. The Gazelle is that that rundown, but not in this form.
That’s because the 1971 is a new and limited release. Admittedly, there isn’t a lot of difference between these and the generally-available Gazelles. The difference is in the small detail.
That’s because the Gazelle has shifted its design gradually over the decades. Adidas has been big on there 1980s shape for reissues in the past, but it seems to have dropped back a decade for this one. And I mean one. There is just the one colour available for this reissue.
1971 is a significant year as it was the year before Adidas started to use the Trefoil logo on the heel, which was introduced in 1972. So the reissue here, as well as being based on the shape of the shoe available in 1972, also omits that logo too.
Essentially it is a more minimalist shoe that will catch the eye of collectors. If you aren’t too bothered and don’t want to pay the extra money (around £20 more) then the standard issue should suffice.
Because this is still a classic Gazelle, with most of the usual recognisable details. So a suede upper, contrast detailing for the heel and the stripes, the gum sole and the Adidas-branded tongue, Gazelle branding to the side as well.
So just the one colour and not as lot of stock as some sizes are already selling out. But if you want a pair of these in the blue suede, you are looking at £90, with Adidas the only retailer.
Via His Knibs