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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2008
The adidas Gazelle is one of those shoes you buy for a weekend afternoon to wear along with your softest jeans and most comfortable shirt. They look really nice in person, and offer a bit more arch support (and heel height) than many other "old school" retro shoes - but are still a low heeled shoe when compared to modern running and basketball shoes. Insoles are non-removable, so you can't upgrade the fit.

These are slightly narrow and slightly long for their given size. The extra length appears to be due to the rounded shape of the toe box - from experience these will just be a hair long - but not like a well known popular canvas retro shoe where you need to fall back in size.

Overall I'd buy another pair without hesitation, and recommend them to a friend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2014
The Gazelle has been in the Adidas lineup forever. Some might call it a "retro" shoe, but it's a timeless, no-frills design.
Some things to be aware of, if you're new to the Gazelle:

It's suede. You don't want to get it wet too often. It'll darken the color permanently. If you get the black version, it won't matter as much. Some reviewers complain that it's tight and narrow. This is desirable in suede. As the suede stretches from wear, it conforms to your foot, and you end up with a very comfortable shoe. I'm a 9.5, and that's what I wear in these. It takes about 10 days of daily wear for them to start loosening up on my foot.

The tongue isn't padded. It's a thin, vinyl tongue, like the tongue on the Adidas Samba. When you first get it, it'll be squeaky, until the laces set themselves into the tongue. This thin tongue allows for a more responsive feel on the foot, but it may be an adjustment if you're used to wearing modern moon-boot shoes. In fact, the entire shoe is quite thin, but it isn't floppy. You can easily squeeze into them while they're laced, without having to dig a finger into them to pull the scrunched-up back of the shoe out.

It has a fairly slick sole. You won't be hiking in it. It's not a hard rubber, but it's not a sticky gum rubber, either. It's VERY well bonded to the rubber rand around the bottom. The shoes, in general, are tough, simple, and understated, with the suede providing a bit of casual elegance.

I've worn them for so long that I take them for granted. I think of the Gazelle as a utilitarian shoe, until people comment on them. "Sweet shoes..."

Then I think "Yeah, they really are.".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
Way back in '71 I bought my first Adidas Gazelles (in blue) for running cross country. Back then all the cool kids were wearing them. This version is no longer made of Kangaroo hide or made in Germany. The blue is a little deeper but the three white stripes are still there. I like the way they look and the way that they feel. This is my fourth pair since high school. I'll continue to buy them as long as they're available. I bought the last pair years ago, they're a bit faded but still serviceable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2008
These are my favorite pair of shoes, and I keep buying more just because I think they are so great! They wear very well, hold up great over time, and look great with almost anything! I gotta have my adidas!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2010
These shoes fit great and look really cool. However, they are very squeaky. Every time I walk around I can here them squeak. This is the top flap rubbing against the shoe. I'm not sure if this goes away with time or not but it has been two weeks already. Aside from that, I really do like them and I'm going to keep wearing them. I just hope they stop squeaking at some point.

Update: They did stop squeaking. It's been two years since I bought these shoes and they are still my primary shoe!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2014
i love this style. I used to buy the sambas, but they squeak too much and take too long to break in. I bought the black ones with white stripes and love them. They fit comfortably and are great for casual wear or in the gym.

My only gripe (and the reason they lose a star) is that the sole on these seem to be wearing a bit too fast. I do a lot of walking on concrete on my weekends and I do wear these often, but I expect sneakers to last more than a couple of months before the soles start wearing thin. Maybe my expectations are too high, but $60 for casual shoes is kind of on the high side. If I every see these on clearance however, I will buy as many pairs as I can. Most brick and mortar stores don't carry normal looking sneakers like these any more. Everything is neon pink and green.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
Very comfortable and quality made shoes, plus you can't beat the classics... Always fashionable, and in the midst of retro 80's style making a come back in 2014, nowhere near as ugly.. I have resorted to buying my shoes online these days because all you can find in the stores are some really FUGLY shoes.. I didn't wear that crap in the 80's and I'm not going start now...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
Shoes were like I expected and remember from past days, though not in same color scheme. Always found of adidas shoes. They fit as I expected. Would recommend to others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2014
I had the Gazelle OG's for years and I love them to death, but they're a bit beat up and could use a replacement, so I got these expecting only minor differences. Well I couldn't have been more wrong. The great thing about the Gazelle OG's was the thin sole. I like having a thin sole on my shoes, hate feeling like I'm walking on a thick slab of rubber. These shoes however have lost that property. And probably the worst thing about these shoes that really made me stop wearing them after 2 weeks is the tongue. Every step you take in these shoes will make an annoying audible squeak. It drove me nuts. On top of that, the Gazelle OG had a good solid tongue build, whereas on these shoes it seems like they glued some felt onto a strip of styrofoam. Flimsy and ugly. Even though these are less expensive than the Gazelle OG's, I would highly advise against buying these shoes and opting for the OG's because those shoes are certainly the best I've ever owned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
I have narrow feet and these shoes fit me better than any other shoes I've ever owned. They hold up great!
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