adidas Gazelle Indoor Trainer history

Everything You Need To Know About The adidas Gazelle Indoor Trainer

The adidas Gazelle Indoor trainer drew inspiration from the Handball Spezial and was introduced as an indoor alternative to the original Gazelle.

When we think of the adidas Gazelle trainer we think of of the casuals & the colourful 90s era but before “Cool Britannia” & the hundred different colourways there was also another version of the Gazelle, the adidas Gazelle Indoor trainer. Originally released as an “indoor” alternative, the Gazelle Indoor might not be as recognisable as the OG Gazelle or the Gazelle 91′ but its relevance to the Gazelle story is just as important as the rest. The Gazelle Indoor is now re-introduced to 80s Casual Classics for the latest season.

adidas Gazelle Indoor Trainer history

Above: The adidas Gazelle Indoor trainer in white/navy now available from 80s Casual Classics.

The main notable difference of the Gazelle Indoor was the translucent gum sole unit which wrapped around the entire shoe as oppose to the traditional textured white midsole of the OG Gazelle from 1968, the Gazelle II & also the Gazelle 91′. The Gazelle Indoor took its “Indoor” inspiration from the Handball Spezial which was released in 1979 as an indoor court performance shoe & also featured the translucent sole unit. Minus the t-toe design, the suede overlays to the heel counter & a slightly sturdier looking sole, the Handball Spezial could quite easily be mistaken for the Gazelle Indoor by a 3 stripes novice. Another notable adidas style which included ‘Indoor’ in its title was the adidas Indoor Super and although the Indoor Super was a squash shoe and had nothing really to do with the Gazelle story, its intended indoor court use was kind of similar.

adidas Gazelle Indoor Trainer history

Above: The adidas Gazelle Indoor trainer in white/navy now available from 80s Casual Classics.

Originally released in the early 80s as a performance handball trainer, the Gazelle Indoor trainer quickly caught the attention of different subcultures. The 1980s saw the Gazelle connect with B-boy culture in the US as well as the Casuals in the UK allowing the Gazelle to become one of the most popular adidas trainers of the era. After some 20 years in the adidas archives, the Gazelle Indoor was re-released back in 2011. The last 9 years has seen a variety of colourway releases of the Gazelle Indoor from bold green to active red.

adidas Gazelle Indoor Trainer history

Above: The adidas Gazelle Indoor trainer in white/navy now available from 80s Casual Classics.

The adidas Gazelle Indoor is now re-worked for the latest season for a updated spin on the early 80s handball trainer. This latest version ditches the signature translucent gum sole unit of the original Indoor trainer for an off white sole for a unique retro look. Highlights of the re-worked classic include premium leather uppers in white with T-toe overlays in grey suede to the toe vamp. Contrasting navy leather 3 stripes to the sidewalls complete the classic adi look alongside original Trefoil branding to the tongue tab.

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