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Misconception #1 about the fash pack: they live in heels. Misconception #2: they’re only seen in the newest styles. Not so – some shoes are so eternally stylish that even the most demanding fashionistas will turn to them again and again. Enter, the Adidas Gazelles.
First introduced in 1966, the Gazelles gained popularity in the 1980s, before recently strutting back into the sartorial consciousness as the natural successor to the almighty reign of the Stan Smiths (AKA everyone's sneaker of choice). Low-cut, low-fi and laid-back, the Gazelles’ pared-back, retro inspired lines add instant cool to any look.
So that makes them sensible shoes that also happen to be super-stylish – in which case, sign us right up. And while everyone might be wearing them, the styling opportunities are endless. Here’s four ways to work the Gazelles – with a little help from the FROW.
Four ways to work adidas Gazelles
A pared back palette is always chic. But a secret weapon of the fash pack is to enliven neutrals with a single, colour pop accent. Red, green and electric blue Gazelles add a jolt of vibrancy to muted winter shades. Too bold? Slate grey strikes a sophisticated note. Simple, but effective.
The Gazelle's pared-back lines make it the ardent minimalist's shoe of choice. Their favourite style? Black and white, naturally. Not only the perfect addition to a strict monochrome palette, the iconic three stripes echo graphic prints. Wear with deconstructed black denim and a plain white tee for a look that is timelessly cool.
Here's a pretty perfect off-duty look for this season: of-the-moment pink co-ords, a cashmere grey sweater and Gazelles. Or how about a tailored heritage check suit, a tee and Gazelles? Perhaps wide-leg denim, a luxe leather jacket and Gazelles? You get the picture. The suede sneaks are the fash pack's off-duty shoe of choice – adding a dose of effortlessness to haute fabrics and It-accessories
Question: how do you wear ruffles and florals, sequins and lashings of pink without looking sickly sweet? Answer: Gazelles. The sneakers are the easiest way to ground an ultra-feminine aesthetic, giving exuberant prints and embroidery an unexpected effortlessness. The added bonus: a pair of knock-around kicks also gives eveningwear legs for day.
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