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2015 was the year of the Stan Smith; 2016 went to the Superstar; and for 2017, my money is on the Gazelle for the Adidas sneaker we fawn over next. The Gazelle ($77) floats in that beautiful middle ground between the hefty shell-toed Superstar and the minimal, no-frills Stan Smith: The suede gives it some textural interest and makes a beautiful base for Adidas’s signature three white stripes.
The Gazelle was first sold as a performance shoe in 1968 and worn by track stars, the West Germany national soccer team, and even Olympic handball players. But over the years, the sneakers were worn by Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, and Kate Moss. Adidas started pushing the shoes again last year and made Moss a part of that effort.
I don’t remember seeing those ads, but whatever Adidas did clearly melted into my subconscious, because I snagged a pair early this year. Like the Superstars and Stan Smiths, the Gazelles are really easy to wear but have the advantage of not being everywhere — yet.