By Jake Woolf.
The Adidas Gazelle is up there with the Stan Smith, the Samba, and the Superstar as one of the classic Adidas sneaker silhouettes. They're a wear-with-everything type of kick that became even more of must-have when the brand with three stripes gave them a modern overhaul in 2016 (which actually matched the shape of early '90s versions) in a rainbow of stylish colorways like mustard yellow and sky blue. But, as seems to be the trend with all classic Adidas sneakers of late, the Gazelle now comes in a snazzy new Primeknit version.
The Adidas Primeknit fabric works particularly well here. It adds a sporty texture where nubby suede would usually reside and in a pattern that stands out from your average wallet-friendly low-tops. It's sleek without coming across as overly futuristic. Just like any run-of-the-mill Adidas Gazelle, the Primeknit version is a perfect pair for joggers, jeans, suit pants, or even shorts.
But looks aside, the real benefit here is the comfort of these kicks. Like the Primeknit Stan Smith and Primeknit Boost Stan Smith, the Primeknit Gazelle delivers a sneaker that's impossibly lightweight and refreshingly breathable. That means more style but less sweat during the hotter months of the year.
The bad news: right now the Adidas Primeknit Gazelles are only available overseas, and we're not sure just yet when they'll be landing at stores stateside (it should be very soon, however). That said, you can scoop up a pair right now from across the pond at stores like JD Sports if you don't want to wait. They go for a little more than an average pair of Adidas Gazelles (around $110 once you do the conversion versus $80), but for that extra dose of style and breathability, it's a small price to pay.
$110, buy now at jdsports.com
This story originally appeared on GQ.
More from GQ: