There are two well-known Adidas silhouettes: the Stan Smith and the Superstar. Right below them is the Samba, co-signed by Jonah Hill. And exactly below that lies a sleeper hit: the Adidas Gazelle, a popular athletic trainer that is way above its weight. It’s also a favorite of Noah’s co-founder and designer Brendon Babenzien, who picked a sleeker version of the Gazelle OG for his label’s latest collaboration with the Three Stripes.
The duo of sneakers falls directly into the world of upscale men’s fashion that Babenzien has built up at Noah. The Gazelle’s origins can be traced back to the 1960s, but Babenzien focused on a specific aesthetic: New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as a bit of his childhood on Long Island. The collection offers a relatively unexpected take on the style with two extremely bold versions inspired by Noah’s main collection. The first Gazelle opts for canvas material with a multi-colored camo print in hunter orange and other earth tones, while the second has a loud cheetah print in fluffy pony hair. There is something about the Gazelle silhouette – sporty but not too sporty, simple but not boring – that makes it a perfect candidate for the flashy color updates we see here.
The Gazelle OG is also lighter and less clunky than its predecessor, which makes it feel more modern while still evoking retro vibes. That said, this is the type of sneaker that will get to the point in the years to come. Perhaps take a page from the lookbook and combine it with spacious pants or sweatpants. Or if you’re feeling particularly brave, maybe even wear the camouflage colors with the matching parka.