Adidas launches Manchester United and Manchester City inspired Gazelle trainers

The Adidas Gazelle trainer is a staple of the brand’s huge catalogue and two pairs of trainers are making their return after a 33 year absence just in time for the Manchester derby.

The global brand has brought back two Gazelle colours that were last released back in 1991 when Alex Ferguson’s European Cup Winner’s Cup champions played out a 0-0 draw against a City team comprising of Peter Reid and Niall Quinn. And while much has changed since then City were still fielding the most expensive defender in English football history – £2.5m man Keith Curle.

To celebrate the Manchester derby on Sunday 3 March Adidas has launched red and light blue colours for the Gazelle trainer as inspired by the Manchester clubs. They do not include any club badges or names but the colours match those of the team’s home shirts.

The City-inspired pair cost £85 and feature the classic Adidas Trefoil logo with black trim just like the 1991 version. They are available to pre order here. The United-inspired pair cost the same (£85) and are available now.

Adidas knows the Gazelle is entrenched in football culture when fans from cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds would travel to Europe and bring the latest colourways back to the football terraces of the 1970s and 1980s. In fact, the brand has previously launched 16 football-specific trainers featuring eight clubs and eight countries.

The football pack trainers include Arsenal, Celtic, Bayern, Leeds, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Seattle Sounders as well as Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Chile, Italy and Spain. They are on sale here.

In the past Adidas has also launched city-themed trainers including the new Amsterdam pair, as well as stunning Subbuteo trainers.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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