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July 05, 2005

Adidas Hemp Gazelle

The Adidas Hemp Gazelle, despite its mildly misleading name is a traditional sneaker from Adidas. It gained its name as it is largely made with hemp, which has caused a variety of reactions among different groups of people. Among trendy youth, the Adidas Hemp Gazelle is extremely popular and stylish. Whether this is because of the quality and design of the shoe or the association of hemp with marijuana is still a matter of debate. Many shoe related websites emphasize the long lasting and durable qualities of hemp, leading one to believe that the success of the Adidas Hemp Gazelle is earned from its attributes. Conversely, the Adidas Hemp Gazelle has gained several nicknames, ‘The Chronic’ being the most popular, that would suggest it is popular based on its association with marijuana. Whatever side of the debate you choose to side with, the success of this shoe cannot be denied.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Adidas Hemp Gazelle has encountered a negative reaction from many who say that the shoe is capitalizing on the marijuana culture found in the US. In response to the negative press the Adidas Hemp Gazelle received, Adidas chose to rename the show the ‘Gazelle Natural’. However, a careful inspection of the product will still find the term ‘hemp’ on a tag of the shoe. While the Adidas Hemp Gazelle has undergone it’s share of controversy, it has done little to impact the reputation of the Adidas, which is still seen as a manufacturer of high quality sports shoes and trendy fashion articles. Furthermore, the Adidas Hemp Gazelle can still be found at many large retailers, although it will be listed under its more recent name.

Posted by ben at July 5, 2005 12:10 PM


Please send me some websites where I can purchase this shoe.

Posted by: David at August 30, 2005 10:44 PM

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