Suede is a material used in a range of Adidas shoes; it is more commonly used in the Adidas Originals collection of heritage shoes. Suede is used in the 'upper' section of Adidas shoes; the part of the shoe that surrounds and covers the foot. Suede is rarely used as a primary material in modern Adidas shoes: probably because it does not allow the foot to breathe easily and is not lightweight; when compared to modern synthetic materials.
Suede is made from the underside of animal hide - whereas nubuck is made from the outside - which gives it a soft and smooth texture; although it is not as durable as nubuck or full grain leather. Suede can be made from a range of animal hides: deer, goat, lamb, and calf. The most iconic Adidas shoe that has a suede upper is the Adidas Gazelle: released in 1972, the Gazelle is a terrace legend that was hugely popular amongst 'casuals' in the UK. Some other heritage Adidas shoes that feature a suede upper include: Adidas Spezial, Adidas Jeans, Adidas Topanga, and Adidas City Series (that includes shoes like the Adidas Hamburg, London, Dublin).