Spotlight – 1979 Aztec
The Aztec is a curious shoe with an equally curious history. First seeming to appear in 1979 as a Training shoe, it appeared to share its sole tread with the Mens Shadow I, Womens Shadow III and the Midas. From a side angle I could never understand the ugly-looking angular cut from the rear sole up the heel tab ; but when you check out the sole shape, you can appreciate the design thinking: to offer an extra-stable flat platform for heelstrikes (reminding me of the Nike Air Rift for some reason).
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I’m curious to find the real original Aztecs – some of the imagery I’ve collated shows no Reebok logo sitting on the usual side of the upper, whereas others it’s there. Some shoes feature the plastic lace loops (which look hugely practical and durable), again others don’t. Further still, some of the Aztecs have the lower half of the midsole coloured, others have the upper half. A different shoe perhaps?
Whether the original Aztec was aimed squarely at Women isn’t yet clear (if you know, please get in touch) but certainly there was a curious 2004 retro, and in 2006 a larger collection of retros under the Scarlett Johansson ♥’s RBK sub-brand (plastic loops were back!).
Step forward to 2102 and we have a pair of Womens Realflexes in Aztec colourway – without plastic lace loops or Reebok on the side.
So were the Aztecs only ever a Womans shoe?