LX8500 Vintage Pack: The Original, and the 2000’s retros
Continuing Retroboks’ excitement about the forthcoming LX8500 Vintage Pack, here’s a summation of media & info I could find about the original 1985 shoe, as well as the mid-2000’s retros.
The Original — 1985
The original – only available in the Railroad Grey/Creme/Black colourway – was Reeboks’ flagship running shoe in 1985, boasting the ‘glove leather’ upper, dipped heel tab, 3m Scotchlite reflective trim, “contoured heel stabilizer” and – like its sister shoes the GL6000 – a Goodyear Indy 500 outsole. The eponymous “Impact Support Waves” or “Midsole Flex Wave” (also seen on the 6000 and the DL5600) connected these shoes in spirit, and set a visible pricepoint precident too. Whether the Wave really did anything is another question… Perforations in the upper in the toe box and below the sidestripes helped this leather runner breathe a little easier.
It’s not hugely clear how well received or reviewed the OG LX8500 was, nor how well it sold but the lack of original examples available today suggest it was an expensive – and rare – beast indeed.
The first retros — mid-2000’s
There were are number of curious retros of the GL6000, 6500 and LX8500 in the mid-2000’s. Some – I believe this is BokTwos‘ own pair – completely lacked the Midsole Flex Wave, but certainly had plenty of reflective material!
Where these retros were made is still a mystery – whilst they were Retroboks’ in spirit the accuracy and quality left a lot to be desired. However, in the OG colourway particularly – these would fool most (the inaccurate Flex Wave, and heel counters are the biggest giveaway) —
Then things seemed to go a bit crazy in Asia, with 12 colourways shown in this Japanese catalogue —
A familiar few of these colourways can be found easily – and readily – online to this day it seems. Here’s some more online colourways —
Whilst these first wave of LX8500 retros weren’t quite the real deal, they were a positive glimpse of the future for Reebok retros, at the time there was little in the way of Retroboks around (at least in the UK)- save for the usual Classic Leathers, and CL Nylons.
2013 — Vintage Pack
Fast forward about 8 years and we arrive at a special moment in Reebok Classics releases…
More soon! —BokOne