OG Reebok VTS in detail
Retrobok visitor Paul Gallagher was kind enough to post a number of detailed photos of his OG VTS Trainer to the Retrobok Facebook page.
Photos of vintage Reeboks like this are surprisingly rare, more usually appearing in eBay adverts. I’ve little information on the VTS myself, other than there was a range of 3 Mens’ colourways and 2 Kids, shown in a 1982 catalogue. These can be seen, separated in the 80’s section of the Retrobok Shoe Archive and also posted below. Click to read on.
My guess – and it’s reasonably clear when you compare this alongside the sleeker silhouettes of the then-brand new Freestyle – is that the VTS was a mid-to-late Seventies shoe, and which was by 1982 looking a little dated – so I doubt it was continued for much longer.
The other clue here is the tongue label ; “from a tradition of over 75 years” dates the shoe from 1970 onwards based on the ubiquitous 1895 date stated for Reebok (JW Fosters in truth), leaving us with a date range of 1970-1982 (our honorary visitor David Foster is always welcome to put things straight of course!).
As for the shoes design details ; it’s certainly of a certain era with it’s rippled gum outsole (70’s heel-cut included), you’ll also notice there’s no Reebok logo on the side of the upper – it’s only appearance in gloriously oversized form on the heel tabs and tongue label of course. There’s another interesting detail here too – on the gold-stitched tongue label, the reverse clearly states ‘Made in Korea’ but the front of the label states ‘[something] in England’…
Whatever the truth, Paul has a pretty rare pair of Retroboks here, thanks again for the photos Paul 🙂 —BokOne
Original Catalogue images of the VTS range —