Ventilator Vintage OG (Chalk/Sushi Green/Solar Pink/Rivet Grey) + promo kit + macro pics
The Reebok Ventilator is now a staggering 25 years old. Reebok Classics have been sweet as a nut sending me out the latest ‘retrobok’ to get some special focus, this time with a whole promo kit for the 1990 shoe here in its’ ‘vintage’ outing and the first of a staggered 3-part colourway release.
So let’s begin…
Unfortunately I don’t have a pair of genuine OG’s to provide a direction comparison, just a pair of the 2014 in Blue/Red (with the speckled midsole – a pair that I love so much, I’m wearing out too quickly), as well as the 2014 dip-dyed in Black/Green. But let’s jump in and take a look.
Here’s some photos of the promo kit first —
The kit includes a Windbreaker, which uses the chalkboard texture very accurately, as does the sports bag – with a pink mesh down one side. Each are detailed with lime coloured eyelets and piping, Starcrest zip pulls and woven Reebok Classic logos. The kit intriguingly includes a USB-compatible cassette player, with a Travi$ Scott cassette ready to go: the addition of stickers including some artwork by Jonathan Mannion (he recently shot Kendrick Lamar posing in the Vents) rounds off a very fun kit indeed.
The key difference with this Vintage release is on the upper: with a fully embroidered tongue (as opposed to the simpler sewn label) and a slightly creased ankle wrap/tongue material. Here’s a comparison shot with my 2014’s —
The embroidered Reebok logo on the side of the upper also includes it’s registered ® which the 2014 does not:
These Vintages also run lighter than recent Ventilator makeups (some of which are, admittedly, not utilising the mesh in the upper which can only add a few grams of weight) and act as a reminder just how much of an achievement this shoe was back in 1990, remembering it packs in Hexalite tech as well.
I’m over the moon to get the Ventilator Vintage into my collection, and I’ll be honest — I was never entirely convinced about the Ventilators’ OG colourways, which photos don’t typically do justice.
But with the front-to-back light-to-dark panelling (which visually gives the shoe a weighted appearance at the rear), the chalkboard patterns and green/pink colour-pops (I mean, how much more 90’s can you get than that?) and that striking instep arch detail, I love them to death. Proudly added to my collection —
Thanks once again to Angela at Reebok Classics. —BokOne
Release details —
Already released this past weekend, you need to get your skates on to snag a pair (or eBay possibly if others are selling their promo kits). Available now from retailers such as —
(US) Reebok US, Sneaker Politics, BAIT, Packer Shoes, Major, Wish, and Feature
(Europe/UK) Reebok UK, Reebok Germany, Reebok France, Titolo, SNS, Overkill for
(Asia/Australasia) Reebok Japan, Reebok Korea