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The BBC series Inside the Factory recently broadcast an episode about the manufacturing processes of running shoes, which goes behind the scenes at the UK’s New Balance factory in Flimby. Within the show, David Foster talks about the history of JW Foster & Sons, and the birth and success of Reebok. Hit the jump for viewing options. Read the rest of this entry
With the retro of the
1979 1978 Aztec released today, I got in touch with David Foster (his Father Joe and Uncle Jeff started Reebok from the ashes of the J.W. Fosters company in 1958) to ask his memories of the shoe, and it’s success. David not only confirms the original release year (!!), the impact this shoe had on Reebok sales and success, but also the model of the first Reebok Womens shoe. Read on!
Some more fascinating insights into the making of 80’s Reebok runners from David Foster.
David is the 8th generation of the Foster family involved in shoemaking — his Father Joe and Uncle Jeff started Reebok from the ashes of the J.W. Fosters company in 1958. David himself was directly involved in the design and manufacture of some of Reeboks’ most succesful shoes in the 1980’s.
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I was extremely happy to see David Foster post up some of his memories of one of the last Reebok shoes handmade in Bolton, UK. Even happier as the Fjell series – particularly for their matching colourways and innovative tech – are some of my all-time favourite Retroboks – alongside some other personal favourites such as the PB and World Best.
It was a bittersweet time for Reebok as a company, as the transition to it becoming a completely USA-based was by then nearly complete. Hit the jump to read Davids’ annotations on the Fjells and a range of related shoes, back in the late 1980’s. Retrobok hopes to garner more from Davids’ memory in time.
With thanks to Stephen at Reebok Shoe Archive for some of the images below. —BokOne
For the 30th Anniversary of the 1983 Reebok Classic Leather,
Retrobok approached David Foster with some more questions
to unearth the early history of this now-legendary shoe.
David is the 8th generation of the Foster family — his father Joe and uncle Jeff
started Reebok from the ashes of the J.W. Fosters company in 1958. He was
directly involved in the design and manufacture of some of Reeboks’
most successful shoes in the 1980’s. He now runs his own footwear company.
He was kind enough to take time to answer Retroboks’ questions,
and also speaks his mind. Click on to read. —BokOne
Retrobok is hugely fortunate to have interviewed David Foster, revealing some fascinating insights into Reeboks’ history. David is the 8th generation of the Foster family involved in shoemaking — his Father Joe and Uncle Jeff started Reebok from the ashes of the J.W. Fosters company in 1958. David himself was directly involved in the design and manufacture of some of Reeboks’ most succesful shoes in the 1980’s. Read on for a glimpse into Reeboks’ most important years — and to discover the influence from Volvo Cars … Read the rest of this entry
Another set of superb adverts showcasing some of the JW Fosters companys’ output in the later years of it’s existence. Remembering that in 1958, Reebok had been formed by disgruntled Foster family members seeing what Adidas and Puma were achieving with cheaper technology, thus leaving the original JW Fosters company to struggle onward. Continue reading… Read the rest of this entry
Another gem from David Gumbley, who informs me this advert is from early 1968. Bear in mind firstly, that Reebok itself was born in 1958 from JW Fosters which struggled onwards for a number of years — precisely how many I’ve yet to ascertain. If you happen to know when JWF officially closed please let me know. The boot itself has a curious ‘crown’ detail on the side of the shoe, whilst the advert itself reveals a glimpse of the hardworking nature of shoemaking for the Fosters (‘phone … until 11pm’), whether this was the norm or a result of their struggling business I am unclear. Shortly I’ll consider creating a new section here on Retrobok to catalogue JW Fosters shoes. Remember to take a look at the revised History section too. ~BokOne
Retrobok unearthed a superbly detailed article about the history of the Foster family and Reeboks’ roots. 2 facts stand out most: Reeboks’ track success can be traced back to Cricket shoes, and for a short period JW Fosters and Reebok were rival companies.
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After weeks of solid work, Retrobok is proud to present the updated RETROBOK SHOE ARCHIVE.
Hit the jump to read more! Much more….
The Archive is now offline.
Click the image above to link to the OneDrive archive
Thanks to the following historical contributors:
Stephen Toole (Reebok Shoe Archive – 80s 90s Vintage Classic Retro)
David Gumbley (NoSugar)
Superb spot from Gary who notified Retrobok about this super-rare advert seen on eBay Canada.
Curious how contemporary the Spitfire appears in this circa 1980/1981 advert, as well as a few oddities within the content; I’m not sure how well-known and iconic the (British World War 2 era) Spitfire was to Americans (imagine an ‘American Running Shoe’ sold in the UK as a Corsair for example).
I’d also never heard of the ‘mummy’* lacing system before – and studying the advert carefully I’m not convinced it offers anything much as a sales feature!
Anyhow, great find. Thanks again to Gary for this spot; contributions are always appreciated! Image has been added to the 80’s Media Page. -BokOne
Buy the real advert at eBay Canada.
David Foster was kind enough to explain the mummy lacing system to Retrobok:
*the Mummy lacing system, refers to the BLUCHER style lacing system, which pulled the facing from further around the instep of the foot, wrapping the foot in the shoe upper, hence Mummy! it gave the shoe an unusual look and all our running shoes returned to an oxford style laced facing after this, with either Nylon speed lacing, AZTEC, Victory, etc,. or Gillie variable lacing from AZII onward. —David Foster
It needs saying, and it needs saying loud: 2015 has been another great year for Reebok retros. With the Ventilators‘ 25th Anniversary came the OG’s then dozens of stunning collabs. A smorgasbord of LX 8500 makeups and collabs appeared – some blurring the line between the shoe and its’ fabric/mesh brethren the GL 6000. Read on…. Read the rest of this entry
…is a very very good question. If I was to presume (and I may have to pick David Fosters’ brain on this) that the 1985 LX 8500 was essentially a luxury nubuck leather/pigskin makeup of the GL 6000, then what is a Fabric/Mesh makeup of an LX 8500? Read on for 4 more surprising colourways and meandering waffle 😉 Read the rest of this entry