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Category Archives: Interviews

Collector Feature #9 — Kevin Hoyle (New Zealand)

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For Retrobok Collector Feature #9, we have a big guy from a small island, with an insane collection and a passion that is simply off the scale. Hit the jump to witness possibly the most impressive collection and display you’ve ever seen….  Read the rest of this entry

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Collector Feature #8 — Sneaker Grandpa

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Retrobok is proud to present its’ 8th Collector Feature, this time with Instagram legend ‘Sneaker Grandpa’ (real name Patrick Dempsey) from the US who doesn’t mince his words on quality… Hit the jump, it’s a mammoth interview! Read the rest of this entry

Feature — David Foster: Creating the Victory GTI Road Trainer.

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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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Shoe Gallery talks to Hypebeast TV about ‘Flamingos at war’

So it’s Hypebeast TV day here at Retrobok! Second of 3 clips, this time looking into the collaboration between Miamis’ Shoe Gallery and Reebok Classics with the striking ‘Flamingos at war’ makeup of the Classic Leather. Something that has just occurred to me is whether this is the last of the low CL collabs we see in 2013….? Shoe Gallery (USA) —BokOne

Foot Patrol talks to Hypebeast TV about ‘On the rocks’

Jimmy Horrocks of Londons’ reborn Foot Patrol gives us an insight into the collaboration with Reebok Classics for their ‘On the rocks’ makeup of the CL Mid. Foot Patrol (UK). —BokOne

Swizz Beatz talks Classics with Complex TV

Swizz Beatz talked with Complex TV recently about Reebok Classics success and the next stage of its’ business game plan. Great to see him rocking some GL 6000’s — yep a new colourway, and screengrab below. He also reveals that Reebok (unclear whether Reebok global or Reebok Classics division) are ‘up 30% this year’ which is proof of their continued success, and bodes very well for the future. Click the image above or the link here to check the video > Complex TV —BokOne

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Classic Leather — 30th Anniversary interview with David Foster


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

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HypeBeast Interview — Ryan Cross, Reebok Classics

Short yet sweet interview from HypeBeast (back in February) where the Director of Reebok Classic Reserve Collection talks about the Reebok Certified Network, and the ‘franchise 5’. Stored here at Retrobok for reference. Click on for full interview. —BokOne  Read the rest of this entry

Counterkicks — Interview: Paul Litchfield

I wanted to re-link to this superb 2009 interview with The Pump™ inventor Paul Litchfield, posted on the 20th Anniversary of the original Pump. As it’s in 3 parts at Counterkicks – and in the interests of archiving historical  information – I’ve created a dedicated page for it here on Retrobok[The original 3 part interview at Counterkicks starts here]. 

Click to read here at Retrobok in full. —BokOne

Collector Feature #1 — Alex Schuh, Germany

I’m proud to present Retroboks‘ first Collector Feature. With more on the way, I’m really happy to kick things off with a keen Pump fan from Germany who’s collection is pretty special. Click through to read the full feature. —BokOne 

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Interview – David Foster

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