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How Adidas’ New CEO Plans to Overhaul Reebok

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A far more serious article to post here on Retrobok, but one that all of us could take stock of: Reebok USA will be restructured with a move from their existing Canton headquarters in 2017, and with a workforce reduction of 150, as well as closure of Factory Outlets and FitHub stores.

We can only hope that the Classic team and all those involved are unaffacted, and the continued superb output of retros’ and new footwear stays on par. -BokOne

Read the full article over at FootwearNews here

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Distinct Views x Bolton; Video & 4th shoe.

A perfect video with Rick Williams explaining the inspiration for his 4 ‘Distinct Views’ collab on the Bolton. The fourth shoe ‘TakuBeats’ – inspired by Tokyo nightlife – will release on 3rd November at stores such as Burn Rubber. Retrobok cannot recommend these shoes highly enough – if you don’t already own a pair, you’re missing out.-BokOne

Renarts x LX 8500 ‘Dead End Kids’

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Apparently inspired by the off-field behaviour of the 1986 New York Mets team, these stunning LX 8500’s feature an all-black leather upper, with a Mets-Blue suede toecap, and orange piping on the medial (inner) side of the shoe representing the neon signs at the Mets’ Shea stadium. Hit the jump for more photography and keyboard mashing. Read the rest of this entry

Alien Stomper Mid – Blue/White

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Following the highly limited release back in April of the OG Alien Stomper Hi and Mids, things have been a little quiet on the retro hi-top front at Reebok Classic.

But mita Japan recently posted a hint that the venerable Stomper maybe getting some re-release love, albeit in an alternative colourway, but hopefully with wider availability. I’m not seeing any release information just yet, but will keep my ear to the ground 😉 -BokOne

Awesome Reebok documentary

Not sure where to start with this one – so much amazing stuff relevant to Reeboks’ history and Reebok Classics’ history to cover: The birth/split of Reebok from J.W. Fosters; the name change from Mercury Sports; the various locations of offices and workshops in and around Bolton; the early logo and branding changes relating to Adidas; origin of the Starcrest (something that I’m proud that Retrobok accurately reverse-enginereed); some original key UK staff; the explosion of sales in the US with Paul Firemans’ involvement; and much much more. It’s a very atmospheric documentary too – I believe produced by (parent company) Adidas in 2011/2012.

Thanks to Brian for sharing this in the contact section. —BokOne

Graphlite Pro — Macros

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The 1993 Graphlite Pro is an insane shoe. Period. Packing Hexalite, a half-cut carbon fiber arch bridge, semi-structural crosschecks, a hyper-light zigzagging laceloop rail, and a ridiculous amount of design details (every one of them impeccably executed on my pair), it’s actually their lightweight that astounds most. Hit the jump for macro photos.  Read the rest of this entry

Exclusive look — NPC UK x Distinct Life

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Cleaner than a Nuns’ conscience, these Distinct Life x NPC UK‘s run in an ultra-clean white leather makeup with a wealth of debossed detailing, an olive/gum midsole, and ‘the talented tenth’ nomenclature in a number of places on the shoe.

Curiously, I’m seeing little in online information about release of these – so keep your eyes peeled. Hit the jump for more amateur photography. —BokOne  Read the rest of this entry

Paris Runner OG x Size? 2012 limited edition – one size only!

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Back in 2012, Size? Paris released a highly limited number of Paris Runners – 50 to be exact.
Curiously, Size? have recently added the legendary ’84 shoe – in size 12 only – to their online store, at a not-inconsiderable price…  Read the rest of this entry

BBC – Inside the Factory featuring David Foster

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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

Reebok Classic – Stockboy: Bodega

We take you behind the scenes of the world’s finest sneaker retailers, away from the shop floor, into the world of the Stockboy. He’s the guy (or girl) who’s got the lowdown on the latest release, who still gets the buzz from a fresh delivery and who lives an inspirational life outside of the day to day. In episode 6 of this series, in line with the release of their interpretations of the reworked NPC UK, Reebok and Bodega introduce us to 30 year old Lee Beard.

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

GL snaps from BokTwo

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Dixy – aka BokTwo – is a longtime contributor and has been an invaluable moral Retrobok supporter since we ‘met’ a few years back on the old Crooked Tongues forums (RIP to that legendary place). He’s also a man I’ve been trying to convince to run a Collectors Feature on, particularly as he has a tidy collection with some real OG ‘boks… He recently picked up some GL 3000’s (a ‘new retro’) and took these tidy snaps with others in the GL family – he has many more fwiw 😉 Hit the jump for more angles. -BokOne  Read the rest of this entry

Reebok Classic – Stockboy: atmos

Fifth in this brilliant series; and we stay in Japan at the atmos store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. -BokOne

We take you behind the scenes of the world’s finest sneaker retailers, away from the shop floor, into the world of the Stockboy. He’s the guy (or girl) who’s got the lowdown on the latest release, who still gets the buzz from a fresh delivery and who lives an inspirational life outside of the day to day. In episode 5 of this series, in line with the release of their interpretations of the reworked Phase One Pro, Reebok and atmos introduce us to 26-year-old Takumi Ueda

Graphlite Pro… it lives!

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Feauturing an asymetrical carbon fiber arch bridge from the Pump Fury, space-age details, and very very 90’s colourway and patterns on the upper; the 90’s semi-mid Graphlite Pro cross trainer has appeared out of nowhere onto European Reebok websites. This thing is insane. Thanks to Bobby ‘Necro’ Hall for the spot.-BokOne

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London TC Vintage — new colourways

Reebok-London-TCFollowing my London TC unboxing post, 2 more colourways of the ultra-light 1983 road racer have appeared in stores. The first of which makes it look near-identical to the OG Paris Runner – sure, both France and the United Kingdom have flags featuring Red, White and Blue but I can’t help loving the crossover feeling here! Hit the jump for the 2nd tidy colourway and store links. —BokOne  Read the rest of this entry