Always great to see high resolution images of well-kept OG Retroboks, in this case the Hurricane – a 1983 runner named after the WW2 British Fighter Aircraft (the Hurricane was a lesser-known fighter to the Spitfire incidentally), and the shoe can be seen in a 1983 Catalogue here. Read on for more images & link. Read the rest of this entry
First in a series of posts showcasing the fantastic reference material sent to me by collector Dave Gumbley, is the original 1983 Reebok Classic. Let me repeat myself: the ORIGINAL Reebok Classic. This was – I believe – the pre-cursor to the legendary Classic Leather (also released in 83), and shares familiar details such as the sole design, here identified as the Roadstar outsole. I’m also loving the running track graphics on the bottom right, which reinforces the sidestripes design inspiration (notwithstanding Onitsuka Tigers‘ similiar sidestripes seen decades before).
As the advert above curiously shows the shoes in black & white, here’s a teaser catalogue image showing it in full colour. It’s a mystery as to why this shoe has disappeared into history, while it’s Leather namesake has done rather well for itself – perhaps the marketable difference between a real running shoe, and a casual/lifestyle/’terrace’ shoe. Huge thanks to Dave for sending this material to Retrobok 😀 More shortly! ~BokOne
The actual Reebok Classic is rarely featured on Retrobok due to endless low-end reissues, and whilst the BRK SC shown below looks very much the UK lads’ shoe, it has some more interesting details above the usual cheap metallic trimmings —
Aside from the inners’ stripes, the tongues’ oversize Starcrest motif, and the ‘Since 1983’ embossed on the Heel Counter, the particular standout detail is the Starcrest tread pattern —
Check out the images and decide for yourself – if it’s your thing it’s available now at Very in the UK, alongside some more usual treatments of the ’83 Classic. ~BokOne