UK’s Express Trainers have been a little quiet with true Retrobok shoes for a while, but with Phase III’s recently appearing – a revisit paid off by revealing they’re now selling the CL Trail and Pump Running Duals shown above…. for silly money. If I’m correct, those Pumps were selling for well over £100 on Reeboks official site just a few months back, so at £55 these are a steal.
The CL Trail (not the most flattering photo above, it has to be said) is a genuinely superb ‘new retro’ shoe – inspired by the Classic Leather, but with a waterproof sealed upper, an outsole inspired by the 80’s Fjell Runners and is fleece-lined, superb for cold or wet weather conditions. I’m a big fan of these, and at £33… well, worth adding to your collection. Express Trainers (UK). —BokOne
I’m liking the colourway title for these almost as much as the colourway itself 😀 I’ve got a pair of the first wave CL Trails in Black/Orange/Grey and they’ve become a regularly worn favourite, especially in the cold of a UK Winter as they have a fleece inner lining and a chunky sole inspired by the ’87 Fell Runner. Now available at Reebok UK [Note – Titolo currently stock a similiar pair but with a black toe wrap instead of the all-over Blue, and Sivasdelcalzo stock a pair with black toe wrap/heel counter and yellow midsole] ~BokOne
A few of my favourite Reeboks are now getting very cheap at UK’s UrbanIndustry – I just wish the Exofit Hi’s were available in my size 😦 Direct Links below. ~BokOne
Well, it’s obviously Titolo day here on Retrobok — the Swiss store seems to have landed a job-lot of upcoming Reebok shoes. Here’s a 2013 colourway of the superb CL Trail shoe which is available for pre-order. An interesting detail is the ’30th Anniversary’ starcrest detail on the tongue (not seen on the 2012 CL Trail colourways for obvious reasons) – the original Classic release year has been hard to nail down, with 1985 as received common wisdom – I’m starting to believe ’83 is the correct year after all. Titolo ~BokOne
I won’t divulge full details, but I had an interesting email recently from a designer at Reebok who stated the recent CL Trails‘ soles were inspired by the Fell Runner – a shoe I’ve just added into the 80’s Wall Of Fame. I’m unsure of the Fell Runners’ exact release date (and hope somebody can confirm this) but their similiarity to the World Bests upper design suggests they appeared around 1987.
I’ve stolen the above Black/Yellow/Grey Fell Runner pictures from my friend DIXY (hope you don’t mind mate) and Googling as ever reveals pictures from odd places – here’s another in a Blue/Red/Cream colourway –
1987 World Best for comparison (originals shown)
Managed to pick up a pair of the CL Trail in Osaka, Japan a few days back (at the ever-present ABC-Marts here) and have only positive comments for these shoes. Firstly, they’re an interesting bridge for Retrobok as they use some of the latest lightweight tech as seen on the Zigs and Ultralite shoes – but have a strong retro styling unique only to Reebok.
All of the uppers appear to use the Ultralite tech – all lightweight rubber/plastics (though the overall weight of the shoe is not noticeably lighter than, say, a typical pair of Classics). However there’s some really nice details, particularly the embossed Reebok logo on the heel tab, as well as the side of the upper (now less prevalent to allow the midsoles’ bold Rebook logo to stand out to it’s fullest). Also the forefoot midsole cutouts add a more aggressive edge, while the reverse treatment on the sole (and the soles’ generally chunky, cross-country themed grips) work nicely.
But it’s actually the inner that does the job best of all – this makes the CL Trail one of the most wearable Reebok shoes currently, and is ideal for UK Winter and cooler climates being highly comfortable and instantly wearable.
There are a growing number of colourways also, the bright blue/yellow are the most surprising with the navy blue/white having the most retro flavour – I picked up a pair of the grey/orange/blacks and I’m very happy I did.
I’ll endeavour to keep updated Retrobok with where you can purchase this modern classic, if you find your own local stockist then jump in – and feedback to me here at Retrobok.
UPDATE – Now spotted at Sarenza in the UK.