Great article and stunning artwork via London Store Wavey Garms on the cultural path that Reebok Classics (ie; the ‘Franchise 5‘) have taken in the UK since their respective births in the early 80’s.
“I definitely think the Classic has got a working class association, an association with the man in the in street… it’s a leveller… not every man is going to be wearing a Stan Smith”
Couldn’t have put it better myself! —BokOne
Having lived in Australia for a few years, I’d not heard of P.E. Nation until this collab surfaced via Sneaker Bar Detroit – makes sense as P.E. were only established back in 2016, but have apparently risen fast.
Due to drop in two days time on Feb 1st, these unisex Classic Nylons run in 2 colourways — and can be seen modelled heavily on P.E. Nations own website. Always great to see an Oz brand working with Reebok.
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Nearly passed these by until I noticed the collaboration was with Germany-based Spray Can manufacturer Montana Cans. Liking the striking effect achieved on both these. Available later today from Germanys’ Asphalt Gold in Black/White or White/Black. —BokOne (Click on for more images…) Read the rest of this entry
Highsnobiety chatted with Reebok Senior Designer Chris Hill about the process behind the designs for this unique, and highly limited pack.
50 pre-sale packs will be available tomorrow (17/7) at Reebok FitHub in New York City, with 7 limited T-Shirt designs available, and Alien ‘Pins’ with purchases.
Global release is on 18/7 – the 31st anniversary of the 1986 Aliens movie – from Reebok.com and Reebok Certified Network stores, priced at US$325.
Firstly, apologies for lack of activity on Retrobok – I’ve recently relocated to Tokyo so will attempt to increase activity over the coming few months, possibly with a little more Asian markt insight.
There have been quite a few Club C 85 makeups released over the last few months; testament to the shoes’ timelessness, clean lines and the supple comfort of a Terrycloth lining. I have a few pairs and they’re regular go-to’s for urban/daily wear.
The ‘Element Pack’ (aka ELM) includes 3 subtle tonal pastel makeups with the 3 colourways being titled ‘Seaside Grey’, ‘Porcelain Pink’ and ‘Fresh Blue’ and are currently available from stores such as Overkill (Germany), Titolo (Switzerland), and End (UK / Australia and – yes, US friends, the USA!). -BokOne
I must be honest: if somebody had told me Reebok were releasing another set of Alien Stompers for Alien Day; but with completely new makeups that were not accurate to the original movie props, I’d have groaned quite loudly. But these… these are just a lot of fun.
Clearly a ridiculous amount of effort has gone into the details here; one pair represents Ripley in her bright yellow Caterpillar P-5000 Work Loader (notice the subtle P5000 debossed on the strap), and the other representing ‘the Alien’ – more officially known as Xenomorph XX121.
So many details I’ll leave you to discover for yourself (although one I want to share is Weyland-Yutani corporation earning itself a new HQ location; that of Canton – the current Reebok global HQ).
Available July 18th (Alien Day) slated at $325, which I believe includes 2 pairs of shoes in the presentation box (but I will need to confirm).
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Pretty damn wild makeup on these retros of the 1994 Instapump Fury Road, featuring not 1, not 2, but 5 different camo patterns. Great to see Reebok themselves stepping up their designs to match the more creative collabs of the last few years. Hit the jump for more images, and store links. -BokOne Read the rest of this entry
Very smart (or sneaky) move from CONCEPTS releasing this second colourway of the Insta Pump Fury, in Platinum ; an almost direct emulation of the legendary 1997 Chanel x Pump Fury. Hit the jump for more… Read the rest of this entry
We take you behind the scenes of the worlds 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 8 of this series, in line with the release of their interpretations of the reworked Club C, Reebok and Crossover introduce us to 26 year-old Chris Tham.
Good to see another one of these from Reebok Classic, this being the seventh in the Stockboy series – these always offer an insightful and personal perspective. -BokOne
From their ‘Homage’ collection, borrowing the silhouettes and detailing from some of the sneaker world’s best loved designs, the Hender Scheme Manual Industrial Products 06 is a hand-made, stripped back version of a movie icon. Constructed with natural leather uppers that will patina and age unlike any other, this distinctive design features a double velcro closure and sits on top of a leather and rubber sole.
Wow. These are quite something, I suppose if Ripley was hitting a high-end Nightclub after a heavy day of bug-stomping, she may well consider a pair of these 😉 —BokOne
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
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
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
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
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