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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Following 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
The 1983 Reebok London is a bit of a rarety within the current release of retros’ from Reebok Classic, primarily as it was a true road-race shoe back in the day. It also sits alongside last years release of the Aztec OG in this regard; especially when you experience the shoes side-by-side each having a lightness and thinness that even modern Nike runners would find hard to match.
Beyond this, the London TC has a parallel with recent Kendrick Lamar collabs that may surprise you. Hit the jump for more macros and eulogizing… Read the rest of this entry
Fourth in the series of shorts from Reebok Classic, telling the stories of stockboys at Reebok Certified Network stores around the world. -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 4 of this series, in line with the release of their interpretations of the reworked Phase One Pros, Reebok and mita sneakers introduce us to 27-year-old Kazushige Nakamura.
This week I was fortunate to pick up the 2016 retro of the lightweight 1988 World Best OG, and spotted a rather nice side-by-side comparison of the original shoe and the 2016 retro. I’ve been told by ex-Reebok staff that the OG may have had ‘World Best’ stitched in an arc around the heel counter; which is not seen on the OG’s in the article, and differ to the 2016 retro where the 2 words are stacked. Check out the article here > K’Lekt
Please note that K’Lekt appear to have a form of clickbait: Clicking on the images -an obvious instinct given the articles’ subject- jumps to affiliate links (of the World Best at least), but I find it a little sneaky -BokOne
Within the article was also a short promo Video from Reebok for the retro:
Back at the start of the year, Reebok Classic pronounced 2016 the ‘Year of Court’ with a set of re-releases of iconic shoes such as the Club C, NPC, NPC UK and Phase 1 Pro. Since then, they’ve also been working hard releasing Court classics with collaborators such as Highs and Lows, Garbstore, Hall of Fame, Social Status, Beams, Burn Rubber, mita, Packer and Extra Butter to name… well most of them.
These super-clean NPC II’s are set to be available 1st July from Japans’ Beauty & Youth. -BokOne
Surprising treatment to the ’84 Tennis classic ‘Phase 1 Pro’, with Japans’ mita decking (ha) out much of the upper with a woodgrain effect, apparently in a nod to the days of Wooden Tennis Racquets. The toe box and heel tab have been left clean with a simple tan suede, while other details include a gum sole, chain-link insole print, dual branded tongue and white lacing.
Hit the jump for more photos of this fascinating shoe, release date and yet more poorly-chosen wooden wordplay. Read the rest of this entry