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Sole Trainer new colourways

The early 90’s Sole Trainer (aka Mantra HXL or Concorde depending which country you lived in during the 90’s) has another set of very lively colourways to earn it more interest – which it certainly deserves (check out the Retrobok quick review here).

The China Red/Seagull makeup we’ve seen recently in some of the boutique stores, but the ‘acid’ Green and ‘energy’ Blue pair are very new and work superbly with the mesh on the upper. I’d actually say the Green pair genuinely look like a 2014 era running shoe, with only the 90’s midsole giving away the retro truth 🙂

Available now from Reebok UK. —BokOne

Quick Review — Sole Trainer


Reebok Classics were kind enough to send me a pair of this retro’d 1990 shoe, and I’ll be honest — even as proprietor of Retrobok it was a shoe I might have passed by, based on online photos.   Read the rest of this entry

Sole Trainer — China Red/Seagull/White

What no other Sneaker sites will tell you is that the rather uninspiringly-titled Sole Trainer has had a multitude of more interesting names over the years — names such as (my favourite) Mantra HXL and the Concorde. Reebok have released this bold China Red/Seagull/White colourway for the under-appreciated Sole Trainer, available now from Sneaker Politics (USA). Standby for a quick review of this shoe right after this post… —BokOne

1990/1991 — UK Catalogues

Bournes Sports Catalogue, 1990 (UK)

More fascinating insights into 90’s Reebok history within the Retrobok Media section, courtesy of David Gumbley at No Sugar. Some fascinating name changes can be deduced from these catalogues.  The (currently titled) Sole Trainer was once the Concorde (technically the Concorde HXL), and the recently re-released ERS 2000 was once the Exhilarator ERS (correct product spelling)I’ve also discovered the ERS 5000 used to be called the Extasy, but that’s another story…. click on for more —BokOne

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