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The Fjell Running series (’88-’89) and related shoes — a brief history from David Foster

Fjell Runner
I was extremely happy to see David Foster post up some of his memories of one of the last Reebok shoes handmade in Bolton, UK. Even happier as the Fjell series – particularly for their matching colourways and innovative tech – are some of my all-time favourite Retroboks – alongside some other personal favourites such as the PB and World Best.

It was a bittersweet time for Reebok as a company, as the transition to it becoming a completely USA-based was by then nearly complete. Hit the jump to read Davids’ annotations on the Fjells and a range of related shoes, back in the late 1980’s. Retrobok hopes to garner more from Davids’ memory in time.

With thanks to Stephen at Reebok Shoe Archive for some of the images below. —BokOne

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PB OG — Detailed photos

 

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Continuing this series showcasing these sweet, sweet photos from eBay user eBay jerico_st.adrian are one of the holy grail of Retroboks ; the 1987 PB. Designed by Reebok USA these run a Red-White-Blue colourway, pack a Nappa Pigskin and Nylon upper, brazen red flashes on the toe box and that unique red sash down the back of each heel counter (reminiscent of bowling shoes, as I’m sure most of you will agree). For anyone wondering about PB, it means ‘Personal Best’ — a runners own fastest time.

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The laces also have an alternating plastic ghillie loops which not often seen on 80’s Reebok runners; they were however featured on mid-to-early 80’s Reeboks such as the GL 1600, LC 1500, LC 1600, LC 3000 and CL 1500.

The outsole pattern is — I believe — unique to the PB, and the PB only. There is a prominent Goodyear debossed logo in the middle of the sole, and that large Starcrest & Reebok logo adjacent.

As I’m sure you’ll agree, the PB was one — if not THE — finest looking runners from Reebok in the 1980’s (and since) and is sorely deserving a solid retro to prove Reeboks’ ability to create superb technical runners. 

…Reebok Classics I’m looking squarely at you now 🙂 —BokOne

eBay.com Reebok PB OG

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80’s Reeboks

Shoes are shown in their original colourway(s) where possible. With thanks to DefyNewYork and David Foster. ++Please note that Retrobok is working on a new Gallery format for this page, so content on this page is not currently being updated++

1980

Victory G
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1981

Victory XL  (1981-82)

Shadow I (1981-83) $17.99 RRP
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Shadow III (Womens) – (1981-83) £16.99 RRP
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Cougar ’81

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1982

Freestyle (Womens)

VTS (3 colourways)

DHS (Throwing Shoe – TBC)

Wild Country

Britannia (Kids)

VTS Kids (2 colourways)

Orchid – Womens

Carolina – Womens
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Aztec II (aka AZ II)
Aztec 2 1983

Invincible
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Hurricane (2 colourways)
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Spitfire (3 colourways)
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1983

Ex-O-Fit

Freestyle Hi (Womens)

Princess (Womens)

Reebok Classic

Reebok Classic Leather

NPC II (Newport Classic) – Year TBC

Aztec II

London Runner

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1984

Ex-O-Fit Hi

Victory GTI – featured ‘Foster Cradle’, Gore-tex™ technology, and speed lock lacing system.

LC 1500

LC 3000 (Womens)

CL 1500
LC1500 (5)

Sydney Maree (handmade by David Foster source)
The Sydney Maree was a special make up of the Mens LC

Sydney Maree Spike

Phase I Tennis Shoe [ Leather / Leather and Nylon ]

Paris Runner

Paris Racer (name and year TBC)
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1985

Workout

Workout Mid-Cut
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1986

 LC ‘Mk II’ 1600

Phase I

Phase I (Womens)

ACT 600 Tennis Shoe

BB4600

BB5600

BB6600

BB7600 ‘Alien Stomper’ (aka Aliens Fighter Shoe)

Phase II

Phase II Womens

GL 6000 –  1986

GL 6000 (Womens)

LX 8500

Rapide

Royale

PB 800 Spikes

GL1600 (Date TBC)

GL1600 Womens (Date TBC)

Workout Plus

B4000 (Womens) (DATE TBC)
Image c/o DefyNewYork

CL1000 (Year TBC)

CL1400 (Year TBC)

DL1400 aka Reebok Response (Year TBC)
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1987

DL 5000 – Year TBC

DL 5600 (Mens and Womens) – Year TBC

DL 6000 – Year TBC

GL6100

PB (Designed by Reebok USA)

PB Gold (Year TBC)

World Best

Fell Runner – 1987 (TBC)

Wild Runner Two – Advert

Victoria Womens Tennis
Image c/o DefyNewYork

Axis Tennis
Image c/o DefyNewYork

Avenger (Year TBC)
Image c/o DefyNewYork

Club C (Year TBC) – reissues shown

ProWorkout™
Image c/o DefyNewYork

RAD (‘Reebok Advanced Design’) – 1987
Skateboard/BMX

CL Aztec (Year TBC)

S600
Image c/o DefyNewYork

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1988

World Trainer (the first Reebok with E.R.S.™)
Featured ERS technology in both the heel and forefoot.

E.R.S. Trainer

World Road
Featured ERS technology in the heel only.

World Road (Womens)
Featured ERS technology in the heel only.

Club Fitness

Energizer

Mid-cut Court

Rugged Walker (Mens)

Rugged Walker (Womens)

CXT
Image c/o DefyNewYork

 CXT Mid (ERS)

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1989

The Pump®
Without a doubt Reeboks’ most important shoe, securing critical and sales success – as well as being legendary in both Popular and Sneaker culture.

AXT
Image c/o DefyNewYork

AXT Plus (year TBC)

SXT Cross Trainer (ERS)
Image c/o DefyNewYork

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