When it comes to sneakers, for the purposes of padding out content, everything's an icon, an archetype or a classic these days, but there's plenty of Reebok output from the early '80s that's justifies the name.
The Reebok Classic seems to have been unfairly maligned with a snide "chav
" tag, but we love its authenticity as a staple in British culture, with the model becoming the everyman's shoe of choice and having its own collector culture with ice and gum soles back in the day, twinned with some Iceberg or Moschino. That was pretty much the last great sub-cultural uniform to come from these shores, but while the Reebok Classic feels like a very '90s phenomenon, it was originally part of the garment leather wave of Reebok Classics, debuting in 1983 and never meant for hardcore running (that could be handled by Reebok's more cutting-edge performance pieces) — it was pretty much an everyman orientated release since day one.
For 2011, the Classic's been tinkered with far beyond mere sole rubbers, heights and fabrics. The Ultralite editions give it some new levels of everyday performance. Nike's Hyperfuse and Lunarlon work is a presumed inspiration. The Classic recently underwent a stripped-down remix using Ultralite that made it a successor of the underrated Travel Trainer, but these are a tiny bit more substantial for the winter. That's as substantial as a mesh running shoe that barely weighs anything can be, but the lower cut, underlays and seamless upper, emphasis on natural footstrike via the 3D Ultralite system and the resurrected drop 'R' logo have got Thinsulate lining to insulate your foot. Obviously we wouldn't propose you take these into the snow, but it's a nice bonus on a redux that could've been a hideous mistake but turns out pretttttty good
. The Reebok Classic Leather Ultralite Thermo arrives in the Crooked Tongues store tomorrow, just in time for a jarring pressure drop outside.