Skateboarding’s Favorite Unofficial Skate Shoe Brand, Reebok

Reebok has been the subject of little to no resistance from skateboarders.

Reebok’s refusal to seek out the middle of the skating industry may be partly responsible for this decision. Reebok prefers to sub in and sit on the bench when asked. There are many perspectives on the game. Reebok has always been respectful and kept it simple.

Some of it was blind fortune. Stevie Williams gave them a model. A slightly modified Workout Lo was created. It was very popular, and it caused many headaches. Reebok seemed to have learned from the experience. Reebok worked with a shop every few decades and allowed these collaborators to decide their needs. This technique poses little or no threat for established skate companies. The novelty factor is more focused on fun occasions and additions to collections rather than discussion board material.

Reebok, however, is something else.

Reebok can be a good option to keep you from being spotted in the same gear as others. You’ll likely be the only skater wearing these models, even though they can be difficult to find. Reebok has the best resources to help you design your own aesthetic, even if it feels like there are the same shoe in every clip, video or photo. Let’s just be honest – these shoes wouldn’t exist if someone didn’t care if they weren’t thought of.

They’re also affordable.

You will pay closer to $50 for a pair of skateable Reeboks than the current average skate shoe price, which is around $70-75. (In contrast to these limited collab editions, which will make your wallet lighter significantly). They will last for a long time if they are made from leather. Club Cs and/or Workouts will skate well once they have been broken in. They provide much more support than average skate shoes.

They’re all familiar.

The Club C, and especially the Workout Lo have been reprinted many times within skate shoe design. It is obvious how well they fit with the direction that skate sneakers have taken through multiple cycles. The Duffs KCK or Axion KCK3 are probably the most obvious, but many of the early etnies (Lakai, Osiris, and DC) were heavily influenced in part by what is now known as Reebok Classics.

It is comforting to see these two models. They will be back every time, no matter how scarce they might be, in the same way as the CTAS or Sk8-Hi and Dunk. Reebok models have a reputation for being reliable and durable, even though they’re not made to skate.

They collab and collaborate with respectable entities.

Reebok and Sneaker Politics recently collaborated in skateboarding. Before that there had been a couple Palace collaborations over the years. Whether the goal is quality over quantity, under-saturation, respect of the game or some strange fashion cycle wizardry, their minimal output as far as directly-skate-related endeavors go somehow makes them more appealing. They may not be as hypebeasty as they would like, but a Reebok X Blood Wizard combination doesn’t seem like a viable option. Although we’d love for that to happen,

To gain additional insight, Reebok-leaning friends were contacted and asked “Why Reebok?” We ended up with one Reebok enthusiast’s “fair enough answer” that summarised their responses.

They’re not meant for skating. It’s better to use a shoe you like but that wears out fast than a shoe you don’t like that lasts long and is cool.

They’re the go-to brand for non-skate brands because of the high demand and how well certain Reebok models are able to skate.