Trends come and go, but a classic will always remain a classic. Reebok is a classic brand that’s consistently remained a player in the field by delivering standout sneakers since the ’80s. Named after an African antelope, Reebok was founded in 1958 and established in Great Britain, which explains why the Union Jack was a part of the brand’s logo until 1986. Reebok came over to America in 1979, settling its headquarters near Boston.
It was the brand’s Freestyle aerobics shoe that put the company on the map, followed by its release of what became one of the biggest sneakers fad of the ’80s. Called the Reebok Pump, the chunky shoe was popular as it featured a revolutionary internal inflation mechanism that allowed users to customize the fit. In 1991, basketball Dee Brown wore the shoes at a dunk contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend, commencing the brand’s relationship with not only the sport but also high-profile athletes like Dennis Rodman and Shaquille O’Neal. Shortly after, the boldly designed Shaqnosis launched as a collaboration with the NBA legend. A few years after that came Allen Iverson’s signature shoe, The Question. This high-performing basketball sneaker was a first, since never before then did a rookie have his own shoe in his debut year.
In 1997, the DMX running sneaker debuted with new technology that allowed airflow to distribute throughout the sole for complete support. This shoe continues to be popular with modern renditions and collabs, and is even offered in a trail-ready version.
A partnership with Crossfit eleven years ago caused the brand to produce more training-focused sneakers like the Nano with a durable and stylish sole. It proves that the label continues to be on the pulse of what is new and trending in fitness.
Whether through fun collaborations or serious innovation, Reebok continues to produce styles that are not only stylish but super functional, making them great gifts for sneakerheads. Ahead, shop the eight best Reebok sneakers that stem from the brand’s iconic past. You may even score some Reebok styles up to 50% off right now during the brand’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Reebok Classic Leather Legacy AZ Shoes
Taking inspiration from two of Reebok’s iconic silhouettes, the Legacy and the Aztec II, this iteration is one of the coolest retro-looking sneakers around. Released this summer, this model has a very ’70s vibe with a combination of nylon and suede that will make you want to lace these up with everything from leggings to denim shorts to bell bottoms. What makes this sneaker even cooler is that it’s made from at least 30% recycled materials.
Reebok Club C 85 Vintage Shoes
This iconic tennis sneaker made its debut in 1985. The simple silhouette, including leather uppers and a terry cloth liner, was a hit on the courts is what keeps this a street style champion — which is what the C stands for. Preppy with a touch of 90s-inspired dad style, these shoes fall in line with many fashion trends. The current iteration keeps the cushioned midsole and retains a clean, timeless look.
Reebok Ghostbusters Instapump Fury Shoes
After The Pump craze, the brand created the Instapump in the late ’80s and early ’90s. It uses the same custom-fit technology as its predecessor, with a bold look that has proved the perfect canvas for a range of fun collaborations — including with the Ghostbuster film franchise.
Reebok Question Mid Men’s Basketball Shoes
Allen Iverson’s first signature shoe was released in his rookie year, 1996. As a groundbreaking sneaker, it transcended the court and continues to be a shoe that’s appealing for both sport and casual wear. What remains from the original is the Hexalitel cushioning and translucent outsole for an insider view of the hexagon shape technology. The current model is still one of the best basketball sneakers and features AI’s number on the back as a callout to inspire you to move faster, for longer.
Reebok Zig Kinetica II Shoes
This isn’t the first time Reebok has used its unique zig-zag sole design that helps propel you forward. Zig energy system was first Concepted in 2010 with the Zig Pulse. The Kinetica II has a distinct look from the previous model, a Floatride Energy sole — which adds additional cushioning and energy return — and a three-part absorption system that works together to maximize performance. There’s no doubt this is a comfortable running sneaker.
Reebok Nano X Women’s Training Shoes
Ten years ago, this style was released as one of the most popular training shoes. Today’s update keeps the flat platform sole and adds a soft woven upper called Flexweave, which is stretchy and has distinct areas of support-specific performance areas. A compression-molded midsole ups the flexibility of the shoe and ensures a smooth stride and enduring cushioning, making it beyond comfortable and the perfect shoe for legs days or HIIT routines.
Reebok Zig Dynamica Women’s Shoes
Another shoe that uses Reebok’s Zig technology is an excellent running sneaker for women. The enhanced cushion from heel to toe has that iconic geometric shape for an expression that will make you look speedy even while standing still. Adding to the technology in the sole is FuelFoam, which is responsive and helps launch you forward with every stride. The shoe will give you cushion and support for miles.
Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men’s Weightlifting Shoes
On leg or arm days, you might not consider the sneakers you slip on since cardio isn’t involved, but they’re something you shouldn’t overlook. Shoes that lend a solid base to support your stance will provide a stable platform to keep you safe and allow you to lift more weight. Constructed with a textile upper, these are flexible and breathable; your feet will remain sweat-free and mobile.