Normally Reebok goes calmly through his life, dropping retro-inspired silhouettes here and there with the odd new product making use of modern technologies. Nonetheless, the company loses something that gets the spotlight, every so often. So it does get a lot of that.
We are looking back to the ’90s for Reebok that was a pretty wild decade. ’94 saw the advent of the Reebok Instapump Rage, one of the wildest options of footwear in the world to this day. Just two years after we were presented with the iconic shoe from Allen Iverson which is timeless whether you love it or hate it. Often forgotten but also one of the most underestimated projects by Reebok in the 1990s is the Reebok Beatnik that saw the light of day in 1993.
Following a Western release in ’93, demand in Japan for Reebok Beatnik Sandals became so high that a resale market developed around the shoe. Since falling under the radar for just under 30 years, it looks like 2020 is the year that the Reebok Beatnik will return on July 31 due to a highly awaited general update. We’ve rounded up the best Reebok Beatnik collaborations and colorways available now in memory of this underdog in the footwear community.
Shop the best Reebok Beatnik styles below.
Released on July 31st, this beige colorway features a cordura upper which serves up serious military vibes.
It’s obviously a loud silhouette, so maybe you’d feel more comfortable sporting an all-black iteration. The murdered-out colorway shifts the focus away from the exaggerated sole unit and more onto the overall shape of the shoe.
The final colorway of the trio that released on July 31st, we’re loving the Ashen Green colorway because it’s the perfect mid-ground between easy styling and standout impact.
Reebok x Needles x BEAMS Beatnik
Needles and BEAMS join forces to update the Beatnik with a smooth suede upper complete with signature Needles butterfly logo in purple.
Reebok x Pleasures Beatnik
Pleasures imparts its grunge aesthetic onto one of the least grungey silhouettes around and it really, really works. A subtle spider-web motif embellishes the all-black upper while a Pleasures text logo graces the velcro strap.