Like Thiller, the Reebok High
Top (aka Freestyle) is celebrating its 25th anniversary (in
2007). Wow – that is a really long time with a single style of
shoe, especially one created in the 80s.
high-tops are basketball shoes, but not in the 80s! In the 80s,
they became a fashion statement – so ubiquitous were the Reebok
Hightop Aerobic shoes that they became a fashion staple – a
must-have! This mid-80s footwear craze could be seen with
outfits ranging from a mini-skirt to jeans to
stirrup pants (ouch – a real fashion low). Throw in the
biggest hair you’ve ever had in your life and bunch up the sides
of your shirts with some weird plastic clip, and you’ve got the
makings of one totally rad 80s outfit. Well, it was the 1980s .
Even Flo Rida sees the value in these
iconic tennis shoes. In his 2008 hit "Low" he refers to the
"Reeboks with the straps." Yeah, that's these shoes.
I have to admit though, it's not just
what we wore them with that made these shoes "different" – it was the
shoes themselves. First, you've got this decent looking aerobics shoe,
but then you throw a high top on top of it, but not a normal high top.
No, in the 80s we couldn't do anything normal. The high top part of the
shoe had three different levels, two of which had their very own Velcro
strap (although the rest of the shoe was a lace-up).
the shoes first came out, they were only sold in black and white
versions. Then the 80s craziness went into full swing and the shoes
became available in all different colors including pink, red, blue, and
green. These shoes were SO cool, and no mid-80s wardrobe was complete
without a pair. I remember my first pair - the thrill of pulling them
out of the box – the delicious smell of the brand new leather. I am not
sure I have liked a pair of shoes so much since.
I had a pair in red and I wore them into
the 90s (until a boyfriend looked at my feet and laughed and I ended up
tossing them in the trash that night). But guess what? They're back! Yes
indeed, if you didn't manage to jump on this trend in the 80s, Reebok is
giving you a second chance to enjoy the oh-so-comfortable thrill of the
high top aerobic footwear trend! Maybe we'll be seeing stirrup pants and
the funny shirt clips soon too?
So, all kidding aside, if you’d like to
grab onto the Reebok Hightop and all those great memories of Junior High
all over again, you can get a brand new pair here. Some of the new
styles of the Freestyle (its real name) even sport neon laces (pink)
such as the new Tokyo version. You’ll need to get out their web site (http://www.rbk.com/us/freestyle/)
to see the new and funky ways that these classic fashion greats are
making a comeback. >