When UK sneaker mavens Footpatrol put their hands on a brand collab, you know it’s going to be flavourful. Their fifth collaboration with Reebok under the Certified Network partnership revolves around a black-and-white version of the Reebok Workout Lo Plus model with a strong heritage story.
The collab is inspired by the origins of the Reebok brand: The Reebok name was inspired by the South African antelope of the genus “rhebok” – an ultra-fast runner, thus the connection to athletics.
Taking the story one step further, Footpatrol took color inspirations from the Indian antelope known the Blackbuck, which is known for its black/brown coat and white belly and legs.
Featuring an all-white sole with a black upper, the Reebok Workout Lo Plus has been given some carefully appointed updates: The upper is crafted from black premium pigskin nubuck interspersed with pony hair(!) panels.
Instead of an embroidered Reebok logo, the Workout Lo Plus ‘Blackbuck’ features a leather logo with debossed branding. Co-branding for Footpatrol and Reebok is added on both heels in white lettering for a strong contrast on the all-black upper.
Crafted from premium leather, each tongue label features different branding: Footpatrol’s classic Gasmask logo in Royal Blue on the right, and on the left 1977 Reebok font logo and Starcrest graphic. Something else about the tongues… remember when shoes used to have hidden stash pockets? You might be in for a surprise.
Each pair ships with three pairs of different laces: tonal black, tonal white and black with a repeat Footpatrol bar logo print in white. On that note, are prints on laces a new trend (also keeping in mind the latest Off-White x Nike previews)?
The Reebok Workout model has inspired some heavy collabs over the years, also including 2013’s Palace Skateboards version or this year’s drop with Mita. For some interesting trivia, the model is turning 30 years old this year – here’s our 25th anniversary recap from 2012.