When it comes to the typical British winter you need something a bit more robust than regular running shoes in your rotation, so with a wet and wild autumn on the cards it’s the perfect time for Reebok to present it’s latest reworked classic – the REEBOK CLASSICS WORKOUT PLUS GORE-TEX.
2013 continues to be a great year for Reebok, and the Classics department has led the charge, hitting us in the head with a stream of strong collaborations and limited editions. This Workout Plus forms part of the ‘Premium Wearability’ series, which laces some of the ‘boks most familiar models with specially chosen materials from Horween, Cordura and Gore-Tex to match form with function.
Gore-Tex needs no introduction as it’s probably the best known and most respected fabric waterproofing solution there is, and it’s also a technical streetwear favourite with regular applications by everyone from Stussy to Supreme. Despite it being around for decades it’s still the kind of feature that lets you know a garment is built for serious all-weather use, and when we see it applied to athletic footwear it always causes us to geek out a bit!
Reebok’s chosen silhouette for this collab is the 1987 Workout Plus Low, which makes perfect sense as with the extra toe guard and higher heel counter it’s a bit chunkier and more rugged looking than the original 1985 Workout, and suits this all-weather application to a tee.
Rather than the usual leather the shoe is finished in quality Nubuck, with that Gore-Tex DWR treatment that means water just beads off. Get in too deep and a bellows tongue and full Gore-Tex lining will ensure your foot stays dry, while large 3m reflective tongue label, Gore-Tex tab and choice of laces keep them fresh in the details department.
With classic looks and brilliant use of functional materials these are about as wearable as it gets as the weather closes in, and are the perfect excuse to stick your fragile suede and mesh runners back in the box for a couple of months (they’ll thank you for it next spring!)
The REEBOK CLASSICS WORKOUT PLUS GORE-TEX is set to start dropping soon so keep an eye out on our social feeds for updates on the release, and in the meantime have a scroll through the rest of the detailed images below, to tide you over on the run-up to the drop.