Shoe Gallery x Reebok Ventilator "El Mariel".

by Henrik Buzzi

The unlikely inspiration behind Shoe Gallery’s Ventilator is the highly political Mariel Boatlift, which resulted in tens of thousands of Cubans emigrating by sea to Miami back in 1980. Dubbed ‘El Mariel’, the Shoe Gallery design team opted for a blinding-white upper featuring highly reflective patent leather over a perforated foundation, mimicking the smooth texture of a proudly polished boat about to set sail to freedom in a new land. The leather sock lining and bright blue footbeds are inspired by a yacht’s interior, while other seaworthy details include anchor graphics under the translucent outsole and an embossed boat registration number. Available now at Shoe Gallery