Footpatrol x Reebok Ventilator “Hotstepper”.

by Henrik Buzzi

For Footpatrol’s latest project they rewind back to the early '90s, way before high streets were overloaded with private fitness clubs, if you wanted to 'get fit' the only option other than the latest VHS fitness video in your living room was to head down to the local Leisure Centre. This fitness hub welcomed all ages and featured a number of rooms all engaging in various sporting activities. Our interpretation of Reebok's Ventilator silhouette focuses on a particular piece of aerobics equipment that blew up in the fitness boom during the '90s known as the Step. The Reebok step was used in step fitness classes nationwide. The upper is comprised of a White terry towel material just like the towels you'd see lying around in changing rooms, with Porcelain and Crystal Blue coloured synthetic suede overlays. Reebok branding is embroidered on the tongue and medial & lateral side panels. On the lateral panel the letter 'R' is placed back to front, and on the medial panel the full Reebok text logo has been reversed. Replacing your standard tongue label is the flippable woven tongue label. Referencing to garment information labels, their dual-branded lock up logo is added on both sides on the right foot. The left foot features the Reebok logo on the front side, on the flipsideis the material spec of the shoe. Further brand logos can be found on the heel. Finally, the shoe is rounded off with a clean White midsole, with contrast accents on the outsole.The shoe comes with a custom designed 'aerobics inspired' Gasmask rubber swing-tag and three sets of rope laces  - White, Crystal Blue and a nautical multi-coloured flecked lace (a nod to laces used as neck ties for whistles worn by swimming pool lifeguards).The Footpatrol x Reebok 25th Anniversary Ventilator 'Hotstepper' is due to release at Footpatrol on the 23rd of May.