Until the dawn of the spandex era, sporty femme foot-wear hadn’t really made a huge mark on society, which left few options for getting girly, other than patronising pink/purple colourways and scaled down versions of chunky men’s shoes. Until the Reebok Freestyle.
Inspired by the aerobics craze, yet street enough to take you right from the gym floor to the nightclub door, the Freestyle was the battering ram that smashed open the pink curtains to create a new steez for high-stepping ladies. Peeps were practically doing Grapevines in the street and anybody who was anybody wanted to be hooked up.
Ok, let’s break the sneak down. The Freestyle is basically a rounded toe kick with a slim-line shape working into a high ankle, and comes loaded with a double Velcro strap. It’s kinda techy, but kinda not, fits a pretty foot and like all classics that really hit tipping point, is pretty much inoffensive, but still has a certain zing that makes it pop.
The factors that made this shoe ‘tip’ are so complex it could be the subject of an entire book!
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