UPDATE: Tennis was once a sport reserved solely for royalty, aristocrats and society's elite. The NPC is a reflection of this prestige. Named the Newport Classic in full, after the wealthy Rhode Island town that houses the Tennis Hall of Fame, it first hit shelves as a plain white leather tennis sneaker made for the immaculately manicured greens of the local country club.
Boston boutique Bodega's take on the low-top silhouette detaches the NPC from its trust fund roots and throws it to the streets with a brash approach to luxury. Gum-soled with a blue suede upper, these kicks break with tradition while remaining classy in their own right.
These hit some retailers early, but now the official release is on its way. The Bodega x Reebok NPC UK 'Decade' will release through Bodega on August 20, both in-store and online. Each pair will come packaged with a matching Bodega-branded tennis ball.
After ten years in the business you can bet that Boston sneaker boutique Bodega know a thing or two about what makes a nice shoe. To prove that point, and to mark their ten-year milestone, they got together with Reebok and produced this refreshing blue suede NPC UK. The uppers are predominantly draped with hairy blue cowhide, with a dab of purple on the heel counter – under which each shoe has five stars embroidered, totalling ten stars for ten years in the game. Underneath the hirsute beaut lies a tasty brown gum sole, a treat from the shelves of the Bodega.
You can sweep up a pair of the Bodega x Reebok NPC UK now at select retailers like Hanon.
– Originally published July 27, 2016