UPDATE: Curious as to the source of inspiration behind this third installment in the Distinct Views series, we went straight to the source and got the lowdown from the shoe's creator himself, Distinct Life head honcho Rick Williams. In Rick's own words, this 'Merlot' colourway draws inspiration from 'a photo taken by Steve Sweatpants of a person on a cellphone in a New York subway station', with the blend of premium suede and soft leather reflecting the rich tones present in the original photo.
The 'Distinct Life x Reebok Bolton 'Distinct Views – Merlot' is available right now from select Reebok stockists, including Burn Rubber.
Distinct Views is a series of sneakers that Detroit-based Distinct Life are producing. Each is themed around views of the Motor City and, given that Distinct Life is run by Rick Williams – one half of the revered Burn Rubber store – their are few collaborators more qualified for the task. Info on which exact view this 'Merlot' colourway is referencing is scarce, but looking at how in depth Williams has gone before with colabs like the Boblo Boat Ventilators, you can bet it's as quintessentially Detroit as the 313.
Dressed in a mixture of premium suedes and supple leather, the shoe is an exercise in considered quality. The structural Merlot overlays look as classy as any premium vintage and slight hits of blue have been coated with 3M to shimmer like the Michigan lake. Distinct Life's 'Talented Tenth' motto can then be found on the heels, and also branded on the triangular lace dubraes.
The Distinct Life x Reebok Bolton Distinct Views Merlot is selling out fast from Politics.
– Originally published August 1, 2016