Reebok Quietly Retro the GORE-TEX-Equipped Victory GRelease: 29 September 2021
Reebok actually have a very diverse heritage portfolio, especially in the running department. While it seems most fanfare is directed towards their strong collaborative offerings and retro basketball and tennis shoes, do pay attention to the Victory G, which has quietly returned for the first time in almost 40 years.
The Victory G is an important shoe in the Reebok lineage. Print ads date it to circa 1982, whereby its unique selling point was the use of a waterproof-breathable GORE-TEX membrane (hence the G in the name). This is particularly significant because the technology had only been introduced to footwear, specifically hiking boots, just two years prior. Therefore, the Reebok Victory G is one of the earliest examples of an athletic sneaker to use GORE-TEX.
Kudos must be paid to the team at Reebok responsible for bringing back the Victory G in exacting detail. The nylon and suede upper looks as lush as the OGs, especially on the heavily wrapped heel counter. Ghillie lacing is period correct, as is the aforementioned GORE-TEX lining hiding beneath the upper. Even the outsole tread has been sourced from staple brand Vibram.
The Victory G is available now directly from Reebok in its OG ‘Classic Burgundy’ colourway.