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I don't really wear trainers very often but do keep a pair in the cupboard for any time that I really need comfort i.e long dog walks. I must have bought these about 2 years ago and I think they were about £35 to £40 at the time, even though I don't wear them very often I do still like to have a decent pair that I know aren't going to fall apart or let water in, especially as we walk the dogs on the beach.
I chose the black pair of these with the white logo on the side although they do come in numerous different colours I thought the black wouldn't end up looking scruffy after a couple of wears. I find these trainers are a smallish fit as I am a size 7 and a half and I have to get an 8 in these which fits me perfectly, on first wear these didn't give me blisters as I have had with previous trainers and they are very comfortable to wear.
I have noticed recently that bit by bit the grip on the bottom is coming away in chunks and they are becoming very slippery and uneven to wear, I have to admit I find this very disappointing as they really probably only get worn 10 - 15 times a year. When you put this into context considering that some people wear their trainers everyday you wouldn't expect this to happen after a month or two.
If I was going to wear these all the time I probably would buy them again but as I only wear them occasionally I think I will stick to cheap own brands in future.
Now here's a pair of trainers that I can recommend. I have been wearing Reebok classics on and off since I was at school (I won't tell you how long ago that was). For me the Classic is a trainer that suit all occasions is ideal for sports I normally use my old ones for jogging or the gym. They go well with either Tracksuit bottoms or shorts for a casual look. I also personally sometimes wear them with Jeans for a casual night they are one of the smarter trainers on the market.
I remember when I was at school the Classics used to set me back about £60 so it is strange being able to pick a pair for about £35 these days but I guess that is the same with a lot products. There is a wide range of different styles and colours you can get Reebok classics in I think my favourite pair used to be with yellow and Lime green stripes, god how fashion changes.
I have always found these trainers very hardwearing the soles have good grip. When I have finished with a pair my dad usually has them for work which goes to show the life you can get out of a pair of these. The only problem I have had is the plastic bit of the sole which comes round onto the front of the trainer usually peels off after a while, luckily this is nothing a bit of superglue won't fix. Classics are very comfatable to wear and never seem to rub or hurt when I get a new pair.
These trainers have been around for years and I think they will be around for a long time. A lot of style of trainer seems to come and go but the Reebok Classic has stood the test of time. If you have never tried a pair you can pick them up cheaply at Sports Direct.
When my dad was first diagnosed with mnd, we needed to find him a trainer that would give alot of support to the leg and ankle area. My father had lost a considerable amount of balance and co ordination and therefore needed a shoe, that was strong, supportive and able to maintain his balance.
Now, this is where the problem lay. My dad was inly 53. He has always been known for his young appearance. So buying a pair of trainers which were orthopeadic or of a hideous design was out of the question. When searching the rails of my local sport store, I came across these reebok classic heel clip trainers, which I thought not only appeared chunky and supportive, but also had a trendy and smart appearance too.
My dad, was initially not best pleased with the design of these trainers. He wanted something more stylish and modern. However a stern conversation later and dad agreed to give them a try. The sizing on these trainers are very generous. I found that my dad's foot slipped easily into the shoe without any undue discomfort. I immediately noticed that the trainer almost encased by dads foot, with the high backed ankle area offering support to the ankle and foot.
The sole of these trainers are excellent. They are so solid and durable. These trainers offer the ultimate in grip and support. My dad could still walk with assistance at this time, and commented on the heightened confidence he felt when wearing these trainers. What was so pleasing though, was that when we took him out in his chair he also looked cool and trendy which was a very important factor in my dad's life. He would have been mortified to be seen in a old fashioned pair of trainers. I know that sounds quite materialistic, bu when faced with a terminal illness, you have to cling onto the things you can control.
As my dads illness progressed and his feet occasionally became prone to swelling, I found that the laces in these shoes were a godsend. Because the laces could be undone all the way, I could loosen the trainer until his foot would slip in easily.
I should imagine that these trainers would be totally fantastic for running or sporting activities. As they are so comfortable and hard wearing. The soles are so supportive and durable that I am sure they would last the owner through hours of training.
My dad had to eventually have his trainers altered to make them platformed. So that he could still maintain a small degree of balance. I was suprised how these trainers were adapted by the occupational therapists. Again these trainers were able to withstand this altering process and remained strong durable and supportive.
I also noted, that there was a good degree of airflow through the trainer which prevented foot odour build up. Despite my father having these trainers on for long periods, there was no sweaty foot odours from these trainers. Which again maintained my fathers pride and confidence.
I cannot praise these trainers enough. They are not only suited to sporting requirements, but also to certain disabled people. I really don't know how we would have managed throughout my dad's illness if he didn't have these trainers. The shaped ankle and moulded sole, coupled with the great sporting brand name of reebok, made these trainers an absolute godsend.
Reebok classics trainers are a great little trainer both for looking good and sport. I personally use mine for netball rather than a fashion item however i can see how they could be worn as both.
They are of course extremely comfortable and well designed, padding is light compared to most athletic shoes, which means your feet don't get too hot when sitting around or walking.
Classics come in different colors and material. Low top & High top. They are light (weight wise) on the foot as well so you don't feel like you are wearing a football boot or something with a big sole. I have been buying these since my early teens and am yet to be disappointed by a pair, i have had many of the various colours available.
A word to the wise however, I did have a pair which were pink that had a slighlty larger sole and this did leave me with a nasty ankle injury after a fall. I do blame the shoes as the sole was thick and I landed on the side. However I am pretty sure that these now have slim soles so are better for running.
I highly recommend getting a pair as they are economical and the best buy for the money, they also last a very long time!
Reebok Classics the perfect name for these Classic trainers, it has to be said that the majority of people have owned at least one pair of these in their life time and being one of them I think their brilliant.
Posssibly not the best one styling but possibly one of the best in comfort, due to their comfortable highly padded inside layer they tend to cushion your feet with every given movement. Reebok classics are also a great shoe for running in as the support your feet and cushion then to prevent tension on certain areas of the foot.
Now it's been a while since I personally owned a pair of these lagensary training shoes but one I will not forget as the only pairs of trainers I have had to match these in the comfortable stakes are the various amounts of Puma shoes I have owned over the years and possibly my latest pair of Adidas Good Years.
Due to the Classics being quite an old and somewhat out of fashion training shoe they are only available at certain retailers and usually at a very reasonable price, so if your looking for a chill out trainer or maybe something for the morning run the Reeboks get my vote everytime.
I've worn various styles of Reebok trainers over the years, probably more than any other brand having previously dabbled with Adidas, Puma, and Nike to name a few. I came to favour the design and style of the classic Reebok trainer shoe. The fact that it was a British brand identified by the small Union Jack next to the brand name on the side of the shoe also appealed. Although it should be pointed out that no Reebok trainers are made in Britain. The vast majority are manufactured in the sweatshops of the Far East.
The three sweeping criss-crossing lines on the side of a Reebok are now a firmly established brand symbol instantly recognisable. This white Reebok Classic Leather trainer features a heel clip with the classic logo and the synthetic badge Reebok logo on the tongue of the shoe. The design also incorporates the white rubber outsole in the iconic classic tread pattern. My particular pair are white with black stripes with outer edge neon yellow, although they are available in other colours. The heel clip on this particular style, refers to the small piece of plastic (sometimes it's leather) material that rises from the sole at the lower back part of the shoe and covers the lower part of the show body near the heel. This has the advantage of protecting the join between the sole and the shoe body. With earlier designs this is often exposed and the join becomes vulnerable if the shoe is worn frequently in waterlogged conditions for example.
One of the attributes that differentiates Reebok from Adidas and Nike is the softer leather used on the uppers. This has both a plus side and a down side. The softness makes the show more comfortable to wear and the trainer more quickly adapts to the shape of your foot after you buy a new pair, compared to say, a similar Adidas trainer for example. The downside though is that they do scuff more easily. Reebok trainers are generally no good when it comes to playing five-a-side footy indoors or on a hard outdoor playing surface. I have found that just kicking a ball around can lead to permanent scuff marks.
Wear and Tear
I would say that Reebok trainers generally hold their shape well for about twelve months if worn everyday. I find that after this period they generally become a little raggedy in appearance and rather scuffed. Obviously people who only use their trainers at the weekend will get longer use out of them. If they become dirty after a period you can throw these trainers in the washing machine as with a normal wash (no spin) and they will come out sparkling. Although I wouldn't recommend washing them too often with this method. After considerable use, one major common flaw I've found in the design is that the stitching will often come away near the front of shoe, specifically in the big toe area. Now this might have something to do with the way I walk, but I doubt it as I've only ever had this problem with Reebok classic trainers. Another vulnerability is the sole join at the front of the shoe. This curls up slightly to join the leather upper. The join here can sometimes start to come away. However, this is much rarer than the stitching problem and the synthetic sole is usually strongly affixed to the leather upper. It is important to remember that all training shoes have design flaws and despite the vulnerabilities mentioned above, I would still argue that the Reebok Classic Heel Clip Trainer is a well designed and well made training shoe.
Training shoes have an association with foot odour. This is usually due to the type of materials the shoe is made from and in particular the inner sole area. I would like to affirm here that I have never had a foot odour problem with any Reebok training shoes.
So the classic Reebok range is aimed primarily at the casual recreational market. In terms of recreation they are specifically aimed at walking, light running and possibly gym work-outs. These particular trainers are ideal for everyday wear and are very comfortable and stylish. They are not too flashy. Over the years I have found them to be ideal as an option for travel footwear, for in addition to being comfortable they are also lightweight. For a top price you can pay around £65 for Reebok Classic Heel Clip Trainers. There are both male and female designs. Shop around in markets and you might get them at discount or on special offer, but always check them thoroughly to make sure you are not being sold seconds. I have seen them on eBay for £35. If you do pay £65 for a pair of Reebok Classic Heel Clip Trainers, have some consideration for the poor worker who made your footwear; it is more than likely that s/he was only paid less than £1 for a days work.
When it comes to ethical considerations during manufacture, very few companies producing training shoes have good records. In the recent past there have been considerable human rights abuses in the factories where Reebok products are made. The brand has often had very low ratings on the ethical consumer.org website for example. There are many factories in Indonesia, China and Thailand that produce Reebok and other branded trainers. These factories often have often had an appalling disregard for their workers and for local labour laws on working hours, pay, child labour, and health and safety conditions. Whilst major sports stars receive millions of dollars in sponsorship for wearing or using particular brands, the workers who produce the goods will more often than not earn less than $2 a day. Reebok claim that they are attempting to make improvements in the way workers are treated as well as environmental standards.
According to Oxfam, some years ago Reebok in Asia were working to "ensure respect for trade union rights in a number of supplier factories. The company has also cooperated with labour rights groups to explore the possibility of democratic representation in countries which legally restrict trade union rights. Unfortunately, this positive work was undermined by Reebok's vigorous opposition to the establishment of unions in its distribution centres in the United States".