Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $125
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Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Almost all were impressed with the quality of this sneaker’s materials. The nubuck, which looked nice and premium, also felt soft and buttery, others added. Another stated that the inner leather lining was soft to the touch.
  • A good number said that the rope laces with red/blue specks were a nice addition.
  • The low-top Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator’s tongue that featured graffitti-like writing on top of the classic Ventilator logo looked cool, according to some testers.
  • Many appreciated the comfortable ride it was able to provide.
  • The stitching on this shoe was excellent, a buyer noticed.
  • Given its quality and craftsmanship, a lot thought that this lifestyle sneaker is priced right.
  • Nearly all applauded the shoe’s design and the message behind it. Some even commended Reebok who stood by Lamar's ideals.
  • More than a handful adored the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator for its off-white upper, white midsole and gum outsole. Almost all described its look as clean and versatile.
  • This footwear can be worn with a wide array of styles.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It fits at least a half size bigger, some noted.  
  • Online, the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator looked white, in person though it looked cream or off-white, the majority observed.

 

Bottom line

Reebok’s iconic 90s runner became a symbol of unity in the hands of Compton-native rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar. Its red and blue accents not only improved the shoe’s overall aesthetics but also brought with it a powerful message.

Its design, which was perceived as controversial yet respect worthy, helped this shoe stand out and become desirable even for non-Reebok and non-Lamar fanatics. Those who have experienced it first hand, though, can’t help but give this shoe a 5-star rating and a couple of rave reviews for its outstanding quality and superb craftsmanship. Although slightly expensive, many would agree that the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator is a shoe worth buying.

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Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator History

The 1990s was Reebok’s golden age. It was during this era when the brand was able to come up with never-before-seen shoe designs and technologies that put them on the map. Among their famous creations was the runner dubbed as the Ventilator.

Lightweight, breathable and equipped with the brand’s revolutionary shock absorbing Hexalite cushioning tech, the Ventilator easily caught the eye of serious runners. Its transition from sports to fashion was also an easy feat due to its versatile silhouette which allowed endless color blocking possibilities.

Over 25 years have passed and this performance turned lifestyle sneaker remains in production. A favorite subject of collaborations, Grammy award winner hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar saw the Ventilator as a perfect tool to convey his advocacy.

The low-top Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator, the first sneaker launched by this famed artist, was released in July 2015. It carried with it Lamar’s call for native Los Angeles infamous gangs, the Bloods represented by the color red and the Crips who were known to wear blue-colored clothing, to unite.

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator Style

Running-shoe inspired, this model looks clean yet classy with its off-white upper and classic gum outsole. A versatile colorway, this sneaker looks great with almost anything including chinos, denims, cargos and cuffed joggers. Its red/blue accents on the heel, tongue, insole and laces, though, added pizzazz to this shoe’s already attractive silhouette.

Fit & Sizing

Available in Medium D width, men’s sizes 5-14, expect comfortable yet supportive fit, not to mention unrestricted ankle motion and sufficient toe room from the low-top Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator. Crafted with premium pigskin nubuck, its construction ideally fits average to wide-footed consumers.  

Notable Features

Aside from its controversial styling, this sneaker is also recognized for its Hexalite-infused sole unit and its visible TPU support’.

The former is a honeycomb-inspired tech introduced in the year 1990. This durable cushioning system is known to absorb energy 23% more than the traditional EVA foam. The latter is found at the medial side of the sole and is renowned for its enhanced arch support.

Additional Info

  • The Ventilator has always been known for its breathability. This iteration maintains this by keeping the perforations on the side panels.
  • Its pigskin leather lining, cushioned insole as well as padded collar and tongue elevate the sneaker's in-shoe feel.
  • The Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator comes with 2 extra sets of laces. The flat laces are off-white while the cord laces have specks of red and blue.
  • Adjust fit to your liking with the help of the lace-up closure.
  • The right shoe displays the word RED” on the heel. Its insole as well as the Kendrick Lamar TDE” writing stitched on the tongue label are all in red.
  • The left shoe, on the one hand, shows the word BLUE” on the heel. Its tongue label writing and insole are also in blue.
  • The word Neutral” is added to the back of the tongue of each shoe.
  • Other noticeable markings on the sneaker are the Reebok callout embroidered on the lateral side and Hexalite insignia on the undersole.