Verdict from 13 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Few buyers loved that the sneaker gives homage to past basketball superstars like Reggie Lewis, Danny Ainge, and Dennis Johnson.
  • The colorway combinations, according to some purchasers, stayed true to its original form.
  • Less than a handful of customers were delighted with the comfort the sneaker delivered.
  • More than half of the reviewers recommended the product on which a user even insisted that he would purchase another pair with no hesitation.
  • The sneaker has an excellent value over price ratio, according to a couple of consumers.
  • A handful of wearers commended the sneaker’s sufficient ankle support and stability.
  • The materials of the assembly were soft and flexible for one user.
  • Many were astounded at the style and timeless design of the classic silhouette.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of disappointed Reebok loyalists disapproved of the change in the height of the sneaker’s tongue. 
  • The insole was different from the original, as exclaimed by a buyer.
  • One very unsatisfied customer disliked the overall poor quality of his pair. There was too much stitching in his left shoe which also puts pressure on the big toe’s knuckle causing sharp pain.

Bottom line

The Reebok BB 5600 Archive rises up from its Reebok basketball grave and re-instills the vintage appeal into the sneaker-surface world. The classic high top brings back the old childhood memories of loyalists who up to this day are longing to revive their beaten-down pairs.

Reebok also did a great job of untouching the design and accents of the original model except for several variations like tongue height and brandings. Copping the perfect size for these bad boys would be best if done physically in retail stores.

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Good to know

The high top is available in men’s sizes ranging from 3.5 to 15. These sneakers were constructed with a D medium width.

The vintage appeal of the Reebok BB 5600 Archive was highlighted by the same overlay patterns in different color hues. The classic garment leather tradition was also observed on the high top sneaker’s upper with matching color-blocked outsoles. Men could either tuck in their jeans into the sneaker’s lengthy ankle height or partner their pants with high socks.

The most promising feature on the new BB5600’s upper is the mid-cut arching patch on its heel side panels which generously extends to the vamp lace bed. Two original colorways were released in mid-2018 including a tonal black upper with white accents and a white one with blue overlays.

From its “pumping’ roots and critically acclaimed aerobic ethos, Reebok had written their contribution to the lifestyle society in permanent marker. Though passively decreasing in time, their flair and pantheon had stayed relevant to the present day by looking back to their pristine works like the Reebok Classics and the Freestyle. But aside from their actively induced footwear, Reebok had more to offer, and yes, it includes basketball.

Before the era of the young inspiring court athletes like Shaq and Iverson, Reebok had already lined-up their “main man” in 89’ by the name of Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins was the pinnacle collaborator for the success of The Pump shoe which by now is considered antique and high value. He became the spark plug of future basketball endeavors for Reebok which, at first, revolved around ring slammers.

But in the case of the Reebok BB 5600, the then Massachusetts brand inducted a couple of Bostonians to their line up of hoop experts. Two guards from the Celtics were given the honor to flaunt the then basketball silhouette turned retro sneaker in 1986. The first one to proudly showcase the shoe was Danny Ainge, a multi-sport athlete that is known for his head-to-head antics with fellow NBA opponents. The other one was Dennis Johnson, commonly known as DJ who had been a consistent member of the NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams.

Fast-forward to 2018, the Reebok BB5600 received its glorious comeback in black and blue colorways with matching white accents. Like most classic Reebok basketball-inspired sneakers, the Reebok BB 5600 Archive honors not only the prestige brought to the court by the two Celtic pros but also penetrates fashion in a retro kind of way.

  • The garment leather upper is complemented by perforations on the toe box for breathability.
  • The midsole is composed of EVA material for impact protection and cushioning.
  • Reebok brandings are positioned at the mid-cut heel overlay, rear portion, tongue, insole, and outsole.
  • A rubber outsole with subliminal vector striping patterns provides exceptional grip and traction on and off the court.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.