Who should buy the Reebok Blast

You'd get this pair because:

  • You're a loyal fan of Nick Van Exel and want to experience the shoe that he once donned.
  • You're grand on the classic Reebok's midsole technologies that would give your performance a blast on the court.

Reebok Blast logo

History of the Reebok Blast

The first release of the Reebok Blast was in 1996. It was famously worn by Nick Van Exel when he was still with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2011, Reebok reached out to rap superstar Meek Mill to endorse the shoe as a fashion statement. The first retro release of the shoe was in November 2014 at $120.

Reebok's solid midsole technologies

The Reebok Blast boasts the well-known Hexalite technology, which is characterized by a honeycomb pattern. This technology helps disperse impact and give stability to the shoe.

Reebok Blast midsole

The removable insole of the shoe, though made of ordinary foam, provides additional comfort and convenience. It is also orthotics-ready.

Reebok Blast heel

Blast's impressive hardworking outsole

The traction pattern used on this shoe is the classic herringbone. This is a usually effective pattern on the court. The Reebok Blast’s rubber outsole can withstand both indoor and outdoor courts.  The grooves are deep and thick, making the pattern dust resistant.

Reebok Blast outsole

Easy, secure lockdown

To achieve a snug fit, the wearer can tighten the round dual-chrome shoelaces of the Reebok Blast. The insole can also be replaced with the preferred one by the wearer. Ankle braces are easy to use with this model because it does not have a one-bootie construction.

Reebok Blast lockdown

Effective upper construction of Reebok Blast

The upper of the Reebok Blast is mostly made of leather with some mesh peeking through the ray design to help wick away moisture. 

Reebok Blast upper

The inner part of the shoe contains lots of padding for a comfortable ride and better lockdown.

Reebok Blast insole

Reebok Blast's colors and style

The Reebok Blast is a mid-top sneaker with a 50-50 style colorway. The color on the lateral side contrasts with the color of the medial side. Reebok’s vector logo is on every side of the shoe. The rear panel has a blast-like design that perfectly alludes to the shoe model’s name.

Reebok Blast ankle

The Reebok Blast has pull tabs on the tongue and heel, making it easier to put on. Surprisingly, these pull tabs are not made of leather or textile as usual;  they are made of metal. The outsole and the sides of the shoe show a sneak peek of the Hexalite technology.

Reebok Blast forefoot

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Grey / White
SKUs: J87615 / J91065 / M41941

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