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Style: Retro
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Inspired from: Running
Collection: Reebok Bolton

Verdict from 6.1 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Most wearers have remarked that the Reebok Bolton is pretty comfortable to wear.
  • The sneaker offers excellent value for its affordable price, according to a few practical-minded shoppers.
  • More than a handful of users like the retro look of the Reebok Bolton’s silhouette.
  • Several users say that the colorways were easy to style.
  • The open mesh upper has greatly impressed one tester, who blew vapor smoke into the sneaker to test its breathability.
  • A couple of users have observed the sneaker to be exceptionally well made.
  • A brand loyalist describes the Reebok Bolton as “retro heritage at its best.”
  • At least one buyer has happily announced that the Reebok Bolton shoes made him go back to the brand.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Reebok Bolton falls a bit on the heavy side, one reviewer has mentioned.
  • Two users have observed that the white nylon-mesh upper is prone to getting dirty.
  • This Reebok sneaker is only offered in two colorways.

Bottom line

Among the old school Reebok classics is the Bolton, a heritage running shoe first introduced in the 1990s. Re-released in 2019, the Bolton remains faithful to the original, featuring the brand’s popular technologies, like the Hexalite cushioning.

From its simple white base, the Boltons’s colorful accents pop out, exuding with such flair the timeless Reebok vibe, pleasing the shoppers. 

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The Reebok Bolton is a unisex offered in men's sizes. Women can get their fit by going down one and a half sizes down from men’s. The sneaker’s low-cut profile gives the ankles better freedom of movement and faster transitions.

The comeback of the Reebok Bolton shoes is no doubt another perfect throwback to the good ol’ 1990s, where life, as they say, was simpler and slower. That said, this vintage sneaker pairs well with the much quieter lifestyle of the decades past. For that laidback, casual 1990s look, grab one of those pair of baggy jeans and loose-fitting hoodies, sweaters, and shirts, then put on the Reebok Bolton.

But such a timeless silhouette like the Reebok Bolton’s adapts well to almost any outfit. Fast-forward to the turn of the millennia, where the clothes began to be much tighter and minimalistic, while the sneakers get a lot chunkier and flashier. With all its retro coloring and beefy white base, the Reebok Bolton perfectly catches up with the modern appeal. Jeans, joggers, and sweatpants which taper down to the ankles to reveal the color of the socks bring out a new look to the Reebok Bolton.

The Reebok Bolton sneakers are offered in their two original colorways, which reflected the 1990s pop aesthetic: the Chalk/White/Red Rush/ California Blue and the Chalk/White/Magenta Pop/ Team Purple.

Part of the famous class of Reebok classics, the Reebok Bolton boasts a crisp, breathable white mesh-nylon upper. It is brushed up with colorful accents that elevate the sneaker’s retro styling. Underfoot, the Reebok Bolton has a Hy-Lite midsole with Hexalite cushioning for a responsive ride, long-lasting comfort, and excellent shock absorption.

Founded in 1958, in England, Reebok had reached their peak in the 1980s, when Reebok shoes topped the North American footwear market throughout that fitness-boom decade.

In the 1980s, the US public jumped into the fitness revolution, which turned athletics into a kind of lifestyle. Getting and staying fit had become an obsession. The aerobics and running fad stormed across the continent, and huge waves of athletic shoes hit the market.

Amid the boom, Reebok strived and capitalized on the decade’s fitness revolution. Reebok branched out from producing spiked shoes to producing casual athletic clothing and footwear for the hordes of amateur athletes and fitness aficionados.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, Reebok churned out a line of athletic shoes which transcended themselves and became classics. Silhouettes such as the Classic Leather, Workout, Club Classic 85, Insta Pump, Aztec, and Aztrek all came out from those two decades. Among them was the Reebok Bolton, launched in 1992.

What began as a running shoe has transformed into an urban accessory. Such is the story of the Reebok Bolton, whose unique style transcended the athletic and sporting fields and graced the vast urban scene.

  • The tongue features the Reebok Running Man logo for a more vintage vibe.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.