Verdict from 6 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers agree that the Reebok Classic Leather ATI is a more updated, stylish version of the timeless silhouette.
  • Beyond the form, this modernized version of the Reebok CL features exceptional comfort quips many wearers.
  • Reebok followers describe that the color blocking on this classic trainer is exceptionally stunning.
  • Numerous purchasers state that the construction on the ATI version of the Classic Leather is very durable.
  • Many testers notice that the quality of the materials of this kick is above average.
  • A handful of shoe collectors say that this silhouette reminds them of how some New Balance sneakers feel.
  • The predominantly leather upper version is easy to clean, shares some of the female consumers.
  • The silhouette allows most of the users to match this with any outfit pieces.
  • Most people note that this pair of sneakers comes at an affordable price point.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers notice that the insole can use more cushioning.
  • Several reviewers point out that the forefoot is a tad bit narrow for their liking.
  • A few testers notice that the Reebok CL ATI takes some break-in time.

Bottom line

The ATI version stands out among the growing Classic Leather roster for the fresh and fun color palette, seamlessly blending both new age and retro vibe. In addition to the fascinating zoned hues, is an uncommon sheer ripstop upper that allows an on-looker to see the details underneath it.

Possessing the same footbed lining as the iconic CL Leather is the same terry fabric that offers a plush, soft feel to the feet.

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Good to know

The CL in Alter the Icons model is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. While the ladies’ version features a leather-synthetic upper, the male is swathed in the semi-translucent upper. However, one need not limit to this categorization as fashion will always be subjective to one’s style. 

As most reviews share that the sizing on this retro is on the larger side, it is suggested to get this half or even a full size down. Several also share that the forefoot feels narrow, so it is recommended to get it half a size up.

With the larger size and narrow width, it is crucial to follow the site’s procedural guide to getting one’s size to get the closest fit possible.

Whether one decides to get either the leather or the sheer upper, this reimagined shoe will surely be an eye-catcher no matter how one opts to style this.

  • Be comfy in the workplace with some khaki pants, plain tee under an unbuttoned plaid polo, and a pair of this sneaker in White/Washed Blue/Primal Red hue.
  • Look casual chic in pinstripe dress under an oversize denim jacket and some White/True Grey 1/Glass Blue colorway on feet.

Having the same makeup as the Classic Leather, this upgraded version is differentiated by swathing the shoe with ripstop see-through material, giving it a deconstructed vibe. Splashed in bolder and more fun color modernizes this timeless classic.

Stitched on the tongue and heel are rubber patches that print the version and material of the shoe. Some colorways print the “Concept Sample 005”, while some carry the “Tech. Transparency.” Underneath this unique piece bears the Reebok vector logo.

Reebok initially launched the Icons collection in July 2018. 

As the collection states, Reebok takes iconic silhouettes and tap up-and-coming trailblazers in their respective fields of music, fashion, design, and art. 

Taking two of its popular ‘80s silhouette, the Classic Leather and the Workout Plus, Reebok encourages these influencers to remix and redesign these timeless models to fit their respective styles.

In February 2019, Reebok launched the ATI capsule with Grammy-nominated rapper Childish Major; Atlanta-rapper, J.I.D; rap artist and designer Rejjie Snow; London-based model-stylist-songwriter Juno Song; singer-songwriter Tayla Parx; and 13-year-old twin sisters DJs Amira and Kayla.

  • The female variety has the semi-transparent overlay on the upper that connects to the lace closure area.
  • Other color selections feature an icy outsole.


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