166 users: 4.5 / 5
Base model: Reebok Classic Leather
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running

Verdict from 9.6 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • The Reebok Classic Leather EBK sneakers are comfortable right from the start, according to most reviewers.
  • Many individuals describe the low-top shoes as “fashionable,” “go with everything,” and “look gorgeous on the legs.” 
  • Plenty of purchasers commend the lifestyle shoes’ color combinations. 
  • The Reebok Classic Leather EBK are well-made sneakers that use quality materials, several users have reported.
  • A good number of consumers have commented that the shoes give excellent value for money.
  • The low-top footwear has the perfect fit widthwise, according to some.
  • The Classic Leather EBK sneakers are lightweight, which makes them perfect for long-distance walking and low-intensity workouts, a few testers have noted.
  • The casual shoes have good traction, according to a customer. He has added that he uses them to walk on ice and that the footwear grips very well.
  • One person has mentioned that the Reebok Classic Leather EBK shoes feel warm—perfect for cold days.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Two people have remarked that the color of this casual footwear from Reebok is darker in person than what is pictured.
  • One individual has complained that the soles of the shoes give off a squeaky sound when walking.
  • A customer has said that the shoes are comfortable but do not have a lot of cushioning in them.

Bottom line

Comfort and style define the Reebok Classic Leather EBK sneakers very well. These remakes of the iconic Classic Leather shoes are well-built, uses premium materials, and are sturdy enough for long-distance walks and fitness activities. They’re also light, have a perfect fit, warm, and are grippy even on wet surfaces. They may have a darker hue than pictured but are otherwise excellent footwear overall.

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Classic Leather EBK shoes feature a comfy blend of materials that offer a snug and supportive fit. The tongues and collars are padded and the soft fabrics keep the feet comfy and happy.

A traditional lacing system using seven pairs of eyelets and flat laces offer a customizable fit.

The Reebok Classic Leather EBKs can be worn by both men and women. The shoes dress up perfectly with a pair of trousers and a button-up shirt. Women can wear these with denim skirts, jeans, and leggings.

The Reebok Classic Leather EBKs do not feature innovative technologies like their newer counterparts. However, the shoes are still as comfortable as ever, and the vegetable-tanned leather gives them a richer feel. The subtle colors further elevate the style of the sneakers to something quite sophisticated.


Reebok introduced the silhouette that the Classic Leather EBKs are based on in the fall of 1983. The iconic Classic Leather shoes were considered groundbreaking runners at the time because of the innovative technologies that they featured, which included toe box air vents and the BiDensity Shock Protection System that gave the footwear stability. However, as pioneering as these technologies were, what added to the shoes’ popularity was the fact that they were the first Reebok runners to utilize garment leather fabric.

From the start, these shoes were able to mix function, style, and practicality well in a way that made them as ready on the streets as they are qualified for the tracks.

The Classic Leather EBK (or Elevated Basic Knit)  shoes keep most of the style of the original model but enhance it by adding knit fabric to the shoes’ uppers. A gum rubber sole further adds to the heritage look.

  • The knit material of the Reebok Classic Leather EBK is featured on the tongues and quarters of the sneakers.
  • The Elevated Basic Knit Pack for women comes in two colors: whisper grey and shell pink. There are two colorways for the men as well, namely army green and sand stone.
  • A Classic Leather EBK Needlecraft Pack also came out with the colorways smoky indigo, black, and beige.
  • The Reebok Classic Leather EBK sneakers use traditional EVA midsoles for lightweight cushioning.
  • The knitted detailing takes from arrowhead knit detailing on Western wear of the 40’s and 50’s.

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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.