We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • The Reebok Classic Leather Patent consistently showcases the brand’s high-quality construction, as observed by a handful of consumers. 
  • It was the best purchase for two buyers. 
  • A considerable portion of the reviewers found the Reebok Classic Leather Patent very comfortable, and a small chunk of them even wore it all day long. 
  • Few customers insisted that the sneakers are easy to keep clean. 
  • A commenter praised its sole’s excellent traction and grip. 
  • The Reebok Classic Leather is a sleek, stylish sneaker that looks beautiful every day, as stated by many purchasers. 
  • The slightly off-white colorway was one of the attributes that attracted some people to buy the sneaker. 
  • A customer applauded its lightweight construction. Another one commended the excellent support it offers. 
  • A couple of wearers loved that it matches well with almost any article of clothing they use. 
  • The patent finish makes the sneakers stand out and gives them a pleasant aesthetic effect, according to a couple of users. 
  • Less than a handful of consumers testified that it was a perfect summer shoe. 
  • The patent leather material on its upper makes it a bit water resistant as observed by one user.


2 reasons not to buy

  • Though more people loved the Reebok Classic Leather Patent’s style, some of them were a bit disappointed and also insisted that it looks far too plastic-y for them. 
  • A handful of reviewers hated the tongue on the patent version because it was harder and longer compared to other Classic Leathers. It tends to rub against the bottom of the shin which would sometimes cause blisters and pain. 


Bottom line

Reebok’s coveted vintage runner is at it again with another posh makeover of the Classic Leather. Showcasing the lacquered gloss of historical leather shoes is the Reebok Classic Leather Patent. The low top sneaker takes patent detailing to a whole new level and wraps the entire upper in it, giving it a shine that attracts women and all other sneaker fans alike. Good thing this iteration is exclusively available for women because nobody wants to see men strapping down lustrous CL Leathers and pointing it under ladies’ skirts.




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The women’s Reebok Classic Leather Patent sneakers are available from sizes 5 to 11. It features a traditional lace-up enclosure on top of a leather upper which has a padded collar and tongue for smooth entry. These low tops come in a B medium width. 

Shoes patched up with patent leather doesn’t necessarily mean that the person sporting them are obliged to wear tuxedos. It is a different case for these Reebok Classic Leather Patent shoes as it was made specifically for women’s feet. The ladies would surely enjoy this neck-breaking silhouette with a pair of free-flowing dresses or skirts for the summer. Pants, leggings, capris, and jeggings would also suffice. 

Differentiating one version of a Reebok Classic Leather from another boils down to the material used in its upper. This time, the sneaker makes use of a patent leather detail which wraps all the patches on its upper even the underlays and tongue. 

If the mid-20th century’s athletic endeavors were summarized in four words, it would be "hardcore inclination to sports." In recent times, the presence of numerous distractions like every other form of media and internet stuff can distract anyone’s time for hours. But when talking about the vintage times, where the prominence of technology is all but a sprouting bud in the stem of science, having something to do takes action and physicality. 

To counter-act boredom, people rooted for sports and other activities that test the limits of one’s body. Sportswear companies, on the other hand, capitalized on this notion and produced footwear to enhance the people’s performance. It soon grew out to be a ravenous fad, and the widespread proliferation of iterations soon took over the world. Reebok was one of those who pioneered such spread, and they did a pretty good job in the 80s. 

Joe Foster, the co-owner of Reebok, participated in a sportswear convention held in Chicago in 1978 and met a riveting outdoors gear entrepreneur named Paul Fireman. Compelled with what Reebok has to offer, Fireman immediately proposed to acquire all the distribution rights of Reebok products for North America. The proposal also includes a bit of tweaking and revamping in case the American consumer base heeds for changing some of the silhouettes. 

With that in mind, Fireman set out to create something new--a sneaker that would shatter boundaries that the sportswear opponents overlooked. The journey takes him from coast to coast until reaching California, where a Reebok representative named Angel Martinez pitched a genius idea in the late 70s. 

Martinez noticed that there was a growing scarcity for female footwear and men-centric were the focus of global players at the time. He and Fireman conspired to introduce an aerobic sneaker  named the Freestyle and was set to release in 1982. Paul Brown was the person behind its design, and it was already a massive hit in the early stages of its launch. 

Around 30,000 pairs of the Freestyle was sold in just the first month which, of course, gave Reebok a heap load of revenue for expanding their franchise. In 1983, they introduced more iterations, a feat only a few companies can accomplish. 

Yes, the Freestyle’s success radiated across the sneaker platform in years, but it wasn’t the only iteration boosting Reebok’s fame. Three more came along in 1983 namely the Ex-O-Fit, Classic Nylon , and the ever so promising Reebok Classic Leather. At first, these three models were at the top of their game when it comes to performance enhancing, but eventually, their glow as a functioning silhouette bogged down. Fortunately, their sleek image proved worthy for strutting down the streets. 

The Reebok Classic Leather, after decades, became one of the most iconic kicks for athleisure thanks to its burgeoning underground cult-following. From running shoe to fashion gargantuan, the Classic Leather cemented its stature in casual wear evident with its numerous colorway options throughout the years. The designers in the Reebok kitchen played along with it, introducing either muted tints or loud avant-garde accents. 

The Reebok Classic Leather kept on experimenting with different materials until it eventually ended up with patent leather. The Reebok Classic Leather Patent is one of the few glossy iterations that the UK-born company introduced to the public which brilliantly utilizes the ancient mirror-like leather component.

  • Popular colorways of the sneaker are White and Pink Desert Dust which also comes with tonal laces. 
  • The sockliner is padded for plush comfort. 
  • The outsole with a traditional Reebok Classic treading provides exceptional grip and traction. 
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.