Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of reviewers highly recommended the Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM.
  • Many buyers said that they are pleased with the design of this shoe. 
  • This low-top Reebok is comfortable and nice, according to numerous wearers.
  • Some reviewers noted that the material is of good quality.
  • A couple of reviewers expressed that like other classic Reebok shoes, this modernized version of the Classic Leather is impressive and never disappoints.
  • Some buyers appreciated that this Reebok comes at a great price for its fantastic quality.
  • This shoe lasts a long time, as stated by quite a number of wearers.
  • Some reviewers described the Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM as “extremely reliable and durable.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer highlighted that the Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM he bought had some excess glue over the materials.
  • Another reviewer stated that his only problem with this shoe is that the stitching tends to rub his small toes, which causes a bit of discomfort.  
  • Limited colorways are available for this Reebok low-top.

Bottom line

One of the many modern-day Reebok Classic Leather iterations came with a speckled midsole and rippled outsole, the Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM. This classic men's low-top sneaker flaunts a sporty yet timeless-looking upper with design accents drawn into the sole unit.

Perceived by most as versatile, stylish, and classic, this Reebok shoe offers a lot more than its aesthetics. It is durable, affordable, high-quality, and right out of the box comfortable.

Facts

Base model: Reebok Classic Leather
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Reebok Classic Leather
Price: $90
Colorways: Beige, Black, Grey
Special editions: 46 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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A top rated sneaker
A top rated Reebok sneaker
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This iteration of the Reebok Classic Leather is available in men’s sizing that ranges from 4 to 14 in D Standard width. It has a low-top profile that permits flexible foot movement and adjustable lace closure with a central tongue loop tab for a secure and snug fit. For supplemental in-shoe comfort, the tongue, collar, and insoles are all padded. Further, the shoe’s overall hold and support are excellent following the shoe’s running shoe DNA and nubuck and leather upper.

Despite that modernized and ripple pattern upgrade on the outsole and the speckle midsole accent, the Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM stays true to the classic roots of its core model, the Reebok Classic Leather. The upper utilizes a combination of leather and nubuck for a sporty and timeless appeal that fits almost any set of outfits, while the speckled midsole adds a nice and contemporary touch to the classic look of this running-inspired kick.

The Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM shoe stays true to the heritage of the iconic Reebok Classic Leather shoes. However, this particular iteration stands out for two reasons – its rubber outsole that follows a ripple pattern for increased durability and added aesthetic; and its striking midsole with speckle design accents, hence the SM in the name which stands for “Speckled Midsole.”

Reebok launched the Classic Leather in 1983 as a performance running shoe that pioneered the use of garment leather as an upper material. Since then, it has successfully evolved from a running staple into a street style must-have and an icon in the sneaker community. Its iconic status led to an assortment of colorways of the original silhouette and countless of contemporary versions that, most of the time, use upgraded materials or flaunt new designs that stay true to the Reebok Classic Leather's roots.

One of the recent iterations of the Reebok Classic Leather is the Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM. It retains the tooling of the original silhouette, but it received several design upgrades particularly on the sole unit. The upper is made of nubuck and leather for supportive comfort that lasts. The midsole, on the other hand, flaunts speckle design accents (hence the SM or “Speckled Midsole” in the name) while the outsole follows a ripple pattern for durable traction.

  • The Reebok Classic Leather Ripple SM also features an EVA midsole for cushioning and added comfort.
  • Like the Classic Leather, this shoe displays Reebok logos on the tongue, lateral side panel window, and heel.
  • The toe box features perforation details for added breathability.

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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.

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