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Released for the general public in January 2017, the shoe is made available in men's sizes. The Reebok Club C Kendrick runs true to size. It utilizes a traditional lace-up closure system that enhances overall support and lockdown.
Stowing away from the original tonal leather upper of the classic Club C, the shoe displays acid-washed denim effects with black stitches replicating traditional jeans. The Reebok Club C Kendrick's low top profile is perfect for pants in hues darker than the image of the shoe. Dark-colored skinny jeans, skirts, and shorts are adequate for sporting the shoe casually.
Attention to detail is paramount in designing the Reebok Club C Kendrick as several elements resemble Kendrick Lamar's creativity and a subtle message to wearers. A black Reebok patch can be seen on the outer panel of the vamp with Reebok in black coloring as well. The letter K on the left shoe is tinted in red as well as the O on the right, representing Kendrick's nickname when he was a younger rapper. A die-cut EVA midsole is utilized for low profile cushioning with a thick removable Ortholite footbed for added comfort. A red textile is attached to the tongue which runs along the back. The heel also contains a red bar that signifies strength.
The 1980’s gave way to a particular kind of trend that was made famous for most women in its zeitgeist namely, aerobics. Unfortunately, other competing shoe brands in that era had overlooked the fact that the direction for an increased healthy lifestyle will be such a boom that would then give a massive opportunity for Reebok to conquer.
Reebok remodeled their goals and focused on releasing silhouettes that revolved around necessities for work-out and women. The act made the company into a formidable foe for shoe competitors and had spontaneously increased its product demand and revenue which also placed them on the top of the sneaker food chain.
Several shoe lines can be accounted for in Reebok’s ascent in the 80’s, and an example of this is the Reebok Freestyle, which was intentionally marketed for women who indulged in an active health-centered lifestyle. Reiterations followed in the form of a revamped model of the Freestyle called the Ex-O-Fit which was made for men. Simultaneously, demand for specific dress codes for tennis gave birth to a shoe with a simple colorway on which Reebok responded with the Newport Classic.
Reebok then successively released the Revenge Plus line referencing the silhouette of the NPC but would, later on, revert to a more compliant design for tennis club rules and codes. Thus creating the Reebok Club C. Fast forward to the year 2016, the collaboration between Reebok and artist Kendrick Lamar took place and reinvented the Club C model. The now Reebok Club C Kendrick was made available in stores on January 13, 2017.
- Reebok and Kendrick intended that the Reebok branding to be hidden in the silhouette of the shoe to amplify anonymity and promote equality.
- The shoe comes with two laces, a black and a white pair.
- The upper of the shoe is made of canvas material with a padded collar and a leather lining inside for added stability.