We spent 6.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of reviewers highly recommend the Reebok Phase 1 for its successful blend of style and function.
  • Many shoppers describe its vintage ’80s tennis court style as dope, fresh, and clean.
  • The Reebok Phase 1 is a very affordable sneaker.
  • Several testers remark that it feels comfortable and lightweight on feet, like “walking on clouds.”
  • Some users remark that the Phase 1 looks smart enough to be worn at work and casual outings and simple and low-key enough for daily wear.
  • A few reviewers have taken delight in its cool white colorways and other unique color concepts.
  • One racquetball player shares that he feels confident and safe in these shoes on the court.
  • The Reebok Phase 1 runs true to size and fits very well, based on most reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users report that the tongue does not settle and tends to slip to either side.
  • Quite a few have questioned its durability and construction, pointing out that the upper’s new materials are inferior compared to the original Reebok Phase 1.
  • One reviewer complains that moisture builds up inside the shoe.

Bottom line

Labeled under Reebok Classics, the Phase 1 takes cues from the criminally underrated ’80s tennis silhouette, the Phase 1 Pro. This iteration maintains the original’s overall looks, but is quietly streamlined to adapt to the styles of the modern times.

Its leather-textile upper is made simpler, cleaner, detailed with lines of vintage stitching and sparser overlays. All that sits atop a lightweight EVA midsole and a hard-wearing rubber outsole, which deliver superb cushioning and grip. Sneaking in at $95, the Phase 1 is an affordable, stylish, quintessential sneaker from Reebok.


Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Reebok Classics
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather
Price: $95
Colorways: White
Special editions: 1 special editions
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The Reebok Phase 1 has a low-profile design, which enables the ankles to have full mobility in each stride and, as a result, adapt well to rapid foot movements. Besides that, this model runs on a traditional lace-up closure that locks the foot in as loose and as snug as the wearer prefers. Furthermore, these Phase 1 vintage trainers are available in men’s sizing, which ranges from 4 to 13.

The Phase 1 is among those tennis-inspired athletic sneakers, whose designs have become sleeker and more versatile, matching a variety of clothing and personalities. This Reebok vintage sneaker looks smart and casual enough to be worn anywhere, be it at work, a night out, or for a walk around town.

Its style is quite the perfect match to a pair of jeans and a tee shirt. Since its heritage is tennis, it also suits athleisure wear. Clothing such as sweatpants and joggers are excellent matches to the Phase 1. Furthermore, these Reebok vintage shoes are available in a variety of colorways, such as white/ collegiate navy/red, and white/matte silver/gray/red, sea spray/crushed cobalt/white/gum, black/trek gold/white/gum, and chalk/blue/Mars dust/teal.

Its most striking appeal is its quintessential Reebok silhouette. One glimpse is all it takes for one to know it’s a Reebok sneaker, even though it doesn’t present the classic stripes on its sidewalls. The subtle, but revealing, details are enough, such as its iconic rubber toe cap that rounds up the silhouette with sheer authenticity.

In the mid-1980s, Reebok had once reigned to the top of the sneaker industry ladder, beating all other competing brands. During this decade, Reebok had churned out unforgettable silhouettes—from running, training, to sports sneakers—which soon became classics.

Among those iconic models is the tennis sneaker Phase 1 Pro, often regarded as the most underrated Reebok sneaker. The Phase 1 is a loyal iteration of the classic, proudly paying homage to its heritage.       

  • It has a removable EVA Foam sock liner to accommodate orthotics.  
  • Depending on the colorway, the Phase 1’s upper may be comprised of either leather or suede.


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.