Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Reebok Workout Plus 1987 TV got loads of shoppers hooked on its nostalgic vintage appeal and was described as “a time capsule of the 1980s.”
  • Almost all reviewers highly recommended it.
  • This is an affordable pair.
  • Most testers said that the sneaker delivers outstanding comfort.
  • A couple of users felt lots of support and cushioning underfoot.
  • Its leather upper is of excellent quality and has nice detailing, many users noted.
  • A handful found the sneaker easy to clean.
  • More than a few declared the Workout Plus 1987 TV to be their most favorite sneaker or the best pair they’ve gotten in a long while.
  • Several were surprised that the pair came in a 1980’s-fashioned box. One added that this is the coolest retro model Reebok had released.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The sneaker does not look as white as displayed on the site, according to several online shoppers.
  • At least one buyer complained that the sneaker had some untrimmed threads when it arrived.

Bottom line

Decked in that vintage chalky white colorway, the Reebok Workout Plus 1987 TV returns better than ever but stays faithful to the original. Detailed with the coveted H-Strap and classic detailing, the buffed leather upper sits atop an EVA midsole, maintaining the look of the old-school silhouette.

The Workout Plus 1987 TV brings the same level of comfort and timeless style, which loyal fans of the Workout series have long praised. Its affordable price also makes the pair a practical choice for anyone seeking a functional, yet good-looking sneaker.

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Good to know

The Reebok Classics Workout Plus 1987 TV is a unisex shoe available in men’s sizing, which range from 3.5 to 15 equivalent to women’s 5 to 16.5. To get women’s sizing, go one and a half sizes down. In short, a women’s 7 is 5.5 in unisex sizing.

This low-top sneaker offers the ankles a full range of motion and adaptability to quick, spontaneous transitions. A traditional lace-up closure complements the leather upper. Furthermore, Reebok’s patented side panel H-Strap improves overall stability and support.

One of Reebok’s notable lifestyle sneakers, the model was initially designed for hitting the gym or training, hence the name Reebok Workout. Then it goes without saying that this pair matches that active, sporty look, for both men and women. Joggers, sweatpants, and leggings look great on this sneaker. However, this sneaker is also versatile that it seamlessly flows with casual clothing, such as a pair of jeans or shorts. One could go run around town to run errands or meet friends wearing these classic kicks. With its neutral, off-white colorway, the sneaker virtually works out with almost any type of clothing.

No one can ignore the brand’s patented H-Strap, which rounds up the sneaker’s look as well as offers the needed stability, durability, and comfort for performing vigorous activities. It is perhaps the model’s hallmark feature because it simply sets it apart from the other sneakers.

The 1980s saw people jumping into the fitness revolution. All of a sudden, aerobics stormed the US continents. Not long, Reebok set its sights on this booming trend and soon began producing footwear for the aspiring athletes and fitness aficionados. Throughout the decade, Reebok had introduced sneakers that run into the fitness campaign, which also became fashionable sneakers that can be worn off the gym and into the streets.

Among the most iconic of those silhouettes is the Reebok Workout, which was released in 1984. Three years later, an improved version of this model appeared, the Reebok Workout Plus 1987 TV, but then got shelved. Now that the latter’s long-awaited return has arrived, it didn’t go unnoticed.

  • Reebok labels and logos are displayed on the tongue, heel tab, side window, and midsole for that classic look.
  • The rounded toe area has perforations, which adds breathability.


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