Verdict from 6 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Most buyers believe that the Reebok Workout Plus Nepenthes is very comfortable.
  • Many fans love the added suede overlay on the side of this kick.
  • Several users have shared that the Reebok Workout Plus x NEPENTHES is lightweight.
  • This sneaker is constructed with premium materials, according to several buyers.
  • This kick from the Reebok Workout collection has an affordable price tag.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few buyers gripe that the NEPENTHES x RBK Workout Plus is a bit narrow.

Bottom line

Reebok and Nepenthes collaborated to recreated one of Reebok’s renowned silhouettes, the Workout Plus. The Reebok Workout Plus Nepenthes held all the vintage details, thus releasing a comfortable, lightweight, and high-quality footwear. 

The simplistic makeover of Nepenthes did to the classic silhouette created plush looking footwear with a pocket-friendly price tag. Despite a few reported complaints about its narrowness, this sneaker is highly recommended for any sneaker collector.

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Good to know

The low-top Reebok Workout Plus Nepenthes is a unisex sneaker offered in men’s sizing. It uses the traditional lacing system looped on the signature H-strap found on the midsole. This element is used to provide ample support and excellent hold to its wearers.

Also, Reebok inserted this sneaker with its signature terry cloth lining and ample cushioning on the tongue and collar for added comfort and protection. The EVA midsole, meanwhile, delivers lightweight cushioning.

The black/Reebok gum-06/legacy red and the white/steel/blue/coral colorways of Reebok x Nepenthes Workout Plus flaunts the classic features of its predecessor, added with luxury detail to make it more modern. The upper is made of premium soft leather combined with suede H-strap in the midfoot. The gum sole not only delivers reliable traction but also it enhances the classic vibe. 

The overall style of this sneaker is versatile that can be virtually used in any activity. Buyers can use this for their daily errands, to attending training classes, going to work, or chilling at night with friends.

The RBK Workout Plus Nepenthes looks fashionable on feet when paired with almost any attire. A pair of rolled-up chino with a plain white t-shirt creates a clean, casual look. Jogger pants with a parka jacket also look fashionable when finished off with this black low-top sneaker.

What makes the RBK Workout Plus Nepenthes sneakers standout is the premium hairy suede on the midfoot. This midfoot element is called H-strap that has been Reebok Workout’s distinctive feature. It holds the foot securely by providing ample support. This update to the classic silhouette creates a striking look without going overboard.

Reebok Workout was introduced in the 80s intended to function as multipurpose gym footwear. It was the answer of Reebok to fitness programs of bodybuilders and CrossFit trainers in the 80s. The brand added a stabilizing feature dubbed as the H-strap to properly hold and secure the feet of the wearers while doing challenging fitness acts. 

In 1987, Reebok Workout Plus was launched as a direct descendant of the Workout silhouette. This model bore the classic elements added with a few tweaks to make it distinct. In 2011, when Reebok launched the all-white Vintage Collection, the brand re-introduced the Workout Plus with an all-white leather upper and a touch of grey. To give off an old-school vibe, Reebok added bits of yellow throughout.

Reebok Workout Plus has gone through a lot of collaborations over the years. Almost all of it was successful in recreating the renowned workout footwear. One of the latest partnership was with NEPENTHES, a New York-based Japanese fashion brand. This label was founded in 1988 by Japanese designer Keizo Shimizu. 

In 2019, Reebok and Nepenthes teamed up to recreate the Workout Plus model. Nepenthes added its signature touch, creating plush-looking footwear with superb comfort, durability, and timelessness; thus launching the modernized classic workout footwear dubbed as RBK Workout Plus Nepenthes shoes. 

  • The Reebok Workout Plus x Nepenthes is made of gum sole that provides sticky traction to any surfaces.
  • It has perforations on the vamp added ventilation.
  • Reebok branding can be found on the tongue, heel, and outsole. 


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.