Size and fit

Cutting the sole in portions dramatically reduces the weight of the sneaker, but a midsole that is sturdy and lightweight should compensate for it. Enter the 3D Ultralite EVA foam. For the sneaker’s enclosure, an abstract system of lacing was introduced along with pull tabs at the tongue and the heel. The carbon fiber shank underneath promotes a smooth transition from heel to toe.

The men’s Reebok 3D OP. 98 is available in sizes 6 to 12 without half sizes. It follows the standard width of D medium.

Reebok 3D OP. 98 Style

Dad sneakers, or ugly shoes per se, should always be partnered with loose hanging trousers that are straightly cut. It is advisable for these pants to be free-flowing, but then again there are some who would like to flaunt every part of this weird low top. With that being said, skinny jeans and joggers with matching high socks are the go-to for these guys. Styling the Reebok 3D OP. 98, in general, should be partnered with sporty clothes or baggy apparel.

Notable Features

The noticeable features of Reebok 3D OP. 98 sneakers would probably be two things: its paint splattered-looking upper and the dissected midsole tooling. The webbed up detailing on the sneaker’s upper would surely lock eyes from on-lookers which are known to be assembled either with suede or patent leather. The second thing is the dino-resembling tooling that consists of a carbon fiber shank as its base, and huge chunks of 3D Ultralite foams for its midsole. 

Reebok 3D OP. 98 History

With the prominence of athleisure footwear in recent years, global brands had continued to improvise their sneaker portfolio. What another way to keep up with the concurrent trend than to look back in their design archives and haul a good bunch of retro cues. Yes, it is a bit ironic for a sportswear company to pull inspiration from the past, but its relevance nowadays boils down to the inexplicable taste for ugly or dad sneakers. 

Almost any other global player in the apparel industry joined in with the bandwagon of producing “dad shoes” for fashion and lifestyle. One of those brands who aspire to catch a decent piece of the market was Reebok. With the Instapump Fury’s outline in mind, Reebok punches their time-machine and revisits several of their chunky 90s silhouettes which are initially built for running and other whatnots. 

One of the promising resurrections that Reebok spearheaded involved the old school silhouette from 1998 called the Pump Opus. The now Adidas-owned company approached designer Carlos Escobar to reinvent the 90s runner alongside the brilliant minds of Steve Smith, Paul Litchfield, and Peter Foley. Escobar introduced a contemporary take on the low top, chunky runner and fluffs the upper more while leaving the tooling untouched.  

The Opus Runner had the privilege to be retroed in a collection of fashion-forward iterations including the Reebok 3D OP. 98, 3D OP. Lite, 3D OP. Fractional, 3D OP. Pro, and probably many more. But the one that takes the avant-garde accenting up a notch was the Reebok 3D OP. 98. Its eccentric taste of mixed-matched materials proved worthy in the dad shoe pantheon today. 

The Reebok 3D OP. 98 shoes carry on the Instapump Fury’s legacy via the carbon fiber plate for its mid shank tooling. The midsole is also updated with a 3D Ultralite material for a lightweight feel without disrupting the vintage appearance of its predecessor. The low top sneaker’s cut-out collar oozes with modern detailing coupled by pull loops on the tongue and heel for ease of entry. The 3D OP. 98’s radical design fuses suede/patent leather overlays with a breathable textile upper sitting on top of a dinosaur-like sole. 

Additional Info

  • Underlays are composed of a textile material. 
  • 90s Reebok vector logo can be seen on the tongue, heel, outsole, and insole with accommodating Reebok brandings. 
  • Two colorways were introduced in 2018 namely the Gold/Black and True Grey/Green. 
  • It was unveiled on August 17, 2018, with an initial retail price of $150.

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Reebok Classics
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Colorways: Black / White / Grey

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.