Size and fit

The Rapide from Reebok is assembled with a unisex sizing in mind offered in a generous size range of 3.5 to 13. These trainers are identified as men’s sizes and following the official Reebok size chart should provide the right fit. Though a considerable chunk of its customer base found that it runs true to size, some with wide feet experienced a narrow width. 

Reebok Rapide Style

Rooting for the Ariana Grande look was probably one of the primary reasons why ladies would strap on the Reebok Rapide on feet. In any case, the Reebok Rapide women’s sneaker can be sported with a multitude of clothing options that are made viable by its clean, retro detailing. From short skirts to long, free-flowing pants, the low top can surely make one stand out. 

The Reebok Rapide for men, on the other hand, can be partnered down with joggers, denim jeans, and khaki shorts. Just remember to use the right shade of colors that would match the color of the sneaker. 

Notable Features

Yes, the sneaker portrays an appearance similar with the Reebok Classic Leather but what throws it away is the iconic Vector logo detailing on the side panels. These brandings contain a somewhat embossed patch on top of an overlay which has distinct striping underneath. To complete the new look, a small piece of underlay is positioned at the lace bed which almost always mimics the color of the underlying Vector stripe. 

Reebok Rapide History

Ever since Joe and Jeff Foster departed from their family business, Reebok had started a new sense of style and format for their footwear line-up. Building new pillars for its name, the UK-born company surrounded their portfolio with running-bound designs while introducing a new logo. Reebok, for those who don’t know, was a result of a quick dictionary search which initially was the Afrikaans version of a gazelle. 

For almost two decades, Reebok stuck with what they know best and produced relatively top-notched kicks that runners soon appreciate. From the Arena’s showcased in the 60s to the A100 series in the late 70s, the brand continues to flourish their running catalog. Eventually, they encountered a massive fork in the road when they met Paul Fireman in a sports goods convention in Chicago 1978. 

Paul Fireman, an enthusiastic outdoor goods salesman, was caught by Reebok’s brilliance concerning design and functionality. Right then and there, he acquired the distribution rights for all Reebok products to North America with a little bit of creative input on the side. That last clause soon generated a massive impact in the following years of Reebok’s existence. 

Fireman was the spark plug for the brand’s reinvention, giving a different path for their boom in the 80s. It was the Freestyle that brought them to the top of the food chain, but several silhouettes under it helped cement their name in the limelight. The Classic Leather was a humble nod to their running roots which eventually became a lifestyle sneaker. Among this crowd of garment leather mumbo jumbo was a shoe built for the tracks. 

Initially promoted as a beginner’s running model, the Reebok Rapide was unveiled in 1985. Advertised as a kick that was able to withstand 25-30 miles of running, the Rapide comes with a thermoplastic heel counter offering support and stability for the foot’s rear. Anyone might think that a sneaker with such feat comes with a price, but fortunately, the Rapide was one of the cheapest silhouettes to ever come out of the pack. 

The Rapide had a relatively short-lived success considering its considerable value for money. It was in 1991 where the sneaker’s appearance was first revamped. The reconstruction also included a feminine design which was called the Etoile, French for “Star.” A few years after, the Rapide and Etoile outdid it again by launching another look in 1995 which pretty much resembles the Classic Leather’s facade. 

Jump forward to 2016, the 1995 OG Rapide was re-introduced to the public in a silky kind of way. Korean models advertised the newly invented kicks internationally along with their long legs and free-flowing skirts. The Reebok Rapide showcases vintage color-blocking of red and blue with an alternate edition of black and blue-green. 

Additional Info

  • The Reebok Rapide comes in white and blue as well as one in Collegiate Navy. 
  • The materials on its upper are usually composed of textile and synthetic suede. 
  • Insoles are removable. 
  • Tooling is comprised of an EVA midsole with an accommodating high-abrasion rubber outsole. 


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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.