One thing about the early 90′s was the diversity in footwear. Now a days its mostly Nike Nike and more Nike. In 1991 you had Nike, Reebok, Asics, Adidas, Fila, Etonic, Ewing etc. When Reebok dropped the Black Top Pump it was a hit. This was one of those shoes that was converting the Nikey heads. I remember 91-92 and I recall a lot of people wearing the black top line from Reebok, it was gritty, street, and it looked good. Reebok Retro’d these and did a very good job, but below are pictures of the Originals. Wearable pairs of the OG’s are out there but don’t be fooled the midsole is prone to cracking. Check out pictures from the DeFY. New York Photo vault below enjoy!
Originally released in 1992, the Reebok Court Victory II retro is a good quality, good looking solid retro with one issue. That issue is the pump mechanism. You see, in three instances (three different pairs) the pumps either worked poorly, where very difficult to pump, or one of the shoes pumps did not work at all. Its too bad considering Reebok got everything else right with them, the materials, the color placement, quality and fit all very very good. The solution in this case would be, if you purchase a pair of these and the pumps aren’t working properly return them for a better pair. The court victory II runs small so go a half size up. Below are pictures of the Original colorway from the DeFY. New York Photo vault enjoy!
So when this shoe retro’d in 2007 a lot of the misinformed “sneaker experts” reared their heads. We are all entitled to a mistake no doubt, but one as bad as this one just doesn’t go unforgotten. The shoe Woody Harrelson was wearing in white men can’t jump was the Nike Air Command Force Pump how they got the two confused who knows, there is even a part in the movie where Sidney pumps up woody’s sneakers. Anyyyyyyyyyyhow, this retro from Reebok was done very well, great great quality, a good fit, some slight differences between the original and the retro but nothing major. They are very comfortable, lightweight and fit true to size. Below are pics from the DeFY. New York photo vault enjoy.
Similar to the Reebok Freestyle these pairs were found in a Brooklyn Mom & Pop shop. Simple and clean they are very wearable. Pairs that I have come across were only solid colorway’s, which is refreshing. Below the colorways are slate, plum, and taupe. These dropped in 1992, and honestly were not that sought after (especially with Fila, Nike, And Reebok running things back in 92). The Monte had a suede upper which over time if not stored properly caused fading. Pairs are difficult to come by now especially pairs in mint condition. The Plum colorway commands a premium. Check out pics below from the DeFY. New York Photo Archive.