A capsule that existed with Reebok prior to the Swizz takeover was the Jean-Michel Basquiat collection – a tribute to the late NYC-based artist that garnered acclaim for his neo-expressionism and style. For this Holiday season, Reebok combines Basquiat’s work with the re-tooled Reebok Blast, using the artwork on the upper for an asymmetrical design. On the heel is an embroidery of Basquiat’s initials, as well as the signature stamp on the tongue. These are available right now at French retailer Snkrs so check ‘em out and let us know what you think.
These Reebok "collaborations" with Jean-Michel's art don't capture any of what he was all about. He died in '88 and probably wouldn't ever have allowed a brand to exploit his art for profit like Reebok is. I find it these "tributes" to be really ironic. Worst of all, in my opinion, is that these shoes look terrible, but I guess pretty much everything Reebok puts out looks terrible.