Reebok Pump

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Reebok Pump
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A modern line of Reebok Pump shoes
Product type Footwear
Owner Reebok
Country United States
Introduced November 24, 1989

The Reebok Pump is line of athletic shoes that was first released on November 24, 1989.[1] It was the first shoe to have an internal inflation mechanism that regulated a unique fitting cushion in the lower and upper tongue to provide locking around the ankle.[2]

History[edit]

The original Reebok Pump
Reebok Pump 1989

In 1988, Paul Litchfield and Design Continuum, an industrial design firm, partnered to design a shoe that used inflatable chambers that pump-up for a custom fit, the Reebok Pump.[2][3][4] A demo version of the Pump, a customizable inflatable/deflatable high-top shoe, was exhibited at the Sporting Goods Manufacturers' Association in February 1989.[2][4] On November 24, 1989, the first Reebok Pump was released.[1][4] That month, Dominique Wilkins was featured on a television commercial introducing the Reebok Pump.[5] Reebok released the Omni Zone, Twilight Zone and the SXT Pump in 1990.[4] That year, Michael Chang's Court Victory Pumps was launched.[1][5]

In February 1991, Dee Brown inflated his Reebok Pumps in front of a national audience before scoring a title-winning dunk during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.[3] That year, Pump expanded into cross-training, off-road, golf , walking, aerobics and running shoes.[4] Fullfoot, midfoot, collar, arch, footbed and Dual Chamber support was offered at the time.[2] The pump technology was patented as USPTO #5113599 in May 1992.[3] That year, Shaquille O'Neal was given his own pair of pumps.[3] The Pump Graphlite, a running shoe endorsed by Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson was released in 1992.[4] That year, the film Juice included a montage of Omar Epps' character trying on different Reebok Pumps before meeting up with Tupac.[1] The Blacktop Model was released in 1991.[5] In 1994, Reebok partnered with Above the Rim, an American drama directed by Jeff Pollack and Tupac to create a full line of shoes named after the movie.[1] That year, the Insta Pump Fury was launched.[2]

John Cena wore Pumps as part of his old-school, hip hop gimmick in 2004 cishe.[5] During the NBA All-Star weekend in 2005, Reebok introduced the ATR (Above the Rim) Pump.[6] Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Steve Francis, Baron Davis and Jerome Williams showcased the ATR Pump during the NBA All-Star Game 2005.[6] In April 2005, the Pump 2.0 was launched.[7] The following year, Allen Iverson's The Answer IX featured the Pump Auto/Off Smart Valve.[5] The system automatically engaged or deactivated depending on performance needs.[5] The Reebok Pump X MLB, an edition paying homage to Shea Stadium and the Yankee Stadium was released in 2008.[5] Reebok released an original reproduction of The Fury in its 'Black/Citron/Red' colorway and 27 additional collaborative design versions of the shoe for its 20th anniversary in 2014.[8] In September 2014, the Keith Haring x Reebok Classic "Crack is Wack" collection Pumps were released.[9] That month, the Reebok Court Victory Pump was re-released.[10]

Collaborations[edit]

From 2007 to 2009 Reebok partnered with ALIFE to create shoe designs.[5] Reebok's retro program has collaborated with Rolland Berry, John Maeda, the Commonwealth store in Virginia, Boston's own Bodega, Ubiq in Philadelphia and Atmos in Tokyo.[2] Reebok also worked with Orchard St, a New York based retailer, to create a design for the Reebok Pump Omni Hex Ride.[2] In March 2014, Reebok collaborated with sneaker retailer Limited Edt to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the InstaPump Fury.[11]

25th anniversary[edit]

Pump It

In 2014, Reebok collaborated with various designers to release the 25th anniversary edition Pumps.[12]

  • VILLA x Reebok Pump Question[12]
  • Bodega x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary "1989"[13]
  • Sneaker Politics x Reebok Pump[14]
  • hanon x Reebok Pump[15]
  • Kasina x Reebok Pump[16]
  • Titolo x Reebok Pump[17]
  • 24 Kilates x Reebok Pump[18]
  • Social Status x Reebok Pump[19]
  • atmos x Reebok Pump[20]
  • The Footpatrol x Reebok Pump "G.O.A.T"[21]
  • Major x Reebok Pump[22]
  • mita sneakers x Reebok Pump[23]
  • Burn Rubber x Reebok Pump[24]
  • INVINCIBLE x Reebok Pump[25]
  • CNCPTS x Reebok Pump[26]

Styles[edit]

Pump Omni OG 2013 Re-Release
  • Omni Zone
  • Twilight Zone
  • SXT Pump
  • Arsenal
  • The Plateau
  • Battleground
  • Paydirt
  • Omni Zone II
  • Court Victory
  • Pump Graphlite
  • Kamikaze
  • Question
  • Shaqnosis
  • Court Victory II
  • OXT Mid
  • Altus
  • Total Control (Greg Norman)
  • Shaq Attaq
  • D-Time
  • SXT Mid
  • Insta Pump Fury
  • Insta Pump Fury Road
  • Omni Zone III
  • Omni Lite
  • Omni Hex Ride
  • Dual Pump Runner

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bodega's Unofficial History of the Reebok Pump". Bodeega. October 24, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Pump Up and Air Out! The History of the Reebok Pump". Sneaker Freaker. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Re-released Reebok Pumps Up Excitement". Foot Locker. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Pump Up and Air Out! The History of Reebok Pump". That Good Dubai. November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Happy 20th Birthday! The Best Moments In Reebok Pump History". Complex. November 23, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b C.Y. Ellis (November 8, 2013). "The History of Reebok in the Sneaker Industry". Hoops Vibe. 
  7. ^ Naomi Aoki (June 5, 2005). "That was then, this is now". Boston.com. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Zack Schlemmer (February 5, 2014). "The Oral History of the Reebok Instapump Fury with Designer Steven Smith". Sole Collector. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Brendan Dunne (September 4, 2014). "Keith Haring X Reebok Classic "Crack is Wack" Collection". Sneaker News. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Memory Lane: The Reebok Court Victory Pump Returns". Uproxx. July 8, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ DJ Aryan Magat (March 12, 2014). "Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary: Hypethetic X Limited Edt X Reebok Insta Pump Fury". Clavel Magazine. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Tzvi Twersky (October 23, 2014). "Exclusive Photo and Details About the Reebok x VILLA Pump Question Mid". SLAM Online. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Brian Farmer (October 18, 2014). "Bodega x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary “1989”". Highs Nobiety. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Gavin Yeung (October 26, 2014). "A Closer Look at the Sneaker Politics x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Arby Li (October 22, 2014). "hanon x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ Arby Li (October 20, 2014). "Kasina x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ Arby Li (October 15, 2014). "Titolo x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ Arby Li (October 13, 2014). "24 Kilates x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ Arby Li (September 30, 2014). "Social Status x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. 
  20. ^ Arby Li (September 29, 2014). "atmos x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ Arby Li (September 23, 2014). "Footpatrol x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ Robert Marshall (September 9, 2014). "Major x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ Robert Marshall (September 8, 2014). "mita sneakers x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ James Shorrock (September 2, 2014). "http://hypebeast.com/2014/9/burn-rubber-x-reebok-pump-25th-anniversary". Hype Beast. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  25. ^ "A Closer Look at the INVINCIBLE x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary". Hype Beast. September 2, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  26. ^ Zack Schlemmer (September 16, 2014). "CNCPTS x Reebok Pump". Nice Kicks. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 

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