Though parent label adidas joined forces with comparatively established brands for Spring/Summer 2020, Reebok aligned itself with several emerging designers to issue a slew of “Prototype” runners. Designed in partnership with COTTWEILER, Angus Chiang and XIMONLEE, three distinct silhouettes emerged in a brief assortment of colorways.
XIMONLEE‘s “Trial Hydrex” sneaker is the tallest of the bunch, taking the form of a scuba boot fused to a trail runner. Executed in all-black, the sneaker blends together various elements of archival Reebok sneakers to create a unique silhouette that Reebok promises will “evolve in multiple stages” down the road. Meanwhile, COTTWEILER’s “3D Storm” is a prototype that utilizes Reebok’s cutting edge Energy-Return sole unit. Designed to help runners rebound from each step without sacrificing vitality, the serrated sole is joined to a transparent ripstop upper developed by COTTWEILER, offered in blue or red hues.
Finally, Angus Chiang introduces an entirely different Energy-Return silhouette, stacking layers of mesh, leather and suede atop each other in a deluge of color. Branded straps across the midfoot lock the wearer’s foot in place while lightweight mesh promises seasonal breathability. Each of the three iterations boasts distinctive detailing, be it metallic panels or translucent midsoles, retaining only the core shape and strap details.
Expect Reebok to break down release information for all the models next year.