9th July 2011 00:59This is purely an informational/reference thread (though if you have any questions or memories or photos to share, I'm interested!). Some people are as familiar with these, if not much more so, than I am. This is for those who want to know, but don't. This is also for anyone who has more models to show us all, or who just want to show off their Reebok hi tops from this mid-to-late 80's era.
When people talk about those old-school men's Reebok high tops from before the Pump era, what they're usually talking about is the BB series that became available starting in 1986. There was the BB4600 (most popular), the BB5600 (sometimes seen on pro basketball courts), and the BB6600 (most expensive and uncommon).
Here are some photos of the original BB4600:
And the original BB5600:
And the original BB6600:
Those were the Original Three, so to speak. Later in the 80's, though, Reebok released a few more models with the same general look, and only slight modifications. Some examples of these are:
And the BB5900:
There were probably more, but these are the ones I'm familiar with that used that same general silhouette, with the exception of the BB7600 (or "Alien Stomper"), but those are a whole different class of shoe altogether, as they were fashioned after the shoes Ripley wore in the original Alien movies. Here's a stitch-by-stitch color-by-color rerelease of the '86 shoe that was released last year as part of Reebok's 25th anniversary celebration:
The BB7600 wasn't the only Reebok rereleased this past year. Reebok has been slowly rereleasing the BB4600, BB5600, and BB6600 models as well, although only the BB6600 model has been rereleased in the original white/blue and white/red colorways. The rest have all been new colorways inspired by the originals.
And finally, I made a YouTube video a week ago showing examples of the rereleases of the Three Originals which can be viewed here:
And that about covers it! If you made it this far, then hello to another fellow Reebok high-top fan, and I hope that some of this helped someone out there somewhere!