If you tuned in to the WearTesters Snapchat and socials a few nights ago you saw that we stopped by the Renarts x Reebok Classics LX8500 release party. It was a party. Beer pong, great records, foosball (got my ass whooped, shouts to the king), chill people, sneakers. And there was cause for celebration: this was Renarts’ very first footwear collab (and most certainly not its last).
Sister shop to New York’s Extra Butter, Renarts had to come out swinging — and it did. The inspiration for the collab goes past simply celebrating the championship win of the 1986 Mets; it reminds us of how wild, talented, and fractured that team was.
The ‘Dead End Kids’ isn’t just a nostalgia-themed collab because there is actual design at play with this sneaker. Speaking with Justin, manager at Renarts, shed more light on the execution of this LX8500; the removal of the iconic Reebok logo was done to showcase all the panels lathered in premium leather, and the silhouette’s traditional paneling lent itself to colorful toeboxes. After hearing about the work that went into this project I can’t wait to see what the shop does next.
On the 30th anniversary since the infamous “Dead End Kids” World Series, the Renarts x Reebok LX8500 is available now in US sizes 6 to 13 for $130. The entire apparel collection is also available. To check out the kicks and the garments click here.
Big thank you to Justin and the entire Renarts team for having us out. Images shot by @B3nBerry, thank you my man. As always, sound off in the comments below.