Fad-Tastic! Rebook Pumps

    April 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Reebok Pump Sneakers

    There is a reason they are called fads. It’s because they disappeared just as quickly as they blew up in popularity.

    Today’s Subject: Rebook Pump

    The Reebok Pump is a line of athletic shoes popular in the early 1990s. It was the first shoe to have an internal inflation mechanism that regulated a unique fitting cushion. The original Reebok Pump was a collaboration between Reebok’s Paul Litchfield and industrial design firm Design Continuum.

    Here are some things you might not have known about the Reebok Pump:

    The first Pump was released in 1989, as a basketball high-top shoe. The shoe was expensive compared to other retail athletic shoes at the time and became a status symbol of sorts on urban basketball courts and eventually in suburban schools and playgrounds.

    After the success of the basketball shoe, Reebok designed pump shoes for football, tennis, and track.

    Dominique Wilkins wore the Reebok Pump original starting in 1989. The original Pump is now known as the Pump Bringback.

    Dee Brown won the 1991 all star weekend dunk competition while wearing a pair of Pumps.

    WWE Superstar John Cena wears Reebok Pumps as part of his old-school, hip hop gimmick. He often stops to “pump up” when gaining momentum towards the end of matches.

    Rawlings offered a Pump-equipped baseball glove.

    There were two competitors for the Reebok Pumps; one being the LA Gear Regulators and the other the Nike Air Pressure. Later on, Nike would use a similar inflation mechanism in their “Shox” models.

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