Sneaker Politics x Reebok NPC UK "Storyville"
Sneakers Published: May 18, 2016 Updated: February 19, 2019  |  WORDS: Hana Kim

Sneaker Politics x Reebok NPC UK “Storyville”

The Sneaker Politics x Reebok NPC UK “Storyville” pays homage to one of New Orleans’ infamous neighborhoods.

There’s nothing quite like drawing inspiration from history, and the Sneaker Politics x Reebok NPC UK “Storyville” is a shoe that presents an interesting, perhaps little-known piece of New Orleans’ past.

The Reebok x Sneaker Politics NPC UK “Storyville” is modeled after the sights found in the former red-light district of Storyville in New Orleans, Louisiana. The sixteen-block area operated from 1897 to 1917 as an illegal prostitution zone under the nose of the government.

As such, the sneaker’s aesthetics reference the interior design elements of the area’s whorehouses. The shoes feature a premium, quilted red leather upper and red-on-red paisley patterns on the insoles, akin to the velvet walls lining the district’s seedy dwellings.

Gum rubber outsoles and glossy D-ring lace eyelets are also a part of the ensemble, giving the classic Reebok silhouette an interesting finish.

Retailing at US$110, the Sneaker Politics x Reebok NPC UK “Storyville” will be available online at Sneaker Politics on 21st May.

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