As the bright and cheery, operators are standing by call now, volume and hold mousse 1980s gave way to the flannel flying, greasy haired disaffection of the alternative ‘90s, the tennis club and the aerobics studio were no longer the places to be. Enter the Reebok Beatnik, a mule sandal applying Reebok’s performance and style to a look ready for Lollapalooza and Lilith Fair. (Being on your feet for eight hours in 90-degree heat to watch Jane’s Addiction and Liz Phair may not have been a traditional athletic pursuit, but it definitely made its own physical demands.)
During its original run, the Beatnik was a firm favorite in forward thinking, Japanese fashion circles; now, this daring mix of minimalist chic and in your face boldness makes its triumphant return. A cordura nylon, closed-toe upper, aggressive tread pattern sole, and straps at the heel and midfoot offers a dynamic take on bohemianism. If you missed these the first time around because you were playing with devil sticks, don't make the same mistake twice. (We assume you won't though. Where do you even buy devil sticks in 2020?)
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