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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2013
(Used to be) great shoes, I've worn the same Reebok Classic Leather shoe for years. When I went to buy another pair I could not find these particular Reeboks them in the stores. I ordered from Amazon. I was disappointed with what Reebok has done to the shoe. It looks nearly exactly the same, but the sole is thinner, so they got cheap on themselves, the Reebok company. The previous sole on their Classic Leather Reeboks is quite thick and offers considerable support. Reebok also does not include an insole anymore, which was a thick and very good cushion. The shoe does not feel as supportive as it once did. Before Reebok got stingy with their great shoe, the previous Reeboks felt like firm but incredibly comfortable slippers, just amazing support and comfort, I could stand all day in them which I often did and never ever got sore feet, legs or back, something that used to occur regularly with many average, no cushion shoes out there on the market. Perhaps if I go seek a good insole, it may improve the feel and support of the shoe, but that's a bother, and an expense if one is concerned about getting a really good insole. I don't know if one can order that particular insole from Reebok or not, and it irritates me that I would even have to do that. The shoe is now made in different countries (but not in the U.S.) and there is a slight size differentiation in the shoe. I've always worn 11 1/2 in this shoe but when I received the 11 1/2 it was slightly too small and I had to send the shoes back. Even if it fit properly, I still would have sent them back. Who makes these greedy decisions? Is it some foolish, miserly calculation in the boardroom: Let's see, if we reduce the thickness of the sole on our great shoe, say, 1/4 inch, says Reebok CEO, look at all the money we'd save on rubber with a million million shoes. Then eliminate the insole, we'd save even more. That kind of cold calculation tells me Reebok takes little pride in their product, and their only consideration is the bottom line. Were they making a hefty profit on their classic shoe before they got cheap with it? Of course they were. But with corporate global capitalism the way it is now, greed just encourages greed. It's just never enough, these profits made. It's a sick obsession, and seemingly their only obsession, to see how much profit they can squeeze out of each shoe. Sad, soulless (no pun intended) and unnecessary.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
Almost found out the hard way this is no longer the same shoe I have purchased every 6 months for the last 12 years. It looks the same, but gone is all of the good support that made this shoe so great. I used to love that I could even wear it to work. Cheap quality now. Seriously Reebok, do you really think you can fool your loyal customers with this poor quality. What a shame!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
Like a lot of recent reviewers here, I'm a long-time Reebok customer who's loved this same Reebok Classic Leather Shoe for some 20 years, and have bought new pairs repeatedly. And, also like those reviewers, I was dismayed at the obvious cost-cutting changes that Reebok made to this model: thinner, lighter materials, tighter in the toe box, slightly tighter all around, a somewhat less thick rubber sole and, above all, no more cushioned insole and arches.
(I had bought several pairs of the old version some years ago, and I've only recently worn out my last old pair). Again, I just LOVE this style of shoe: I can work out in them, wear them for casual use, extended walking, and they're unobtrusive enough to even be worn with a dress outfit. With thanks to the past reviewers who detailed all what's wrong with the re-design of this shoe, I had all the information I needed to try a simple solution for the new pair that I ordered: buy one size larger than you usually do, and put in the orthotic, full heel-to-toe insole of your choice.
And this has worked perfectly for me! Not wanting to spend a whole lot of extra money, I found the Dr. Scholl's Work Insoles work just fine to restore the Reebok Classic Leather to its old level of comfort and support. My foot's a size 13, so I don't have to trim the insole at all, and it fits perfectly into the size 14 Reebok that I bought to make room for it).
I'm on my feet on concrete floors 10-12 hours a day and so far, so good. So, this shoe is back to being a Four-Star for me. (One star removed for Reebok making the cost-cutting changes in the first place)!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
I am considered to be a a heavy runner (defined by Runner's World magazine as anyone being over 170 pounds), and in my judgement the Reebok Classic is the single best running shoe ever made, for these three reasons:

01) If you prefer more conservative footwear (which is a polite way of saying you don't want to look like you just graduated from the prestigious Clown School of the Barnum & Bailey Circus).

02) If you prefer the maximum amount of shock absorption underfoot (wearing these shoes is like walking on pillows).

03) If you prefer to wear a running shoe at work (as do many physicians and surgeons, for example).

PLEASE be aware that there are at least TWO versions of the Reebok Classic, the 'old' and the 'new'. It is easy to tell them apart. The 'old' Reebok Classic has the traditional 'waffle' sole pattern, which runs the entire length of the bottom, and is entirely one color. The 'new' Reebok Classic has a 'two-tone' sole pattern, which only runs half the length of the bottom, and consists of two colors, usually black and gray, Unfortunately, the 'new and improved' Reebok Classic is not as good as the original, which is why I just purchased five pairs which pretty much cleaned them out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
Shoe fits fine and apology for previous negative. You guys corrected problem although I had jumped the gun too quickly. Happy camper. Recommend this shoe and Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2015
I have to say great shoes and great customer service. The shoe is beautiful and comferteble, very old school. Love them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2015
Needed a good white shoe for my job as a medical office manager and this fit the bill. Very comfortable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2013
the front part ,most important not is leather ,now have poor quality , I like the old classic reebok kk
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on September 3, 2014
I have purchased this same shoe style for the last 10-15 years. Every year I order the same old Reebok classic. They are worn daily and typically I can wear them for about a year. I have tried other shoes or styles and find they are not comfortable. Amazingly in the morning I must get my Reeboks on for my own comfort. If I don't I find my feet get a little achey. So I call these my foot therapy. Luckily the Reebok classic seems to never go out of style.
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on June 15, 2015
Have had at least ten pairs of Reebok Classic. Since they quit making them in N,M, and W, the fit is no longer as it use to be. I have already gone from a 9 1/2 to a 10 to try to compensate, to no avail. I guess it is time to look for another brand besides Reebok.

I do not believe I am alone as fewer and fewer stores are offering them for sale.

Sincerely,

James K. Buffington
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