I am a huge fan of Reebok’s Ventilator line and especially the Supreme version, which was always the top tech runner to come from the Reebok design minds since the begging of the 90’s, well at least till the Insta Pump Fury came out in 94
In last couple of years Reebok are heavily invested in the collaboration market with almost all of their classic models, from the original Pump High, trough the original Ventilator and Question. Naturally after the release of the original colorways last year, Reebok had a plan to start producing some more collabs with their top partners for the first generation of the Ventilator Supreme as well. One of the most iconic NYC based store, Extra Butter is one of the first to create their own version and the theme they chose for it is the NHL New York Islanders inspired pair.
According to Extra butter – “Following the success of 2015’s “Street Meat” Ventilator, this spring Extra Butter joins Reebok in partnering up with one of New York sports great franchises, the New York Islanders. Celebrating the New York Islanders inaugural season in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Extra Butter created a project that uses Reebok’s heritage running shoe, the Ventilator Supreme. “As die hard Islanders fans, we were excited for the team’s move into Brooklyn and wanted to share our passion with existing fans, while speaking to new fans with a design that tells the story of the New York Islanders dynasty.” – Jason Faustino (Extra Butter Co-owner/Creative Director)The “Dynasty” Reebok Ventilator Supreme features details that are part of the iconography of the New York Islanders. Along with the team’s official logo, NHL logo, the shoe boasts quality footwear material such as premium suede and perforated leather mixed with hockey equipment features, such as ballistic nylon and hockey skate laces. The colorway points to the Islanders jersey designs throughout their history, also shown in the traditional jersey color blocking stripes on the mudguard. The design also pays homage to the team’s dynasty years. In a feat that has yet to be repeated across any major league sport, The New York Islanders won 4 Stanley Cup championships in a row, represented by the 4 Reebok logo stripe pieces in 3m reflective silver and with the years 1980-1983 seen embroidered on the heel. There is also a “740” label hidden inside the tongue, an homage to the late Al Arbour, the team’s dynasty-era, Hall of Fame head coach’s win total.
Again we can expect top notch genuine materials and great craftsmanship from this collaboration, just like all the previous ones and especially the Street Meat.
The Extra Butter x NY Islanders x Reebok Ventilator Supreme will release March 18th &19th at both Extra Butter locations and its online shop, $135 in sizes US Mens 4.5 – 13.
Source – Extra Butter NY