Crime of Fashion: Reebok’s Freestyle Hi Wrapping Paper Sneakers


As a fully paid-up member of the anti-trainers league, I was never going to like Reebok’s 25th Anniversary Freestyle Hi Tops. What I didn’t realise, however, is that I would dislike them so very much. I mean, they’ve called them "Wrapping Paper Sneakers" because they look like they’ve been covered in wrapping paper. Lots of different types of wrapping paper. But who does that? Who seriously wants to walk around looking like they stuck random bits of brightly coloured paper to their feet? Or let a small child loose on their trainers with some crayons?

And here we get to the crux of the matter. Like Crocs and dungarees before them, these are items of clothing that are really only suitable for those under the age of five. Adults have no business wearing things like this. Unless, of course, the adult in question actually does work as a clown, in which case they have our blessing. 


  • January 11, 2008


    The Reebok Freestyles rock. And they’re… not serious.

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  • January 13, 2008

    Adrienne Rose

    Eh, they’re cute for what they are. I’m not a big fan of trainers myself so I don’t think I should have a say.

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  • January 14, 2008


    I think these are brilliant who wants to just fade into a crowd. Brighter the better.

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  • January 16, 2008


    well i like them. though i am offended by the clown comment too. otherwise on this page you are generally right.. but these are cool.

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  • January 19, 2008


    Sure, freestyles are not for every woman, but are delicate and feminine – Not cloddy and over-sized tissue boxes that make your feet look like you belong on sesame street. I love them, not just for the look, but the comfort. And guys tell me the love them too (always wearing mine), and I always ask why, most popular answer – because somehow they say they can see if you’ve got ugly feet or not – eh? Either way, I love them – so don’t hate them just because you didn’t have a good time in the 80’s.

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