To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Reebok Pump Omni zone 2 II , the brand is going to be reintroducing this classic shoe that was made famous by Dee Brown during the 1991 dunk contest. I would be lying to you if I told you that I recall Dee Brown pumping his shoes prior to taking off to deliver his No -Look dunk. At the time when this historic event was taking place , I was 10 years old and had no interest in sneakers, and was only worried about playing soccer outside with my friends. I didn’t get into basketball until 1996 during the Bulls second run for the three peat. I remember spotting a pair of used Reebok pump Omni zone from a street vendor and couldn’t afford it. So these are the kind of memories these shoes bring back. Reebok released the Omni Lite Pumps and they were always going on sale via retailers a few years ago. I remember picking up a handful of pairs for right around $49.99. With the resurgence of the 90’s theme, the nostalgia has caused old sneakerheads to want to reignite some of their passions and it’s definitely fitting for Reebok to bring this model back.
Eric Cohen is the inventor of the Reebok Pump technology which he introduced officially in 1988; it consisted of inflatable chambers that would pump up for a custom fit. I was fortunate enough to have a quick exchange with Eric on Sunday November the 17th, 2019. He contacted me because I mistakenly attributed his work to another individual. I apologized for my gaffe and was able to find a post Eric shared on linkedin about the Reebok Pump, see quote below
In 1988-89, as a 25 year old engineer, I worked closely with Andrew Jones to develop the Reebok PUMP. (Years later Reebok was purchased by addidas)The shoe was first available in US stores in November 1989. We worked crazy hours along with some great people at Reebok here in Massachusetts, and at the factories in South Korea. Leading up to the February Supershow (a footwear tradeshow in Atlanta), I was in Korea making final preparations. Who knew it would be so successful! Here’s a shot of my paper diary I have had saved away. More pix and stories to follow…
The shoes come in a black and white color combination with orange accents; they feature tumbled leather panels and a durable soft leather from the tongue to the perforated toe box. Reebok logos appear stitched up near the quarter panel in white and orange; additional logos can be seen on the outside of the tongue and a Hexalite logo overlays the back area.
We can’t talk about the Reebok Pump Omni Zone 2 II without mentioning what made the shoes iconic, the pump technology on the tongue- it was built to provide an adjustable/custom fit to the athlete and was equipped with an “air” release button on the side ( this was a revolutionary technology in the early 90’s). Another notable tech that was featured on the shoes was the Hexalite cushioning system:
a lightweight, honeycomb material engineered to improve shock absorption in areas of maximum pressure; the Hexalite material is more lasting than the EVA material and supposedly absorbs 23% more energy than the EVA foam.
Additional features include a padded heel collar for a comfortable fit with a durable rubber outsole with herringbone threads for incredible traction on the court.
Product Information/ Where To Buy
Reebok Pump Omni Zone 2 II ‘Dee Brown’
- Release Date: 2021-03-04
- Style Code:G57539
- Color:Black / Ftwr White / Wild Orange
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