By the late 1980s, sneakers had become the most baroque and the most discursive accessories in the male wardrobe. A man’s choice of sneaker could instantly convey information about age, sport affiliation, and fashion sensibility. The Reebok Commitment, worn by L.A. Clipper rookie and NCAA champion Danny Manning and featuring bold branding and strong graphic lines, was one such highly expressive shoe. The Velcro instep strap secured the shoe to the foot, while also making it a stylish streetwear choice. The Commitment’s striking design was a key factor in establishing Reebok’s authority in the basketball world.
Reebok / Commitment, 1988 / Reebok Archives / Photo: Ron Wood