2 Oct 2013
Another post on the trainer front today, this time coming from the Surfwear aficionados and all round easy-living folk at Reef* clothing. Reef is a proper blast from the past for me, they're a brand that I was always aware of when I was growing up and even something I wore without realising.
My mum would buy me big baggy t-shirts and patterned shorts from Reef and other skate/surf brands, to make sure I looked the part when I was pretending to be a skater. Ok technically she chose the wrong sport in surfwear but the thought was sweet. It worked too, I felt like the coolest 11 year old on the block, off I went with my surf's-up-dude clothing, rollerblades and my 5-strong crew of pals, ready to conquer the local skatepark. It was meant to be all about the skating but I was never that good at it. I did a lot of standing around, trying to look aloof in the hope that someone would think, "hey he's pretty cool." That's all I wanted but in reality it didn't work, an 11 year old Northern kid can try and look like Weezer till the cows come home, but never going to happen.
Fast forward a few years and it turns out Reef are still producing really wearable casual surf clothing. As well as both men's and women's apparel the brand have shifted focus onto their footwear. With styles ranging from simple canvas lace-ups and slip-on deck shoes to the Hawaiian print Cruisers, the more refined full grain leather Reef Cloudbreak and even trying their hand at a smarter alternative with the Reef Kudu desert boot. Above are a few of my favourite styles from their current AW range, you can just tell their insoles would be a dream to walk on.
For more information visit Reef.com