We're approaching the one-year anniversary of Gary Warnett's unexpected and tragic death. Warnett was one of the most respected voices in footwear journalism, and his passing prompted tributes by Supreme and Nike in the shape of a box logo tee and the special-edition Air Span "GW" for friends and family.
Now, Reebok has unveiled its own tribute: the Gary Warnett Reebok Ripple OG. The sneaker was designed by Simone Smyth, a close friend of Warnett’s, who drew from her relationship with Gary as inspiration for the design.
The attention to detail is second to none. A “BEDFORD” print on the insole honors Warnett’s UK hometown, while the prison arrows on the shoe’s upper are a nod to Warnett's own Reebok Classic Leather from 2013. An icy ripple outsole and Moomin design (which was the header of his GWARIZM blog) complete the look.
As was the case with previous tributes to the late sneaker journalist, the sneaker will be gifted to his friends and family, and not made available to the public.
In a press release, Smyth shared the story of her design. “Mubi Ali advised on the leather and the tonal changes of the ice sole. They were close friends and worked together side by side for years," she says. "My insight of Gary’s thought process, coupled with Mubi’s knowledge of what Gary liked made for a smooth transition of ideas. In the end, I used Gary’s own 2013 Reebok Classic CL Leather as a reference point and decided to flip it.”
“I used Gary’s own 2013 Reebok Classic CL Leather as a reference point and decided to flip it,” she continues before adding “For the commemorative friends and family Ripple, I decided to switch the silo. The reasoning behind choosing a workout ripple is due to Gary’s appreciation and interest in the UK House and Garage scene – in London, the Ripple was a staple. I flipped the shoe to white leather, with white embroidered arrows, while paying homage to the black arrows under the ice outer sole – an ode to Gary’s 2013 edition.”
Both Warnett’s nephew, Sam, and his dog Molly are featured in the imagery shot by Magdi Fernandes above.
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