These Classic Eames Chairs Inspired a Sneaker Collection

published Dec 9, 2022
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For those of you who love mid-century modern furniture, you’re about to be able to wear your favorite interior design aesthetic on your feet. Reebok and Eames Office have teamed up to release three new tennis shoes inspired by the patina and coloring of Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic molded fiberglass chairs.

The shoes in the Reebok x Eames Classic Leather Fiberglass Pack are directly inspired by the 1950s chairs and mimic the chairs’ distinct appearance created by visible strands of raw fiberglass. The sneakers come in three colors — Pink, Sea Foam Green, and Parchment.

The chairs were first released in the Parchment color when first produced in 1950, with Sea Foam Green and Pink following years later.

“It is important to note though that, whilst endearingly irregular, these textural effects were not superficial aesthetic choices,” Eames Demetrios, director of Eames Office, told Dezeen. “Charles and Ray believed that good design was a process of endless problem solving, not a grand decorative flourish.”

The fiberglass chairs were developed by the Eameses after they had pushed plywood to its limit and wanted to find new ways to create modern seating. And their original shell-like design is still being mass produced by Eames and other modern retailers today.

Now your footwear can match your seating in the most beautiful way imaginable.