Throwback Thursday – Reebok Court Victory Pump “Michael Chang”

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Some of you may know them as the “pumps” or possibly their full name “court victory pumps” but to tennis fans from almost a generation ago, these were frequently referred to as the “Michael Chang’s”.

Just recently tennis fans got to see an incredible final at Wimbledon where Rafael Nadal edged Roger Federer for his first Championship on London grass in a match that lasted nearly 5 hours. While wearing the Pumps 16 years back, Michael Chang edged Stefan Edberg in what was the record setting longest match in the US Open at a gruling 5 hours and 26 minutes. To make the story only perfect, Edberg was the person Chang defeated when he won his first Grand Slam at the French Open at the age of only 17 in 1989. His victory in the French Open was also the first title won by an American since 1955.

Today few remember the great tennis start who wore these kicks while sitting in the top shelf of tennis pros, but its style is the epitome of timeless. The Court Victory Pump sat in archives for more than a decade before returning earlier this decade in 2003. There have been a number of great Court Victory Pumps have Reebok has brought out this decade, but it would be hard to top the Alife x Reebok “Ball Outs.” Just think, how different things would be for Reebok had this shoe never made it out? What if Michael Chang never wore this shoe while at the top of his career? We can speculate forever about all different scenarios or just appreciate for how everything has penned out in history.

Reebok Court Victory Pump “Michael Chang”

Reebok Court Victory Pump “Michael Chang”

Reebok Court Victory Pump “Michael Chang”

Reebok Court Victory Pump “Michael Chang”

Reebok Court Victory Pump “Michael Chang” vs. Alife x Reebok “Ball Out”

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