This week we take a closer look and review the features of another classic, the Reebok Pump Omni Zone II. This sneaker was introduced in 1991 at the time when Reebok was dominating the footwear marketplace in the US. It was designed by Paul Litchfield, a key figure at Reebok who played a pivotal role in the development of the Pump technology, which was incorporated into various models like the Pump Fury, the Shaq Attaq and the Omni Lite.
The Reebok Pump Omni Zone II was notably worn by several NBA players during the early 1990s when it was first released. One of the most prominent athletes associated with this sneaker was Dominique Wilkins, a Hall of Fame basketball player known for his time with the Atlanta Hawks. Another one is Dee Brown from the Boston Celtics who wore it during the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In one of the most memorable moments in dunk contest history, Dee Brown pumped up his Reebok Pump Omni Lite sneakers before attempting a dunk. What made it even more remarkable was that he covered his eyes with his forearm while dunking, creating the illusion of a “no-look” dunk. This innovative and theatrical dunk captivated the audience and judges, earning him the title of Slam Dunk Champion for that year.
The sneaker made a big comeback in 2021 with some OG colorways to celebrate 30 years since its release and several new colorways were introduced in the following years. The pair we came across was the “Wheat” edition released in 2023. When you get these out of the box it’s hard not to feel some nostalgia and anticipation. They feel very stable, durable and accommodating from the get go, while not as cushy as a pair of modern sneakers. If you like a snug fit you can adjust them as you like with the pump system. They are pretty heavy which is not too surprising given their leather upper and high top silhouette. Size 10.5 weighs just above 20oz.
How They Fit
They fit true to size so your usual Reebok size should work. The only time you may want to go half a size up is when you have wide feet. They feel quite comfortable from the get go, without much need to break them in. If you’re not sure about the size you need you can check out our Reebok size chart here.