Reps is a term often heard within the sneaker community. Short for "replica shoes," reps refers to footwear designed to replicate the design aesthetics and quality of high-end branded sneakers but at an unaffordably lower cost point.
REPS shoes can be found at street markets worldwide and range in quality from decent knockoffs to noticeable differences from their original versions. Telltale signs include poor stitching patterns, cheap materials and incorrect branding and labeling as well as missing the subtle design nuances and details unique to each brand.
Reps are usually produced through 3D printing or mold-making - a process which takes an existing shoe and creates a silicone or plastic mold of it to insert desired materials. While these shoes remain popular among those seeking the look and style of designer footwear without paying their premium prices, certain key factors should be kept in mind before purchasing any type of rep.
Individuals should evaluate the materials and build quality of shoes before buying to ascertain whether or not they meet their needs and budget. Furthermore, purchasing non-authentic footwear may be illegal in certain jurisdictions but is ultimately up to each person themselves as to which type best meets their personal values and needs.