"History will tell you Marie-José Pérec represented France as a track star on the international stage. But this shoe tells the story from the beginning on her home island of Guadeloupe, “Gwada.”
The Caribbean inspired the colors—neutrals for light sun-soaked buildings and vibrant accents for the fashion. Three gold stars honor the medals she won in Barcelona and Atlanta for the 400 and 200 meters. But my favorite part is the graphic of Marie-José on the label. In the 90s, the Reebok Star Crest featured a male runner. I wanted to flip who we picture as elite athletes and celebrate Marie-José as a champion.
“Ce qui ne vous tue pas vous rend plus fort” embroidered across the heels comes from an ad she starred in. It means “what does not kill you makes you stronger.” That’s POWERFUL. Anyone can identify with this shoe, so I hope her story inspires and opens the eyes of a new generation."
Danny Finocchio, Shoe Designer