Your ability to identify the brand of shoe that made an impression will depend on the quality of the print. Partial shoe prints may not include identifying markers, and thin treads do not show up well in most shoe impressions. Treads also get worn over time, distorting their patterns. Reebok tread patterns vary in design. The shoe manufacturers come up with new fashions and styles constantly. Knock-offs, counterfeits and shoe companies that sell their tread patterns to other shoe companies make the shoe print identification process more difficult. Doing some footwork online and in person may provide an answer.
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Things you need
- Camera or plaster of Paris
- Reebok shoes
Look for the Reebok logo or symbols on the shoe print. This will appear as Reebok, DMX, Rbk or the logo, one diagonal line over two sloping lines that come together at a point on top.
Preserve the shoe print by taking pictures, sketching it or making a mould by pouring plaster of Paris into the shoe impression.
Compare your shoe print to any Reebok shoes that you and your friends own.
Take a copy of the shoe print to stores that carry Reebok. Ask the salespeople if they recognise the shoe print and compare it against the treads of shoes in the store.
Compare your mystery shoe impression against pictures of shoe treads displayed at online shoe-buying sites or on shoe company websites.
Submit your shoe print to a online service such as Crime Shoe (see Resources). For a fee, Crime Shoe will search its database and inform you of any matches.
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