Basketball / 03.14.11

Eastbay Memory Lane: Reebok Basketball 1995

words // Nick Engvall

This week’s Eastbay Memory Lane post takes a look at a few of the Reebok basketball shoes from 1995. The unforgettable Reebok Kamikaze and Reebok Kamikaze II, made famous by Shawn Kemp of the Seattle Supersonics, were some of the craziest designs to ever hit the NBA hardwood back then. The Kamikaze and Kamikaze II were also some of the most successful shoes Reebok ever created without Pump technology thanks to Shawn Kemp playing in them during the 1995 and 1996 All-Star Games.

One shoe that might have gone overlooked back then was the Reebok Swingman, worn by Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. The Swingman might not have been the most sought-after shoe back then, or even today, but it was one of the early options for personalization of your shoes. Sure, it was just a panel set aside for you to write your number on it with a Sharpie, but what other choices were there back then? As we all know, nowadays nearly every footwear company has some form of personalized shoes available.

What do you think was a bigger impact on sneaker culture, the Kamikaze, or the customizable number panel?

Reebok Kamikaze and Reebok Kamikaze II - Shawn Kemp 1995Reebok Basketball 1995 - Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues

Author: Nick Engvall
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17 Comments

  1. doodimeazy says:

    Kamikazes probably look real mean under the jean

  2. Charles Christian says:

    PLEASE BRING EM BACK,HIGHS,MIDS,AND ESPECIALLY THE LOWS,AND THE KAMIKAZES AND THE SWINGMANS

  3. KLAP215 says:

    Iversonsa Qustions are the best reebok b ball shoe!

  4. Brock says:

    had the kamikazes and the mids .. still in storage somewhere but beat

  5. Krazypimpaire says:

    Bring the Kamikaze’s back reebok please!!!

  6. jrlpreacher says:

    Total nostalgia. I remember them both. I was in the 11th grade. Man where does the time go. Kemp was my favorite player back then. His vertical was ridiculous.

  7. duke4005 says:

    Reebok then was on par with Nike on every level. Such a good time to be a ball player with all the options. Need to get back to this level of competition between brands, and then watch the innovation grow.

  8. Kicksaholic2 says:

    This is back when Reebok was nice. Come on Reebok, make a move!

  9. Edward Wright says:

    Go up one year and bring back the space jams, #11Jordans plz I been looking all over for them.

  10. futbol3ro says:

    wish i could cop me another pair of those kamikaze II’s. enjoyed balling in those way back in college when it came out.

  11. gtxyuci says:

    Need Those Kamikazes. RBK needs to retro some of there shoes.

  12. Charles Christian says:

    I HAVE TO AGREE WITH KICKSAHOLIC2 REEBOK,YOU ALL NEED TO MAKE A BIGTIME MOVE FOR REAL,BRING BACK RETRO’S LIKE THE KAMIKAZE&SWINGMAN,MAKE SOME MIDS AND LOW CUTS AS WELL SINCE HIGH TOPS AREN’T MADE ANYMORE,REEBOK IS MY FAVORITE BRAND,BUT MY FAVORITE BRAND NEEDS TO MAKE A POWER MOVE

  13. UKjordan says:

    Those Kamikaze definately need to come back!
    One of the best features on here are these memory lanes (for us old guys lol!)

  14. SB says:

    LOL!! “Can be customized with your number with any pernament marker”

  15. Matt Fondati says:

    Greets from Germay,

    I was in the States 1995, bought there some Reebok basketball sneakers. I’m looking for them, pics or these shoed. They were black (smooth leather) and white (harder leather). Pump (symbol) was black & white. on both sides on that shoe were holes (cutouts). Do you know them?
    Greetings

    Matt

  16. jwoods says:

    Ive read a blog that Kamakaze1 mids will return later this year!

  17. BRich says:

    jwoods – that’s true!