words // Brandon Richard
This Friday, Reebok will be re-releasing Allen Iverson’s Answer 1 signature shoe in two “What If?” All-Star colorways. Despite averages of 22 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game, Iverson wasn’t selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game, derailing Reebok’s plan to drop his second signature shoe in a special All-Star make-up. However, the brand’s Classics division is persistent, and they’ll be giving us a taste of what could have been with navy and red-based patent styles dropping 15 years later.
With the Answer 1 back for another round, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane focuses on Reebok Basketball 1998, featuring signature models for Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Shawn Kemp.
The Answer 1 is seen in its two primary colorways, worn by Iverson throughout his second season in the league. Equipped with Reebok’s air-transferring DMX 10 cushioning technology, the Answer 1 was thought of as one of the top performance models at the time and is one of the most beloved models in the entire Answer line.
In the summer of 1997, Shawn Kemp was traded from the Seattle Supersonics to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team trade. Kemp laced up several models during his first season with the Cavs, the most popular being the aptly named Shroud, highlighted by a spandex control wrap and 3D Ultralite cushioning.
Shaq would leave Reebok to establish his own Dunkman brand after the 97-98 season, but he spent most of his final year with the brand playing in the often forgotten Shaq Reflection. Again, not a lot of imagination required to figure what this shoe was all about. The mid-top was treated to heavy 3M reflective paneling and a suspended Hexalite cushioning system. As you may know, Shaq recently returned to Reebok for the recent re-releases of the Shaq Attaq and Shaqnosis.
Do you have any memories about these signature shoes or any of the other models featured on this page?