Eastbay Memory Lane: The Reebok Kamikaze II

words // Nick Engvall

We’ve covered some of the past Reebok releases in our Eastbay Memory Lane stories before. But with one of the most memorable names in sneaker history returning as the Kamikaze 2011 next month, it seems appropriate to revisit this historic sneaker design. While we did see a couple of colorways of the Reebok Kamikaze and Kamikaze II earlier this year, it wasn’t until the 1996 Eastbay catalogs that the colorways came into full bloom.

By the 1995-1996 season we had already seen Shawn Kemp wearing the original Kamikaze and of course his unforgettable video game inspired commercial, and were anticipating the second coming. Since the white and black colorways, and the Seattle Supersonics inspired white, black and green were seen all season on Kemp’s feet, for myself and many others, it was during the All-Star game in 1996 that we saw the white and navy colorway unveiled by Shawn Kemp that really moved it to the top of the wish list. That, and receiving this very Eastbay catalog, which arrived shortly after the season ended, gave us our first look at the (now elusive) red and black colorway. Without the internet showing sneakers months in advance like it does today, the Eastbay catalog was our “sneak peek” at the colorways we never saw on the NBA courts, and the red and black Kamikaze II was one of those sneakers.

Looking back, you can’t help but notice the Reebok Shaqnosis. Another of Reebok’s long forgotten designs that is well deserving of a retro release. However another of the Reebok Basketball releases was also on many most wanted lists, The Blast. The Blast was one of the first shoes to feature a yin-yang like split colorway where one side was done in black and white, and the other was done in the opposite black and white combination. Not to mention the Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson worn Reebok Rail and matching t-shirt collection.

So which of these would you like to see return as a retro?

Reebok Kamikaze - Eastbay Memory Lane



  • I’ll say it again….Shaqnosis > Life

  • duke4005:

    So So many great shoes on this page – I will take the Axiom, Blast, Shaqnosis, and Kamikaze all at once, now, retro them, please, for all that is good in humanity.

  • Uptwngngstr:

    Kemps kamikazes, the only reeboks I ever loved

  • bbomb:

    yeah, eastbay, get on reebok about some retros already! granted, they don’t have quite the vault Nike and Adidas do, but nearly everything on these pages is worth at least an attempt at bringing back some ‘ol school joints.

  • jr_lyon:

    This is probably one of the greatest eastbay pages ever. Reebok needs to step it up and retro their greats like the other companies have done. Please bring back all Shaq shoes, both Kamiakzes, the Blast and any more like them!

  • airjking:

    this was the one and only year of reebok. the shaqnosis’ and kamikaze II’s are two of the best sneaks of all time. Like i’ve said before, the Shaqnosis is to reebok what the Concord Xi’s are to Jordan. Bring em back and folks would go nuts.

  • Zack:

    I need a time machine, an Eastbay catalog, and a telephone.

  • CharlesT:

    The Shaqnosis is mind-boggling till this day, along with Kemp’s signature and the Blast, Reebok’s line-up was as loaded as it was amazing.

  • 3ong:

    bring back the kamikaze 1’s, those i like.

  • NDP:

    This page is absolutely amazing. The Blast is one of my all-time favorite shoes, and I can’t for the life of me ever find a pair. To this day, there’s no better feeling than wearing an original pair of the Shaqnosis & Kamikaze IIs. Just amazing stuff.

  • Shaqnosis Please!

  • not to be slept on is that shaqnosis short/tank set. *adds to grail list*

  • RobbyQ:

    This is the greatest page of products I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ll take one of everything, Eastbay

  • Charles Christian:


  • JSiK The DJ:

    I still got my Shaqnosis DS

  • Kicksaholic2:

    Bring’em back. pleaz bring them back.

  • Que?:

    Haha, the Shaqnosis were rediculous. Even then I thought so, but the Kamikaze 1’s were the first pair of signature shoes I bought. 5th grade, I loved the Reign Man and his shoes, but those and a few of the Iverson’s are the only Reebok’s that I dug.

  • Sn3aker_H0lic:

    the Shaqnosis need to make a comeback as well as the Kamikaze Mid & Lo!

  • The Shaqnosis should be retro along with the blast and be sure they make a size !5. both sneakers would be hot for the summer.

  • abe:

    Shaqnosis makin a come baack. But what i really want to see is those Big Dog rail mids make a comeback. Glenn robinson was/is so underrated, he had the best mid range jumper I’ve ever seen. BRING BACK THE RAIL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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