When future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson arrived in Philadelphia in 1996, he suited up in the 76ers traditional red, white and blue colors en route to Rookie of the Year honors. However, in his second season, the Sixers underwent an image overhaul that included new uniforms and the introduction of black and gold to the team palette. Iverson would go on to wear the new colors for the remainder of his stay in Philly, traded to the Denver Nuggets three seasons before Philadelphia decided to go back to red, white and blue in 2009-2010.
Paying tribute to the legend and his earliest days in Philadelphia, Reebok Classics has released Allen’s Answer IV signature shoe in limited edition “PHILA Pack” colorway.
The shoe Iverson wore during his MVP and NBA Finals campaign in 2000-2001 is available in new red and blue-based colorways, each accented by the other and a contrasting white “wing” detail. Shoes feature leather and suede contraction, along with Iverson-specific details on the insoles and outsoles.
Iverson’s NBA career may be over, but he surely hasn’t been forgotten. Pick up the newest colorways of his classic Reebok basketball shoes today.
Continuing to flash back to Allen Iverson’s historic 2000-2001 season, Reebok Classics has re-issued his Answer IV signature shoe in the original Black/Grey/Red colorway. The shoe was one of A.I.’s primary weapons of choice en route to an MVP and NBA Finals campaign.
The black-based shoe gets a little help from Rivet Grey on the tongue, inner lining, heel, “wings” and midsole. Reflective detailing has also been added to the midsole, while subtle hits of Excellent Red complete the Philly-inspired trio of colors.
Flashing back to the best year in the future Hall of Fame playing career of Allen Iverson, the Reebok Answer IV has returned in the original White/Red colorway. Originally released in 2000, the Answer IV was worn during Iverson’s history MVP and NBA Finals 2000-2001 season.
Often described as the best performance model from Iverson’s Reebok signature line, the Answer IV features a mid-cut design with a leather upper that provides superior comfort, support and long-lasting wear. Foot is locked in with a lace-up front, unique zip-up closure system and a heel pull-tab. Full-length DMX Foam provides cushioning and sits atop a rubber outsole with a lightweight 3D Ultralite bottom.
Iverson’s mantra that he wears on his arm – “Only the Strong Survive” – adorns the outsole of the shoe in the same script as his famous tattoo. An imprint of his face can be found set into the heel, picturing him with cornrows and a headband: his characteristic style circa 2001.
The year was 2001 and Allen Iverson was at the height of his popularity, winning the NBA MVP honors and taking the Philadelphia 76ers to the Finals that year. On his feet for that MVP season were the Answer IV, coincidentally one of the most popular signature models in his long line with Reebok Basketball. With its sleek and sweeping design featuring a zippered lace cover, it was the perfect shoe to compliment AI’s game. The retro release of the Answer IV is now available from Eastbay in its black/white colorway. Pick them up before they are gone again!
On this page we also have Steve Francis’ signature shoe: the Wink DMX. Steve Francis, like Iverson, was one of the most electrifying players of the time. Apparently he thought pretty highly of the Wink (and himself) as you can see with his quote on the page: “The hottest thing to touch the Earth since I was born.” Elsewhere we see an early re-release of Iverson’s always classic Question as well as various other long since forgotten Reebok models like the updated Pump, Flash DMX and Jasper DMX.
Allen Iverson’s first signature model, the Reebok Question, is set to release later this week, but today we’ll check out a page from 2000 full of Iverson gear, along with the Answer IV.
Allen Iverson is the most important player in the history of Reebok Basketball. From the time The Question released in 1996 until Iverson retired, his signature models were always among Reebok’s best selling shoes each year. On this Eastbay page from 2000, we get a look at his fifth signature model, the Answer IV, along with a collection of Iverson street wear. With $600 and $500 leather jackets and $350 pants, this was apparently Iverson’s premium line. Times sure have changed since 2000: you probably wont catch anybody in lambskin tearaway pants nowadays. It’s safe to assume that there weren’t too many orders for most of the high end leather apparel offered on this page, but it’s still fun to take a look back at what was available from Iverson and Reebok only twelve years ago.