Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Basketball Classics From 1996

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Basketball Classics From 1996

words // Zack Schlemmer

Everybody is excited about this year’s re-releases of Reebok Basketball classics like the Kamikaze II and Shaqnosis, but what about these other forgotten gems from this Eastbay page from December 1996? Will they get any love?

To the delight of many sneaker collector’s the new Reebok Classics line has been going strong so far with re-releases of some of Reebok’s favorite models in original colorways like Allen Iverson’s Question and Answer IV, the Twilight Zone Pump and most recently Shawn Kemp’s Kamikaze II.  Shaquille O’Neal’s classic Shaq Attaq and Shaqnosis models are both on the way, as well, later this year.  We are all grateful to finally have a chance to own these 90’s basketball treasures, but this small taste has left many of us now wanting even more!  Perhaps Reebok Classics could use this page for some inspiration?

This page from ’96 is chock-full of awesome Reebok models from right after the time of the iconic Kamikaze II and Shaqnosis.  You’ll see later signature models for both Shawn and Shaq with the Reignman’s Aftershock and the similar Shaq Dunkmob, along with Shaq’s model from right before that: the big and beefy Preacher.  On the bottom half of the page are three more certified classic models featuring the bold designs Reebok was known for with the Icepick, Triple Deuce and Glenn Robinson’s Prophet.

Which of the models on this page would you like to see return in the current Reebok Classics line?

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Kamikaze II Mid & Low

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Kamikaze II Mid & Low

words // Brandon Richard

Now that the Reebok Kamikaze II is back in several original colorways, let’s take a look back at when they originally dropped in 1996.

Here’s a page from a Spring ’96 Eastbay catalog, featuring the Kamikaze II in Mid and Low-cut variations. As you can see, the Black/White and Black/Red colorways that released today are in the mix, along with the green-accented “Seattle” colorway and Shawn Kemp’s White/Navy All-Star shoe.

Not to be overlooked is the polyester Kamikaze shooting shirt and short set, which unfortunately hasn’t been re-released…yet.

Take a trip down Eastbay Memory Lane with us and enjoy this vintage look at the Kamikaze II.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Kamikaze II Mid & Low 

Reebok Classics Kamikaze II Mid – OG Colorways

Reebok Classics Kamikaze II Mid – OG Colorways

Reebok Classics Kamikaze II Mid OG Black White & Black Red (1)

words // Brandon Richard

Flashing back to when “The Reignman” ruled the Emerald City, Reebok Classics re-introduces Shawn Kemp’s Kamikaze II Mid in two original colorways.

Originally released in 1996, the classic model features a unique zig-zag counterblock pattern that helped it stand out on the court. This updated version is made with a durable leather and synthetic upper for a supportive fit, padded insole to increase comfort and a dependable rubber outsole to deliver you traction once made for the court, now updated for streetwear.

Available now are two original colorways, each black-based with contrasting white or red paneling. Grab a pair of these classic Reebok basketball shoes here today.

 

Available: Reebok Kamikaze II Mid

Reebok Classics Kamikaze II Mid OG Black White & Black Red (2)