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)

Eastbay Memory Lane: The Reebok Kamikaze II

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


Eastbay Memory Lane: Reebok Basketball 1995

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