There is a moment in every culture when you know the old order has changed and a paradigm shift is in the works. In the NBA, this shift has manifested itself numerous times. Jordan’s 61 point playoff explosion against the Celtics was a harbinger of things to come. Ironically, a decade later, Air Jordan was on the receiving end of one.
A much less-tattooed and pre cornrowed rookie Allen Iverson hit Mike with a double crossover and a fade away that left His Airness wobbly-legged and signaled the coming of a new age. Iverson brought the funk to the NBA and Hip-Hop to the public consciousness via sports in a way that no one else could. The kicks he wore, the Reebok Questions, not only made Reebok a viable player after their mini Pumpmania subsided, but went on to become one of the most popular pairs of sneakers ever.
While Jordan has been milking his old shoes every year with retro packages, the Questions Iverson wore when he rocked Mike to sleep were never re-released. Originally released in 1996, the Question would become one of the best-selling Reebok sneakers ever created and a staple of nearly every “Top Sneaker” list. The shoe featured a full-grain leather upper and a pearlized outsole. But, perhaps the most unique design detail was the honey-comb shaped Hexalite cushioning system alongside the shoe marking the first time Reebok’s technology would be blown out to the midsole. Considered the most popular model in Iverson’s signature Reebok line, the Question is a classic “must have” for sneaker collectors and basketball fans alike.
On May 25th, Reebok will have a one time of the original white/red Question Mid with pearlized toe. This is a limited time release, after which the iconic shoe goes back into the Reebok Vault. While the nubuck toe version has been re-released in the past, this is the FIRST time Reebok has re-released the Question with the pearlized toe since its original launch in 1996.
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