Reebok is celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Stepover, one of the most iconic moments in NBA Finals history, with a special re-issue of the shoe Allen Iverson was wearing that night built to its exact original specs- the Reebok Answer IV “Stepover”. Premier Philadelphia sneaker boutique Lapstone & Hammer is celebrating in style with an exclusive early release on Saturday May 29th both in-store and online, ahead of Reebok’s global release on June 4th.

June 6th 2001, Game 1 of the NBA Finals, under a minute left in overtime. Allen Iverson just crossed up then-Lakers backup point guard and now current Clippers head coach, Tyronn Lue, to free enough space to sink a 20 foot jumper that put Philly up by 4 and gave Iverson 48 points in the game. Turning to run up court, A.I. was met by a prone Lue, who had fallen to the ground after contesting the shot. What happened next would become one of the most famous – and misunderstood – actions in NBA history. Iverson appeared to glare down at Lue and emphatically step over him on his way back up court. When Marv Albert, in his inimitable style, yelled out on the TV broadcast, “He steps over Lue!” an historic moment was born. But it’s an image that the man himself would like to be left in the past. “I don’t like it,” Iverson said on the All The Smoke podcast in 2020. “Because I love him. I don’t like people joking on him because that’s my man. Me and him were big-time enemies when we played against each other; now we’re the best of friends.” Iverson states that there was no disrespect or malice in his action, “What’s so crazy is that I don’t know how it happened… like the moment and the feeling, like when I stepped over him, I didn’t know I did it. You don’t know the emotions in the game or what goes on… that moment, yeah it was dope when you look back on it, but I don’t like it.”

Releasing alongside the shoe is a collaboration Lapstone did with the multi-disciplined artist, Austen AG: the Austen AG x Lapstone “Stepover” capsule. Austen is best known for his concept of re-imagining iconic moments in sports through his unique skill and perspective. The capsule features a black tee shirt and black shorts printed with a reinterpreted image of The Stepover moment that replaces the bodies of AI and Ty Lue with their skeletal forms.

To model the shoes and the capsule, Lapstone recruited a longtime friend and former collaborator of Allen’s: rap legend Jadakiss. Kiss famously starred in two iconic Reebok commercials with AI for the Answer 5 and 6 that stand out for the black and white cinematography and Jada’s custom raps. The Reebok Answer IV “Stepover” 20th Anniversary Edition and the Austen AG x Lapstone “Stepover” capsule will be available on Saturday, May 29th only at Lapstone & Hammer @ 10:00am in-store & online.

images: Evan Kaucher

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