Reebok Classics

I’m not sure how people do this. By “this”, I mean NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. The NBA’s showcase event is already packed with events, parties, and launches in an ordinary year, but combine that with the pageantry of New Orleans culture that is unlike anything else in America – or the world for that matter – and you’ve got a weekend where sleep is entirely optional.

So of course it only makes sense that my first All-Star experience as a member of the media and not just some dork on the outside looking in would take place in New Orleans. As a guest of Reebok Classics, it was a weekend that was unforgettable in every sense. It’s no surprise that Classics’ standing in the American sneaker world is far from what the rest of the world – especially in Europe – perceives them, so this was their chance to really shine a spotlight to the audience as to what they’re doing and why it matters. Time will tell if revivals of the Club C, collaborations with Teyana Taylor, and retros from Shaq are what the brand needs, but for now let’s look back and rewind the weekend that was, starting when I landed at Louis Armstrong International Airport (on the short list for best name for an airport ever) on Thursday night.


Thursday, February 16

So the night began with Curren$y and Reebok Classics holding an event to help launch the Jet Life x Club C inside Sneaker Politics. The collaboration embodies the rapper’s roots and his sense of style and humor, as evidenced by the green suede upper and hidden stash pocket in the tongue. What someone might slip inside that pocket is their business, but I imagine it’s clutch for certain situations.

Anyways, Curren$y was just one of the many local faces that would dominate the New Orleans over the next few days. I got to see a lot of that local flavor between this concert and banger by Atlanta’s own Young Jeezy at the Jordan Brand space located literally across the street. Seeing them side-by-side is like seeing the Xbox and Playstation booths right next to each other at E3 every year, bizarre yet fun at the same time. Since I got in late on Thursday, I had a few minutes to kill before getting into my room, so I stepped out into the famed Bourbon Street – a block away from our hotel – and it basically confirmed everything I had seen on TV and the movies. This was the scene on Thursday night Friday morning, I can only imagine what was going to happen over the next few days.


Friday, February 17

At noon, we were scheduled to have lunch with James Hardaway, longtime designer at Reebok Classics. But before that, I got my tourist on in New Orleans and went around Jackson Square to the famed Cafe Du Monde and got me some world famous beignets. Sure, there were beignets on literally every corner but it was the effort and the line I had to suffer through to get the best.

Our lunch with Hardaway at Lüke in New Orleans had us talking with Hardaway and his time with Reebok. A longtime employee of the brand, Hardaway told us a life’s worth of stories and anecdotes that includes a lot of familiar names to sneakerheads like Shaq, Shawn Kemp, and Allen Iverson, but the focus was on the brand’s other claim to fame and that’s their association with many of hip-hop’s biggest names. From Jay Z to 50 Cent to Pharrell to Kanye West and now Kendrick Lamar, so many icons have at one point or another worked with Classics in some capacity. But since we were in New Orleans, we had to talk about Hardaway’s relationship with the Cash Money crew, specifically Juvenile and Mannie Fresh. Reebok unearthed some classic footage for us to check out when Hardaway came down to show them some love with exclusive versions of the Classic Leather and other sneakers. Now the “I Got That Fire” video has a whole meaning for us.

Later that night, it was back to Sneaker Politics to check out a Hot Boyz-inspired Workout Low collaboration that featured an appearance by the two OGs Mannie Fresh and Juvenile. If you were in middle school or high school when these two were coming up in the late ’90s and 2000s this was a special treat. Later on, we got to talk both of them about their sneaker tastes and their history with the brand, complete with an appearance by James Hardaway in the back as well.

BTW, I’m not the only person who noticed that Mannie Fresh hasn’t aged a damn day in over 15 years, right?

After the event, we had dinner at a great restaurant off Bourbon Street and hung out at some bars that really highlighted the New Orleans experience for me. While Bourbon is for the tourists, it’s the spots in Decatur and farther away that let us see the people of the city and rich music scene. I’d also show you what happened after I was whisked away by some people at (retailer redacted) but this is a family blog.


Saturday, February 18

So that happened.

Sadly, I couldn’t stay for all of Saturday’s Classics festivities, but I was able to check out Shaquille O’Neal’s appearance at Politics as he helped launch the newest Shaq Attaq colorway the Alma Matter. Yeah, LSU Tiger fans will appreciate that tribute and it’s awesome that Shaq was able to be a part of the launch in Louisiana, but let’s be real here, that’s a Lakers colorway, yo.

Unfortunately, real life responsibilities prevented me from staying for what would have been an epic Saturday night (judging by the snaps and pictures I saw from friends who stayed), but there’s enough memories made – some of which I can never tell – that were undeniably classic.

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Allen Iverson never changed. Yes, he evolved his look from the baby-faced kid who was the chosen one by the Philadelphia 76ers into the fierce warrior that played every game like it was his last, but the underdog fire was always there. He wasn’t afraid to take the path less chosen because he wanted to stay true to his character and what he knew, for better or worse. Now, one of those moments that we would qualify as “better” was when he signed with Reebok. We did not know it then, but we were looking at one of the most iconic and timeless sneakers ever made with the debut with the Reebok Question.

In celebration of the basketball iconoclast’s Hall of Fame induction tomorrow and his signature line’s 20th anniversary, Reebok will be honoring the legacy of Iverson the man and the Question in a big way. So let’s take a look back with our countdown of the Top 20 Reebok Question Colorways.

UNDFTD x Reebok Reebok Question

UNDFTD x Reebok Question 1
Complex

If you’ve never seen or held a pair of the 2006 UNDFTD x Reebok Question, this is what it says on the tongue:

There’s gonna be a million people that love Allen Iverson. There’s gonna be a billion people that hate Allen Iverson. Concentrate on the ones that care about you and keep steppin’.

If you take out “Allen Iverson” and replace it with “this crazy-ass shoe” it would have the same effect. So instead of embracing the hate or the love for this shoe, I’m just gonna keep on steppin’ and movin’ on to the next pair on this list.

SNS x Reebok Question The Crocus

SNS x Reebok Question The Crocus
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Now before you LA fans out there think that “Crocus” is some fancy foreign word for “Lakers”, understand that this collaboration was actually inspired by the Crocus flower that is one of the first spring Swedish flowers to bloom every year. That being said, this is the perfect shoe to rock with a matching Lakers Starter nylon jacket. Just be prepared to answer any questions (pun not intended) about the shoe if you happen to be on your way to the Staples Center.

Reebok Question Michigan State

Reebok Question Michigan State
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One of the Question’s finest on-court moments took place in 2000 when Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson and the rest of the “Flintstones” led the Michigan State Spartans to an NCAA Championship while rocking this White/Forest Green colorway. The pair got the retro treatment in 2015 to much acclaim as you can never go wrong with a classic, clean look.

Reebok Question Low Carolina Blue/Navy

Reebok Question Low Carolina Blue/Navy
Suplex Philadelphia

Despite being the rare mid-cut signature shoe that can look just as good in low-cut form, the Question Low has seen more than its share of crappy colorways through the years. This is not one of them. I’ve seen and heard a lot of snarky Smurf jokes about these, but this colorway dropped at a time when we were mostly used to seeing the Question’s upper in either white or black. Way to Smurf it up, Reebok, and I mean that as a compliment.

Karmaloop x Reebok Question Royalty

Karmaloop x Reebok Question Royalty
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I thought these were a Nick Engvall exclusive when I first saw them. After finding out these were a Karmaloop collab, I kinda wish my initial thought was true instead.

Reebok Question Georgetown

Reebok Question Georgetown
Reebok

It’s a small shame that we will never see Georgetown rock these kicks because they are Nike/Jordan through and through, so sneakerheads can take solace in being able to rep AI’s alma matter in the kicks he made famous in the NBA. Yankee fans can even claim this pair for themselves, which makes sense because those actual tribute pairs Reebok dropped a few years back? Yeah, not so much.

Reebok Question Black/Gold

Reebok Question Black Gold
Footaction

This colorway has seen a handful of iterations through the years and for good reason. The black and gold just blend into the silhouette and shine especially when you look at the Hexalite’s honeycomb pattern on the midsole. A classy look for a classy shoe that works for any situation on or off the court.

Reebok Question White/Light Blue

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It’s a bummer we didn’t get to see most of AI’s numerous Denver Nuggets-themed Question player exclusives hit the shelves, so we’ll “settle” for this clean pair that dropped in 2007. A low-cut version dropped earlier in the Question’s life cycle and quite honestly you can’t go wrong with that one as well although we’d have to give the edge to the mid by slightest of margins.

Reebok Question Banner

Reebok Question Banner
Reebok

Limited to only 1,996 pairs made, this special edition Question has so many personal touches that you might say it is the quintessential AI shoe. Released to honor Allen’s jersey number being retired and raised to the rafters, the jersey-like feel of the upper gives it a unique touch that you won’t see anywhere else. 1,996 pairs might seem like a lot, but keep in mind that there are a lot of Iverson fans out there who are never up these recent grails.

Packer x Reebok Question For Player’s Use Only

Packer Shoes
Packer Shoes

How crazy would it have been if Reebok had managed to sign LeBron James (wore Questions in high school) and Kobe Bryant (wore Laker-themed Questions during his sneaker free agency) in 2003? Imagine the repercussions for Nike had one or both never made it to the swoosh. The sneaker world would be a different place, that’s for sure. We’ll never know now, but at least we have the memories of a different time when they did both rock Question player exclusives in their earlier years courtesy of this collab with Packer.

SNS x Packer x Reebok Question A Shoe About Crocus

Packer Shoes
Packer Shoes

For all the fuss surrounding Kanye West’s sneaker takeover of 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, Reebok Classics had a phenomenal showing that year as well with their Token 38 Collection that included this mash-up pair that mixed the SNS collabs. If I were a Charlotte Hornets super fan, I would have ten pairs of these stocked somewhere…

Packer x Reebok Question Practice

Reebok Question Practice

Much like AI’s infamous rant that has become a staple of American pop culture where he didn’t understand what practice had to do with his on-court play, I don’t know what this shoe has to do with said rant. But they do look amazing and are truly deserving of a place in the top 10. With all that being said, we couldn’t mention this pair and not reference this…

Reebok Question Bling

Sole Collector
Sole Collector

We’ve talked extensively about this shoe on the site and how it was such a bizarre moment, but I think we would all be lying to ourselves if we didn’t at least think about inquiring as to the shoe’s whereabouts. I just hope that if Reebok did indeed manage to sell this gaudy piece of footwear that it did go to a good place and not this guy.

Reebok Question Low White

Reebok Question Low White
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True story: I may have gotten weirdly emotional during an Agenda Show in Las Veags a few years ago when I saw a giant poster of AI featuring this all-white Question Low. My personal favorite pair of Questions ever made, it’s a classic look that I would argue is better than the consensus greatest all-white sneaker the Nike Air Force 1. I’ll save that argument for another day, but yes, I do believe this shoe is that damn good.

BAIT x Reebok Question Snake

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BAIT has a habit of shaking things up with their collabs, but few have had the impact on the sneaker world as their rendition of the Question. No element of the shoe felt like anything you had seen before; from the snakeskin upper to the glow-in-the-dark midsole to the midfoot tab that featured a die-cut Reebok Vector logo, it was a masterclass in taking a shoe and making it your own. So what collab could top a shoe that is all about storytelling?

SNS x Reebok Question A Shoe About Nothing

SNS x Reebok Question A Shoe About Nothing
SNS

How about a shoe that is about well, nothing. Sometimes the colors just make sense and you don’t need a fancy backstory to make it seem more important than it really is. Such as was the case with this beautiful SNS collab where they didn’t even bother to build a storyline around the shoe after they found a look that worked for them. Now you could argue that the story about nothing is a story itself, to which I say…

Yada Yada Yada

Reebok Question All-Star

Reebok Question All Star 1

The shoe that AI never wore became a cult classic thanks to the Warriors color scheme that was mind-blowing at the time. With a retro dropping earlier this year, the timing could not be better with Golden State currently wrecking the league with a diminutive guard who is reshaping how the game is played. The more things change

Reebok Question #1 Draft Pick

Reebok Question #1 Draft Pick
Footaction

Underrated no more, this is the best non-OG Question colorway as it references Allen Iverson’s memorable night as the first pick of a historically loaded 1996 NBA Draft. Even without the storytelling aspect, the blue nubuck upper with white speckled midsole and subtle hits of red was well-executed and perfect for any throwback Sixers jersey. This shoe really takes you back to a pre-cornrow and pre-tattoo AI. It’s a time machine.

Reebok Question Pearlized Red

Reebok Question Pearlized Red
Reebok

To call this the #2 is kind of insulting, so let’s just call it #1B. The Pearlized Red – and even the Red Suede – were game-changers that showed Reebok was ready to take on the world with AI, Kemp and Shaq in tow. Sure, it didn’t turn out that way in hindsight but the promise and footwear was there. Much like the Air Jordan 1, whenever these come back in true OG form, it’s welcome with open arms. So what’s #1A?

Reebok Question Pearlized Blue

Reebok Question Pearlized Blue
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I’ve played this clip somewhere between a hundred to a thousand times in some shape or form ever since the day it happened. Whether it was rewinding it on a VCR, watching the worst possible pixelated GIF to pulling it up on YouTube at least a few times a month, it never gets old. Oh, and the crossover is pretty dope too.

It’ll never happen of course, but wouldn’t a “Crossover” Pack with these two kicks – AI’s Questions and Jordan’s 12s – be the greatest thing ever? Hell, with both kicks returning in 2016, we can make it happen. We just need somebody to make the custom box.

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