Allen Iverson and Reebok releasing Eagles-inspired Answer IVs
There are very few shoes that can be identified over decades from their first release. One pair of shoes that undoubtedly fall into that category would be Allen Iverson’s “Answer” shoes released by Reebok. During Iverson’s playing time, we saw 14 different versions of the shoe, and since then, multiple color options have been released.
Iverson has always been known for drawing inspiration from Philadelphia for his sneakers. Last summer, they released a new colorway of Iverson’s “Question Lows” based on the Phillies’ baby blue and maroon colors from the 1980s.
Now, Reebok is releasing a new look for Iverson’s “Answer IV” sneakers.
The colorway features the signature Eagles’ midnight green. In 2020, Reebok released a Kelly Green variant of the “Questions” shoes. These shoes are inspired by Iverson and the 76ers’ run to the NBA finals back in 2001.
The Sixers stole game one of the series against the Los Angeles Lakers before losing the series 4-1. Nobody forgets, The Stepover during game one, but before the game, Iverson entered The Staples Center wearing a custom midnight green Eagles jersey, which reportedly served as inspiration for this new shoe release.
Along with going to the finals that season, these shoes also have historical significance to the same 2001 season, where he took home the NBA Most Valuable Player award. Instead of horribly attempting to describe the shoe’s design, let me just show you what the sneaker heads over at Hypebeast had to say about Iverson’s latest release.
“The palette of these hoop kicks appropriately align with the Philly football franchise’s signature colors. Upper halves split its tumbled leather materials between a clean white hue that covers the collars and mid-foot while the forefoot and toe boxes are drenched in a shimmery emerald-esque green. Small doses of a muted gray also make an appearance on the base atop the sculpted lower midsole and forefoot molds that host the “I3” branding as well as the tongues which are debossed with a Reebok hit. Additionally, the aforementioned du-rag pattern is printed on the interior to further echo its motif.“
If you want to purchase your own pair, they go on sale on January 21st, retailing for $150. Compared to the other prices of signature basketball shoes, it’s not a bad deal.
I’m pretty young, so I’m missing some of the nostalgia that comes with the Iverson shoes, Drew and Victor will probably kill me for saying that I’m not the biggest fan of them, but they definitely are clean and who knows, by January 21st the Eagles could still be alive in the NFL playoffs, in the Divisional Round looking to advance to the Super Bowl.
Just saying, these shoes would look beautiful walking down Broad Street at another Eagles parade.
Mandatory Credit: Reebok