Allen Iverson is back with a new shoe re-release. Without doubt, after The Questions, Allen Iverson’s most well-known shoe has to be The Answer IV. Worn during his 2000-01 MVP season, the classic Reebok’s most enduring image was created in Los Angeles, when following a right-to-left cross and corner jumper at the Staples Center, Iverson stepped over a prone Tyronn Lue on his way to handing the Laker juggernaut their first—and, as it would turn out, only—loss of the postseason.
The best way to describe The Answer IV to someone who’s never seen it is this: a sleek and streamlined update of The Question. The Answer IV utilized similar colorblocking and the same ghilly lacing, but featured a lower cut and a zip-up upper, as well as new tech—full-length DMX as opposed to Hexalite—in the midsole.
“The Answer IV, we really set out to create a lightweight shoe with a great speed graphic,” says Reebok Global VP Todd Krinsky. “So when you look at the Answer IV, it’s got a very strong front-to-back graphic that goes throughout the shoe. We created shoes that have a 3M reflective shot because we were always wondering what a shoe would look like when it was shot, flashes going on in the arena. It’s got a 3D Ultralite bottom so it makes the shoe two or three ounces lighter than a normal rubber shoe—back in the day before there was light everywhere, it was one of the lightest basketball shoes. And then from a fashion perspective we added the zipper, and so kids could wear it laced up when they were playing, and they could zipper it down with jeans when they weren’t playing.”
The biggest story about Allen Iverson during the All-Star Game 2009 was NOT another All-Star Game MVP or an amazing highlight, but it was his unveiling of a new haircut.
After 13 years of setting the trend in the NBA with his stylish braids, he unveiled a clean cut, reminisce of his early college/rookie days [In fact, he kinda looks like Stephon Marbury's haircut during his rookie season] So, why did he decide to cut it off at this stage of his career?
SLAM magazine’s Lang Whitaker interviewed Allen and asked him why he wanted to cut his hair:
“I just wanted to do something different. It’s been so long. That’s all”
When asked, “Does it feel weird?”
“Definitely feels weird. The biggest difference is getting in the shower and being able to get my hair wet any time I want to.”
When asked if it shaved some time off his preparation time before a game, say, half an hour:
“An hour actually <Laughs> That’s how I get my sleep!”
The video clip here:
Iverson wore the new Reebok Answer 12 in Dark Blue colorway during the road game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The colorway matches the Detroit Pistons away jerseys – with a shiny navy blue on the sides, and white with red lining on the back heel.[SinglePic not found]
These hot kicks hit the shelves on All-Star Weekend – Feb. 15th – mark it on your calendars.[SinglePic not found]
The latest collection of Allen Iverson’s signature shoe, Reebok Answer 12, is scheduled to release during the NBA All-Start Weekend in February. We have exclusive pics of the soon-to-be-release kicks that the man himself has been wearing since being traded to the Detroit Pistons.
Notice the three different color-ways. The first colorway, black-red-white, is inspired by the Philadelphia 76ers. The second colorway, baby-blue-white-yellow, is inspired by his days as a Denver Nugget. The third colorway is obviously the colors of his current team, the Detroit Pistons.
There is an elegant TPU heel graphic plate that features a poem by British poet William Ernest Henley, called Invictus. The prose describes Allen Iverson’s dedicated on-court attitude and relentless will to win.
Expect to see the Reebok Answer 12 on shelves during NBA All-Star Weekend for $100.00
After losing to the Hawks 85-78, the Pistons bounced back off of Stuckey’s 40 point game to beat the Bulls 104-98. Unfortunately, A.I. was injured during the game. He left Tuesday’s game with a strained left groin with 8:53 left in the third quarter. He returned to the bench with 5:32 left but didn’t re-enter the game. Iverson had eight assists in 24 minutes
Some of you may have noticed during last week’s game against LA Lakers, that AI was sporting a new pair of kicks. Some of you have been asking about what this shoe is. I’ve find out from my sources that this is the new Reebok Answer 12. It reminds us of the Reebok Question because of the solid-colored toe box. It also features Iverson’s initials on the tongue in bubble letters and his newly-acquired jersey number (#1) right below the shoelaces. These new kicks should be available in stores in February 2009 for about $100.