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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 9:59 am  |  12 responses

Reebok Brings Back Answer IV White/Red (PHOTOS)

One of Allen Iverson’s favorite colorways goes on sale this weekend.

by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

They’re back.

Nearly 12 years after Allen Iverson first debuted the white/red Answer IVs—and nearly 12 years since he wore them while dropping a cool 51 on Vince Carter and Toronto Raptors—Reebok Classics is relaunching one of Iverson’s personal favorite colorways.

“I was just in love with the zipper part of it when we started discussing how we were gonna do the shoe,” Iverson told SLAM recently. “I remember there was a fan, he was a season ticket holder, and every single game he would say something to me about this shoe that season. ‘OK, AI, you got on the red and whites tonight! OK, AI, the all-whites! OK, AI, the blue and whites!’ Every game (laughs). I’m talking about every game.”

The white/red IVs, which will go on sale for a suggested price of $125, will be available Friday, November 30, at major retailers, including Champs, Foot Locker, Finish Line, Jimmy Jazz and others.

Aside from the Iverson-loved zipper and white/red and grey outer, some key features on the shoe that once made them favorites around the League include: DMX cushioning, tumbled leather, reflective 3M accents, and graphic detailing (visible in the photos above) on the insole and outsole.

“I just remember having my sneakers, and after every game somebody from the other team would ask me for ’em—for his son, his cousin, his niece,” said Iverson. “So after a while, I basically knew that after every game the shoes was gone. Then I got to the point where I started to throw them in the crowd after the game, or after I knew the game was going to be over.  I mean, man, people would go crazy over these.”

More than a decade later, they’re still going crazy, as the white/red drop comes on the heels of three other successful Iverson re-releases over the past six months.

(As for the aforementioned mid-season battle with Vince Carter, Iverson didn’t discuss that particular game with SLAM. He did, however, recall the famous Game 7 in ’01, when he had 21 points and 16 assists and VC had 20 and 9 but missed a potential game-winner after attending his college graduation earlier in the day. “Like a graduation make you miss a shot,” laughed Iverson, noting that Carter shouldn’t take heat for that.)

For his career, Iverson, who has most recently traveled back and forth to Asia while playing in celebrity exhibition tournaments, boasts career NBA averages of 26.7 ppg, 6.2 apg and 2.2 spg.

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  • http://twitter.com/ecvill11 Edmond Villanueva

    Best shortest scoring MVP. Ever.

  • manhandled

    Always excited about any new shoe release from A.I. and reebok

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    These things were ugly when they first came out, and they’re still ugly now. I love most of Iverson’s shoes, but DAMN.

  • Dymez

    I loved these joints! I still remember when I first got them, same color and everything, back when I was a kid. One of my favorite pair of Iverson’s, second to The Question. I remember seeing the commercial for these with 40 Bars playing in the background, A.I. crossed a cat in the park, dropped the jumper on him and kept running into his alter-egos until he met Jewelz on stage. Just seeing these pictures brought me back to a fun time in life.

  • theanklebreaker2

    @facebook-100000011389458:disqus lol these were okay but I think the Answer 10 were his ugliest

  • undercover shady guy

    Yeah I remember back in elementary some kids wore these. Easily one of the uglier shoes out there but has a charm about it…

  • undercover shady guy

    Way better looking though sadly then all the new bball shoes…

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    these were ugly at that time but it becomes a classic now. Its classic cuz AI rocked it in the season they marched into the finals

  • manhandled

    The first picture is simply amazing….

  • manhandled

    I guess beauty is in the eye the beholder because those kicks have always been hot imo. A.I. has never released a “fugly” sneaker something that I can`t say for other bball players. His shoe style has always stood out from the rest. He thinks outside the box and takes risks that many other shoe designers are unwilling to take. Respect

  • spit hot fiyah

    if these came out today and no one had ever seen them before, they would cost about 35$ at marshall’s

  • momo

    bra i did not like reebok too much cause nike obssesion but so on i started getting interested gotta my reebok collection
    ai jkamikaze shaq attaq shaqnois you name it

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