May 15, 2012 BY John Kim / 20
In celebration of the news that surfaced earlier today, let’s take a look back at one of Shaq’s earliest signature sneakers with Reebok – the Reebok Shaq Attaq. The Shaq Attaq was actually O’neal’s first signature shoe with Reebok, featuring a sleek futuristic design (a welcome deviation from the chunkier, more tank-like builds of other big-men sig models) with Reebok’s Insta-Pump technology infused into the chassis and exposed carbon-fiber in the footbed visible through the outsole.. This gargantuan pair is a size 20, worn and autographed for the Orlando Magic behemoth during his rookie campaign, and with the news of a 2013 return of the Shaq Attaq, the spotlight is back on one of the most memorable signature lines of the 1990’s. Check out the gallery below to refresh your memory on this classic, and head to the full listing (note: just the right shoe, not the whole pair) from ptblazer12 on eBay.
This all looks nice but, Shaq was #32 in orlando he only switched to #34 when he went to LA. Thats just kinda Suspect!
reebok had some really interesting ideas during this time period to counter nike's game changing air bubble - ERS tubes, hexalite, pump, instapump - but they had a hard time making everything look integrated; something nike was able to do really well. these SAs came out pretty much right around the same time when the AJ VII came out, but from a pure design sense, the proportions of this shoe were never quite right. the bulky ankle cuff and the added visual weight of the pump on the tongue were never offset by the too-thin midsole and delicate proportions of the arch area throwing off the proportions of the shoe. Since the upper almost resembled a boxing boot, especially with the satin sheen fabric on the ankle, the cutaways in the mid to presumably reduce weight added to the confusion of the top-heaviness of the design, reinforced by a reebok motif of the era - the plastic lace gusset/support system found on other pump models. the exposed weave fiber in the shank plate was pretty innovative back then - and still pretty high-tech. i remember watching shaq play at LSU - knee pads and high-high tops - and thinking he was an animal - then these came out his first season in orlando and they almost looked too smooth and slick for such a powerful player. i'm glad to see reebok go back to the vault and bring back some of their classics. even with their faults, they take me back. now that ewings are coming back, i wish avia and fila would also release some shoes from their back catalogs. avia spider ARCs, drexlers, assorted grant hills, fila stackhouse... hopefully they will release quietly with little or no fanfare and everyone who wants a pair can get one.
I loved these kicks. It was when Reebok was pretty cool. I didn't like the swoosh before when I was younger, too. Now, their basketball superstar went AWOL and another keeps on playing summer leagues and doesn't improve in his 2nd season.
this just might be one of the cleanest shoes ive ever seen from reebok. too bad my generation missed all the good stuff.