February 4th, 2013 by John K.
We often associate the most popular sneakers in the Air Jordan legacy with MJ’s greatest games in the most important moments. The ‘Last Shot’, for example, is the Air Jordan XIV that he wore when sinking that 18-foot jumper to close out Game 6, the Zoom Kobe 1 is what Kobe rocked during his 81-point bonanza, and the LeBron 9 Elite is what ‘Bron donned during his first NBA Title run. We don’t really pay attention to the on-feet stylings of the NFL, but with the 2012 NFL season came to an official close as Superbowl XLVII ended with Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco taking home MVP honors, we might as well look back at all the cleats worn by every single Superbowl MVP – from Bart Starr’s win in the first ever game to Eli Manning’s triumphant comeback in XLVI. Not only will you find some interesting gems, but the sheer diversity of brands (particularly from the pre-2000s era) sheds some more like on the time when Nike wasn’t the only game in town. Check out some of the notable stars below and see the list in its entirety from Sneaker Report.
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November 13th, 2012 by John K.
Reebok Classics continues its solid push through 2012 with the first-ever re-issue of the Reebok ES22 in two original colorways. We commonly associate signature sneakers with the achievements that the athlete has earned while wearing the shoe, so there is no doubt that the ES22 is up there among the greats; Emmitt Smith’s career is rife with awards and unbreakable records, and the upcoming release of the ES22 will surely give Reebok Classics and its fans a jolt of that ‘winning’ culture. Both the Navy and Black OG colorways are slated to exclusively hit Foot Locker on November 21st, so check out the official images as well as some interviews with Emmitt himself and Reebok Classics VP Todd Krinsky below, and stay tuned to Sneaker News for more info on a wider release.
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June 28th, 2012 by Aaron Hope
Imagine if Nike Sportswear hadn’t issued hardly any of its 1990s classics, then suddenly, BAM! — a torrent of Jordans, Air Maxes and signatures that’d leave longsuffering sneakerheads in tears. That’s kind of like what’s going on right now under Swizz Beatz‘ supervision at Reebok, as the Vector brand is finally bringing back some of its most memorable silos of the past two decades. It started last year with the Shawn Kemp-inspired Kamikaze III, a descendent of the Reebok Kamikaze II that’s now getting a proper retro treatment along with a couple of Allen Iverson’s signatures. AI’s ‘Pearlized Red’ Question is on display with the OG blue colorup soon to follow, which will be joined by the Answer IV in one of that model’s many (many) first run styles. And on the running/training side of things, we’re about to be blessed with Emmitt Smith’s EM22 and the original DMX Run (suggesting a future release for it’s DMX-debuting counterpart, the Answer I?). Have a peek at Reebok’s upcoming Retro Sport collection after the jump, let us know which of these classics you’re most excited to own and if there’s another RBK model you’d like to see return (Swizz promises “Shaqs also” soon), and be sure to stick with Sneaker News for release info.
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May 30th, 2012 by John K.
REEBOK 90′S CLASSICS WEEK
Swizz Beatz’s involvement with the marketing of the ‘new generation’ of Reebok was an oft-discussed topic last year, when the hip-hop star joined forces with the long-time footwear brand to create a special edition lifestyle collection inspired by Reebok’s most prized models. After Swizz came Rick Ross, Tyga, and even Swizz Beatz’ wife and fellow hip-hop megastar Alicia Keys in the mix, but let’s keep in mind that this isn’t Reebok’s first attempt at intertwining pop culture and sport; In the mid-90′s, Reebok put a little ‘soul’ into its sneakers with ad campaigns featuring 70′s icons Don Cornelius of Soul Train and the legendary Pam Grier, known for her roles in some of the most iconic films in the history of black cinema. Their involvment came as part of a multi-million dollar campaign in 1996 when Reebok was introducing the VizHex line – a collection of high-performance footwear across all sports that featured visible Hexalite cushioning in its midsole; the VizHex line included a number of highly-advertised models like the Reebok Preacher Mid (one of Shaq’s signature shoes), the Reebok Question, and the Reebok ES22, the focus of today’s Classics Revisited.
The Reebok ES22 was a signature cross-training sneaker for NFL superstar Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. Emmitt debuted the shoe on-field in November of 1996, creating a mounting buzz around Reebok’s VizHex line and the sneaker itself, and the ES22 later released in 1997 in Cowboys-centric colors to much fanfare. The ES22, designed by Reebok’s long-time designer E. Scott Morris, was undoubtedly one of the most popular sneakers of the year and perhaps one of the highlights of the entire decade of Cross Training kicks dominated by Nike; the dazzling colorway of the metallic blue, the unique midsole detailing that rose far above the quarter, and the fact that Emmitt Smith was one of the best players on the most iconic sports teams of the decade only played into the overall mass success of the sneaker. The Reebok ES22 is near the top of the list of most coveted Retros, and as the brand is taking a slow and steady approach to its re-issues, the ES22 is certainly on deck either later this year or next (we’ll keep you updated on that). Rejoice in the news of the ES22 re-release and check out the gallery of this old-school classic below!
Reebok ES 22
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