Thanks to its distinctive design and the high-flying antics of one Shawn Kemp, Reebok‘s Kamikaze II holds a lofty position as one of the ’90s’ most memorable basketball shoes. Now, it’s back in all its original glory to celebrate its 25th anniversary and prep for a forthcoming name change.
Part of Reebok’s Mobius efforts — a collection of shoes that aimed to push the boundaries of footwear design with bold patterns and eye-catching colors — the Kamikaze II’s high-cut upper is built from white leather and features a wild zig-zagging black nubuck overlay that dips and dives from the collar down to the toebox. This textured piece works with more dark shades on the toebox and throat to provide contrast. Rich forest green makes its presence felt on the forefoot, tongue and heel logos, while also appearing on the rear of the white and black midsole. Cushioning is handled by a heel and forefoot DMX setup, similar to other ’90s Reebok basketball models like the Shaqnosis and Question Mid.
As mentioned above, the Kamikaze line will see a name change in the coming weeks as well. The brand’s statement regarding the name change reads: “Looking to the future, as Reebok continues to grow alongside the ever-evolving tapestry of global cultures in which it is so deeply rooted, the brand will formally rename the historic Kamikaze model.”
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