Big, bold, bulky and branded was the name of the game for basketball footwear in the mid-’90s, and one of the finest examples of this overarching ethos is Reebok‘s Kamikaze II. Created for high-octane Seattle SuperSonics power forward Shawn Kemp and debuted in 1995, the Kamikaze II’s jagged design lines and ultra-high cut made it just as compelling as the aerial acrobatics of the man that wore it on NBA courts. Now, to celebrate its 25th anniversary it’s returned in an OG “Black/White” colorway.
Uppers are crafted from a soft tumbled black nubuck base and smooth white leather overlays. Signature detail is provided by the sharply rising and falling overlays, which are reminiscent of crashing waves or rising and falling radio static. This visceral detail is hammered home even further by the stark contrast of the black and white tones. Branding is handled by Vector logos on the forefoot and heel, with a combination Vector-and-text graphic placed on the tongue. Down below, the EVA foam midsole uses the same jagged shapes and powerful colorblocking as the upper. Reebok’s signature DMX cushioning is encased in the midsole to offer a finishing dash of comfort.
The Reebok Kamikaze II “Black/White” will release via the Reebok webstore on June 25, and is priced at $130 USD.
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