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/ mars 2020
Jihan Thompson, Reebok Contributor

The Top 7 Retro Reebok Basketball Shoes of 2020

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Old-School. Retro. Throwback. Whatever word you choose to describe the basketball shoes on this list, the truth is undeniable: Basketball sneaker style of yesterday has never been more on trend than it is right now. The basketball sneakers that paid homage to the style and star power of Allen Iverson and Shaq in the late 90s and early aughts have been updated for today’s sneaker culture without sacrificing what made them so popular back in the day. They’re perfect for street style but can also still deliver on the court with superb function and design that delivers maximum comfort, no matter if you’re wearing them for sport or everyday life. We’ve rounded up seven retro styles that make a bold, yet effortlessly cool statement in today’s sneaker culture. Get ready to lace up these stunners.

BB 4000 Basketball Shoes

From hardwood to the pavement, these men’s basketball shoes have a throwback vibe inspired by '80s B-ball style. The clean lines and washed out cold grey color, plus the mix of premium leather and supple nubuck give these shoes a textured look that make them easily feel like a vintage pair of basketball shoes for anyone who reminisces about the old days of pick-up games with friends. And while the style is definitely fresh, there’s Reebok’s signature function to match: the low-cut design allows for greater mobility, and the rubber outsole delivers more traction and durability.

Question Mid Men's Basketball Shoes

This AI-inspired basketball shoe is for anyone who cheered on the superstar during his height in the late 90s and early aughts. The Question Mid Men's basketball shoes have a distinctive retro B-ball style, originally designed for Allen “The Answer” Iverson, that has been updated with modern-day attitude, all without comprising the original look and feel. Sneakerheads will appreciate that the upper is made of soft tumbled leather and features a contrast suede toe. And of course these basketball shoes also deliver on function. When you’re ready to take these to the court or just rock them while you run errands, the signature hexagonal cushioning provides all-day comfort, and the non-marking rubber outsole increases traction and durability. 

BB 4600 Basketball Shoes

Nothing screams '90s style more than a red and black high-top sneaker. And the BB 4600 Basketball Shoes deliver just the right amount of retro cool to make them the perfect basketball shoe to rock today. The bold contrast color on the side stripes and outsole create a standout look, and the mid-cut provides the old-school appeal. The upper is made of supple leather for a soft, flexible feel that’s trendier today than ever before. Of course you can rock these on the court, but they also pair well with jeans or joggers, making them an excellent every day sneaker that can seamlessly match any style—and go the distance if you’re on your feet all day thanks to the mid-cut build which adds extra support for ankles and improved foot stability.

BB 4600 Basketball Shoes

You’ll be undeniably old-school fresh in these throwback basketball sneakers. The BB 4600 Basketball Shoes feature iconic B-ball style for today. The clean lines and contrasting white-on-black colorway give these court-inspired shoes a standout look that are worthy of street style. The upper is made of supple full grain leather for a soft, flexible feel, while the tall collar and high cut design add a retro vibe. Like with any Reebok basketball sneaker, you’ll get the signature support and comfort you’ve come to know from the brand: the die-cut EVA midsole delivers lightweight cushioning for maximum comfort, while the rubber outsole is designed for increased traction and durability. From form to function, this basketball shoe delivers exactly what any sneakerhead is looking for in an effortlessly cool shoe. 

Answer V Shoes

Calling all sneaker fanatics. If you’re a true old-school fan of the sport, then these basketball shoes belong in your collection. Reebok has reissued the Answer V basketball shoes, faithfully reproducing the 2001 original worn by Allen Iverson. The old-school dark green and black colors (with a hint of gold) paired with the chunky design give these basketball sneakers a look pulled straight from the archives. The supple, tumbled leather upper has pearlized accents for an OG style. Trust us: These will be as much a hit off the court as they will be on the court. And thanks to the DMX cushioning, air moves from the heel to forefoot and back with every step, so you’ll feel light on your feet when you rock these.

Avant Guard Basketball Shoes

These statement shoes deliver one clear message: Go bold or go home. The can’t-miss, black-and-white style is '90s style in all its glory. And yet, it couldn’t be more apt for today. You’ll bring back the cool vibe of that era with these high-top basketball sneakers, on and off the court. And like the original, the support and durability you expect from a solid basketball sneaker is still there. The EVA midsole and synthetic leather upper provides lightweight cushioning for all-day comfort.

Reebok Royal BB4500 Hi 2 Basketball Shoes

This top-rated Reebok stunner has everything you want in a retro basketball sneaker. The crisp all white design allows you to pay respect to the game while still delivering a classic, everyday style that matches today’s sneaker culture. These mid-cut, basketball-inspired shoes are sure to be an instant favorite, with a blended leather and mesh upper weighing in for heritage comfort. Plus, a removable sockliner helps keep feet happy and supported all day long. You can dress them up for a night out or down when you’re rocking athleisure—and they’ll work seamlessly with both styles. While you likely remember the look and feel of the Reebok Royal BB4500 Hi 2 Basketball Shoes from when you first fell in love with sneakers, their design couldn’t be fresher or more in style for today’s sneakerhead. 

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/ mars 2020
Jihan Thompson, Reebok Contributor