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How Faithful Is Allen Iverson’s Reebok Answer IV, Past & Present? A Detailed Photo Comparison Look

Reebok is reissuing Allen Iverson’s fifth signature shoe back to retail officially tomorrow, August 10. The classic white and black Reebok Answer IV retro locks down all the major elements we’ve known for a decade: DMX cushioning, zip-up upper, and AI’s face embedded in the sole. The shoe itself comes baked in some iconic sports imagery:

How faithful is the new Answer IV to the old one, though? Comparing these detailed photos we took to Reebok’s official press imagery for the pairs releasing tomorrow, I’d say the Answer IV reissue is pretty faithful. Pretty. Not entirely. The biggest model-to-model discrepancy I could find hangs at the bottom of the zipper enclosure. Or did.

This is what Answer IV fans will be purchasing tomorrow:

This is what the Answer IV looked like the last time it came out in stores, from the same angle. The extra zipper stopper material piece is wiped clean from old to new.

Comparing the rest of the shoe, it looks like the other material change is the dimensional size and appearance of Allen Iverson’s likeness on the bottom of the heel. The last produced Answer IV batch shows a blown up AI face that covers the entire circumference of the silver colored area (see directly below) while new Answer IV scales back to frame the face better.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison (below: old Answer IV on left, new model on right). Did Reebok shave Allen’s beard? Or is it a result of pulling the graphic back. What was David Stern’s involvement? You decide:

If we’ve missed something, here’s all the Answer IV photographic evidence to build your own case…


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Love them. Love the fact that Reebok has listened to the public and is retroing some beloved shoes. REALLY love the fact that the re-issues are so faithful to the OG and the materials look good. And I REEEAAALLLYYY love the fact it looks like they have put real DMX back in them.

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guess we should ask tyronne lue about the difference between the 2

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The new retro adopts AI’s PE Velcro-closure, something that was not on the original retail version :)

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PLEASE STOP!!! THE HORSE IS DEAD!!! PLEASE!!! I’m sorry Reebok but with all the potential you guys have and with Wall, why are you trying to Jordan.. Inverson? I mean for God’s sake he should be co branding with Wall…Remix his shoes!!! let me see what the Answer with a Zig bottom would look like… Lets see what him and Swizz would do to make Wall relevant!!! Stop with the Nike shit and build your own thing!!! What next? Starbury is gonna put out his 21debt mills collection? Your grounding yourself in the culture with acts like RR and Tyga then trading poor man’s change with washed up ass Iverson? Come on son… THE HORSE IS DEAD. Give the whole basket ball line mouth to mouth… If your gonna go with Zig and Classsics go hard? if not let adidas and Nike figure it out. You’re a brand of soooooo much potential with more assets than I wanna play again Iverson… San Dova even caught the most basic shit… Who are we really kidding here? Put you big boy pants back on and go kick some ass!!! “Uuuuuugh”-Rick Ross :(

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Sandy, I thought that as well but I only had the lows. I remember wishing the miss had the Velcro so they would be alike.

Dallas, why not go for it? Face it, the only ball shoes moving on release day are Jordan’s, Kobe’s, and Lebrons, the last two only if they are limited or se hyped up color way. I say retro an make your mark. At least the look like quality builds and not plastic trash.

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Dallas, nobody wants to see an Answer with a Zig sole. Stop it.

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I hear you Avery and don’t get me wrong I love Reebok, they gave me one of my first gigs while working with Shaq and a company named TwoHype. however i hate seeing them just hanging on to the edge by one hand… I mean if Zig, Wall, classic, etc is your thing go hard!!! I love what they are doing with the classics program from Rick Ross to Rakim but their basketball just seems so stagnant.

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i want iverson answer IV white/black size 9 please help me

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where I can buy shoes Allen Iverson answer IV size 9 ???

please hellppp meeeeee…….. :(

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These DO NOT have real DMX in them. They put some type of foam in the midsole, but I repeat: DO NOT EXPECT THESE TO FEEL LIKE THE ORIGINALS.

I just got my pair from Foot Locker and they feel the same as the 2005 retros. A shame. However, the Foot Locker guy told me that the limited colorways that are coming out are supposed to have true DMX in them, so take that for what it’s worth.

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@Duke4005 San Dova is correct, the og version did not have the velcro strap…can’t remember iverson wearing a version that it either, but i could be wrong about that.

@Dallas Stokes? really? you think ANYONE wants to see iverson mashups w/zigs? further you are contradicting yourself saying reebok should do their own thing by doing EXACTLY what jordan has been doing? i like swizz but i have a feeling he isn’t nearly involved the way he says he is, how could he be with all the things he is “creative director” of, and what HAS he REALLY done to make reebok/wall relevant? you say they are grounding themselves in “the culture” with ross & tyga…which culture? and how relevant will those dudes be a year from now (which would be about the time any product they could affect would drop)? jeez, tyga is close to being irrelevant NOW!

reebok absolutely NEEDED to bring A.i. out, because he is one of the few TRULY authentic relationships/connections they have to ANY culture right about now (and they not even doing that any justice!!! the things they been doing for these shoes has been so terribly lame, as to be nauseating), people still love that dude. you are definitely right they have bunch things in the archive & stories they could be telling but they obviously don’t get, and they are not alone; neither does adidas, puma, or Under Armour (though they do some great things here & there)

@Selito are you in the states? if so, footlocker is your best bet…

@Clinton i’m not sure the og had any “dmx” technology (like the answer )other than the foam, but i’m prolly wrong about that…i wouldn’t be surprised if they cut corners on it though. it curious that someone @ footlocker would know that this model doesn’t have dmx & subsequent colorways will…sounds sketch

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Okay, I love the side by side comparison, but one quick question…

…why don’t you guys do the same thing with Nike Retro’s?

Take the recent Olympic pack for example. I’ve been chiding Nike on this site about their bastardization of the BB4, but when changes are made to their shoes, it seems to be ignored.

Why is that?

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@Mede if i can be allowed to play armchair psychoanalyst, honestly i think it is because no one needs to EXTRA reasons to (not) buy nikes, so comparisons may be unnecessary in that regard?

though the easier/simpler answer seems to be that they just happened to have an older model with which to compare the recent release with, it is unclear though if it was the actual 2001 og or the more recent retro that was like an eastbay exclusive a few years ago?

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@Hoopfanatic. The original had DMX I-Pak, where the Answer 1 had DMX 10. They both were comfortable regardless, but these new ones have DMX Foam I believe, which is how they got away with putting DMX on the shoe and in the description. It was a trick and they figured people wouldn’t remember what the DMX felt like (which is stupid). They also didn’t include the real sockliner, and the face of Iverson on the bottom is rubber instead of the metal plate. They cheaped on these like they did the 2005 Answer IV retro

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@Clinton Russell good call, i see you are up on your knowledge…yea, no graphic on the sockliner (molded?) and i totally forgot about the plate! i remember putting hella lil’ dent in those! i could see why they would NOT include those things though…the cost of those things in 2012 prolly make it hard to afford without the sticker price going up…alot of that stuff in that ‘family’ of DMX units were known for their comfort, not sure they were appropriate for optimal performance in basketball though. and unfortunately they haven’t been able to evolve, innovate, or upgrade any of that stuff either…

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The best shoes ever made!!!

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