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The Reebok Kamikaze IV was first released internationally before it became available stateside. There are shoe articles online that mention the similarity of the Kamikaze IV to the Reebok Q96 and Jordan XX8 SE. A couple of articles also mention that the outsole and traction pattern of the Kamikaze IV are copycats of the Reebok Answer 14’s.
To distinguish the Reebok Kamikaze 4, its outsole has a herringbone traction that works wonders on court. It is designed to provide a good grip and stopping power on any surface. The leather and textile upper conforms to the shape of the foot. The DMX Foam at the midsole provides responsiveness to both light and heavy players. Different and numerous colorways are available for overseas and stateside purchases.
Shoes like the Kamikaze 4’s are considered a trophy nowadays with the hopes of a future re-release. 2018 arms athletes with dependable and versatile basketball shoes such as Stephen Curry’s 6th Under Armour shoe and James Harden’s third Adidas sneaker.
Cushion. The performance of the Reebok Kamikaze IV comes from the two-layer setup of the DMX Foam technology. The upper layer is soft and provides a great level of comfort. The second layer is closer to the ground, thus sturdier to provide high levels of responsiveness and impact protection.
Traction. The outsole of the Kamikaze 4 is made of a thick rubber compound with a herringbone traction pattern. Its amazing grip supports both linear and lateral movements. The outriggers at the sides of the shoe provide wearers stability after landing.
Length and Width. Based on customer feedback, the Kamikaze IV runs wider than the standard Reebok shoe. Some reviewers say those with wider feet can go true to size. Shoe size is difficult to assess, so it is still wise for new buyers to fit the shoe first before buying.
Lockdown. The Reebok Kamikaze 4 uses the standard lace-up system. To achieve a comfortable fit, the round shoe laces and tongue can be tightened. The tongue and inner walls of the shoe have adequate padding to give the ankle a comfortable and supportive hug.
The upper of the Reebok Kamikaze IV features a combination of leather and textile. The materials conform to the shape of the foot, providing a flexible and comfortable ride. The textile and the perforations on the side panels give the shoe ventilation. Dainty pull tabs are located on the tongue and ankle collar for easy putting on and removal.
The mid-top Reebok Kamikaze IV comes in different hues. The detailed stitchings on the side panels give the shoe a good lift aesthetically. Some colorways have speckled outsoles, which are a nice touch to a rather simple design. The bold colorways of the Kamikaze 4 matches a plain white tee and jeans/shorts. Indeed, the Reebok Kamikaze 4 can satisfy not only your basketball needs but also your style demands as well. To give the shoe a classic touch, a small Vector logo is strategically placed on the forefoot.
During the September 2014 release of the Kamikaze IV, Reebok presented the shoe in six colorways. These are the following:
- Black and aqua blue colorway with red rear panel
- Black and blue
- Gray and neon green
- Blue and green colorway with gray and orange accents
- Black and red
Reebok Kamikaze IV “Sonics”
The Reebok Kamikaze is the signature line of the famous Shawn Kemp. The color combination of the Reebok Kamikaze IV “Sonics” references the Seattle Supersonics, the team that picked him in the first round of the 1989 NBA draft. The front is an alternation of black and white. The rear panel has dark green accents with a diagonal “Reebok” callout.