Verdict from 8 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • The inner cleatie of the Reebok Answer 4.5 provides a nice fit according to most wearers.
  • Many users mention that the lace-up system of this shoe model is better than that of its predecessor.
  • These Reebok basketball shoes are really comfortable to wear, say several buyers. For casual wear, it feels like the eleventh Jordan basketball sneakers.
  • Some testers assert that the Reebok Answer 4.5 has a great lockdown because of the inner sleeve and the standard lacing system.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few wearers report that the Reebok Answer 4.5 runs long.
  • A handful don’t want to shoe because they can’t use it for playing.
  • Several demand for more colorways of these basketball-inspired sneakers.

Bottom line

If only the Reebok Answer 4.5 were released in the prime years of Allen Iverson in the NBA, these kicks would have been received well. 2018 already has the most up-to-date technologies in basketball shoe; the Reebok Answer 4.5 just finds it hard to compete performance-wise.

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Good to know

Released in August 2018, the Reebok Answer 4.5 is now part of the I3 Legacy Collection. It was first released in Hongkong for $130. Craig Howard brings back the Answer 4 but added a little twist that is inspired by Allen Iverson’s iconic sleeve.

The long sleeve was developed as a temporary solution to Allen Iverson’s bursitis. Philadelphia 76ers trainer Lenny Currier created it from a tube bandage, and had intended it to serve as a compression stockinette. Iverson ended up using the sleeve throughout his career.

The Reebok Answer 4 is already a hit for those who are fans of Allen Iverson. The new and improved Reebok Answer 4.5 easily becomes a fashion must-have. It basically is just the Answer 4 equipped with an inner sleeve to achieve a better aesthetic. New buyers are surely excited to get a pair of the Reebok Answer 4.5.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the Reebok Answer 4.5 comes from its DMX foam midsole. The technology comes in two layers. The upper layer is soft and cushiony right. The foam layer that is closer to the ground is stiff and absorbs impact.

Traction. The outsole of the Reebok Answer 4.5 is decoupled. The forefoot area has herringbone on both sides and a wavy pattern in the middle. The heel area prominently features an impression of Allen Iverson’s face at its center. This image is outlined with herringbone and some horizontal grooves.

Length and Width. Reebok basketball shoes meet industry standards on length and width. However, because of the design, the Reebok Answer 4.5 reportedly runs long. Most reviewers advise new buyers to go down half a size.

Lockdown. The Reebok Answer 4.5 utilizes the traditional lacing system. To keep the tongue in place, the rope-like shoelaces go through lace loops and tongue loops. To achieve a one-to-one fit, these Reebok basketball shoes feature a stretchable sleeve.

The upper of the Reebok Answer 4.5 is made of tumbled leather. It delivers superb comfort, durability, and support. The tongue and heel come with a pull tab that make it easy to put on and take off the shoe.

The Reebok Answer 4.5 is a high-top basketball shoe that comes with a stretchable inner cleatie. The tongue lace loops come with Iverson’s I3 logo. The tongue’s pull tab comes with a “Reebok” callout. The shoe features a striped heel counter with “Iverson” callouts.

The recent release of the Reebok Answer 4.5 produced at least two colorways.

  • Black/Ash Grey-Primal Red-Vital Blue
  • White/Primal Red-Black


How Reebok Answer 4.5 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 8% basketball shoes
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Bottom 22% Reebok basketball shoes
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Bottom 1% allen iverson basketball shoes
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