Facts

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Low Top

Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

Mid Top

Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

High Top

Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

Good to know

Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

Inspired from

Sports

Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

Collection

Good to know

Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

Price
$150

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Reebok Answer IV Stepover is a retro of the popular sneaker by the famous NBA player, Allen Iverson. This is seen as a must-have commodity for die-hard Iverson fans.
  • One video reviewer said that the shoe is in his top 20 best sneaker silhouette of all time.
  • It provides satisfactory comfort, according to most shoe users.
  • Majority of the purchasers find the shoe to be true to size.
  • Fans who witnessed the OG release in 2001 find the Reebok Answer IV Stepover nostalgic.
  • The shoe’s materials feel durable, based on some buyers’ observations.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of video reviewers disclosed that the overall quality of the Reebok Answer IV Stepover is poor. One video reviewer saw some inconsistencies in one shoe’s construction compared to the other pair.
  • Most commenters didn’t like that the shoe does not have the DMX air units that the OG model had, but now comes with a DMX foam instead. Fans said it’s not as good as before.

Bottom line

The Reebok Answer IV Stepover is, apparently, an homage to Allen Iverson’s sneaker that was released in 2001. This shoe greatly resembles the OG release, which is recommended for people who are die-hard Iverson fans. The shoe also provides adequate comfort that could be worn every day.

The reported downside of this shoe is that consumers have noticed that construction is faulty. While some long-time fans felt let down due to the fact that it doesn’t have the DMX air units that the OG had, but some argued that the only people who will notice this are the old sneakerheads. According to them, new generation sneakerheads won’t know the difference.

Ultimately, if you are a sneaker fan that is into Iverson or the futuristic looking shoes, then the Reebok Answer IV Stepover might just fulfill your desires.


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Reebok Answer IV Stepover History

Former NBA player, Allen Iverson signed a deal with Reebok during his rookie years. He released his first shoe in 1996 for his Rookie of the Year campaign called the Reebok Question, and released a pair consecutively until 2009’s Reebok Answer 13.

In 2013, Iverson announced his retirement as a professional basketball player in the NBA but amidst this transition, Reebok still managed to release a shoe called the Reebok Q96. Then, in 2014, after a 5-year hiatus, the brand decided to revive the Answer series by launching the Reebok Answer 14.

Fast-forward to the year 2017, Reebok revived the Answer IV that Allen Iverson wore in his iconic step-over moment in the first game of the NBA Finals 2001.  This retro is called the Reebok Answer IV Stepover.

The shoe got the “stepover” name due to the following scenario: after shooting the ball at a 20-feet vantage, Iverson stepped over then-Lakers backup point guard Tyronn Lue. This was seen as an iconic moment as Iverson effortlessly shot the ball in front of his

Reebok Answer IV Stepover Style

The Reebok Answer IV Stepover is a pair that features basketball aesthetics with a splash of futuristic elements. With its court-inspired look, it is best paired it with casual and sporty clothes. Pair it with joggers, basketball shorts, or go casual with a pair of jeans.

Fit & Sizing

The Reebok Answer IV Stepover is available only in men’s sizes ranging from 7 to 14. Reebok offers a mid-top construction to offer adequate support.

Notable Features

The Reebok Answer IV Stepover offers adequate athleisure comfort with its DMX foam technology. It features a lace-up front with an additional zip-up closure system for a tighter and secure fit. A pull-tab is strategically placed at the heel as an aid when putting the shoe on.Lastly, Allen Iverson’s mantra is debossed on the shoe’s outsole, which reads “Only the strong survive.”

Additional Info

  • The Reebok Answer IV Stepover was available in the “Playoff Pack,” and included a special edition wristband and other limited release merchandise.
  • Initially limited to 500 pairs, this retro shoe is now available at various retailers.
  • It was originally and exclusively sold in Philadelphia, and the first 100 customers who bought the pair won gold tickets to hang out with Allen Iverson himself.