Verdict from 2 experts and 7 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Several buyers note that these classic Reebok basketball shoes are constructed of high-quality leather.
  • A significant number of reviewers claim that the Reebok Answer 1 Retro looks really dope.
  • Several wearers love how these basketball shoes feel on-feet.
  • A tester is satisfied with the shoe’s cushioning. He says that it is responsive and has a slight bounce.
  • Nearly all purchasers really love the Answer 1 Retro. Some even call these basketball mid-tops the “grail” of their sneaker collection.
  • According to some users, the shoes fit amazing once you get the right size.
  • These retro basketball shoes are lighter than the original, a handful of users report.
  • The outsole pods grip the floor well, a tester describes.
  • A few reviewers observe that the leather upper is very comfortable and supportive.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of owners are reporting that the Reebok Answer 1 Retro runs bigger than expected.
  • Many commenters are disappointed that Reebok did not use the original DMX 10 cushioning on these retro basketball shoes. They are claiming that the cushioning used on the retros is quite stiff and terrible for balling.
  • A handful of wearers are annoyed that these shoes are very squeaky.
  • One tester claims that the Answer 1 Retro gets really hot. Players have a similar comment about the Nike Kyrie 5.
  • The outsole picks up a lot of debris, a tester reports. Just like the outsole of the Air Jordan 6 Retro, constant wiping is recommended.

Bottom line

With only a few retro releases over the years, the Reebok Answer 1 Retro a.k.a the Rebook Answer DMX 10 is considered a “sneaker grail” by most collectors. Buyers are quite pleased with the 2018 retro release because of its premium materials and OG colorway. However, without the original DMX 10 cushioning, the Answer 1 Retro is more suited for the streets rather than the basketball court. All in all, the Reebok Answer 1 Retro is a must-have for sneakerheads and fans of The Answer.

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Good to know

In 1997, Allen Iverson answered all the questions when he averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 2.1 steals per contest during his rookie season. That same year, Reebok launched Iverson’s second signature shoe and called it the Reebok Answer.

In 2018, the Reebok Answer 1 finally returns in near-OG form. Dressed in red and white, these Allen Iverson sneakers boast a leather upper and DMX moving air technology for superior comfort and support.

Cushion. The Reebok Answer 1 Retro offers adaptive cushioning that moves with your every step. Encased within an EVA midsole, the DMX moving air technology transfers air from one balance pod to another for increased responsiveness and enhanced comfort.

Traction. These retro mid-top basketball shoes from Reebok have a rubber outsole for increased durability and traction.

Length and Width. According to reports, the classic Reebok basketball shoes run big. Buyers can go down half a size when purchasing the Answer 1 Retro online.

Lockdown. The Reebok Answer 1 has a lace-up shaft that provides a customizable fit. The shoe’s mid-cut design and padded collar offer added ankle support and improve stability.

These classic basketball sneakers are constructed with a leather and textile upper for traditional support and increased breathability.

The 2018 release of the Reebok Answer 1 is full of retro vibes. Sporting the OG colorway, the sneaker’s standout design can quickly match your athleisure style.

These basketball shoes also celebrate Iverson’s rookie year. His stats from his Rookie-of-the-Year-winning season is found on the inside tongue. Other signature details include the iconic “I3” and Reebok Vector logos.

The Reebok Answer 1 Retro is available in a few color options:

  • Black/Red-Gold
  • Black/White-Metallic Gold-Red-Clear
  • Excellent Red/White-Pure Silver ‘All-Star’
  • Grey/White-Blue-Orange
  • Navy/Gold-White ‘All-Star’
  • White/Excellent Red/Brass

Reebok Answer 1 Retro ‘All-Star’

Reebok classics is treating sneakerheads and AI fans with two All-Star-inspired colorways of the Answer 1. Both colorways boast an eye-catching patent leather upper with a speckled outsole.


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Bottom 38% Reebok basketball shoes
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