Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Graphlite technology used on this shoe works well because many wearers comment that the Reebok Shaq Attaq is comfortable.
  • Though these shoes are considered old school, plenty of owners purchase this shoe model for its durability.
  • Many users say this shoe is ideal for basketball players playing the center position.
  • Most reviewers say that the Reebok Shaq Attaq is true to size.
  • Because of the success story of Shaquille O’Neal, majority of the shoe owners advise new buyers to get a pair for their collection.
  • The ankle support in this shoe is recommended by several users because of its mid-cut design.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of users say that the shoe model is for the narrow-footed. 
  • A few buyers mention that the leather in the toe box easily creases similar to the twelfth Michael Jordan signature shoe.
  • A couple of reviewers say they cannot play hoops wearing the shoe; however, it makes a great casual shoe.

Bottom line

The Reebok Shaq Attaq is worth the purchase at $160. The shoe may be in the higher price range classification but there is no denying that it is one of the most collectible sneakers ever created. Since this shoe was designed for a big man like Shaquille O’Neal, this shoe model is suitable for players playing the center position.

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Good to know

The Reebok Shaq Attaq is the first signature shoe of the famous dunker Shaquille O’Neal. Designer Judy Close took only four months to finish the project. The inspiration of the original colors was the silver materials usually used on swimsuits.

The shoe model was the first to use the Graphlite technology, which basically is a shank plate installed in the midsole. It is made of carbon fiber, making the shoe stiff yet light. It provides strength to the shoe.

However, the Shaq Attaq is reserved mostly for casual days nowadays. Reviewers say it does not make sense if new buyers play in  these classic basketball shoes and complain that the technologies and materials used don’t work out for them.

As an alternative, the LeBron James’s basketball sneakers from the Swoosh are highly recommended for heavier athletes because of the Max Air cushioning. King James’s sixteenth shoe with Nike comes with the Battleknit upper that can accommodate wide-footers without becoming loose over time.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the Reebok Shaq Attaq is from the Graphlite technology that is installed in the midsole. Graphlite is made of a very strong plastic fiber. It makes the shoe lightweight while providing excellent stability.

Traction. The traction of the Reebok Shaq Attaq comes from the herringbone pattern in the outsole. The material in the outsole is a guaranteed rubber for a dependable grip and lasting performance.

Length and Width. The Reebok Shaq Attaq comes in the standard width and length, and wearers are advised to go true to their sizes.

Lockdown. The flat laces of the Reebok Shaq Attaq can be adjusted to achieve the desired fit. The shoe model is the first to have the speed lacing system. The stylish eyelets are made of plastic. The Pump technology is used to customize the fit of the shoe. The technology in the tongue has an internal inflation mechanism providing a unique fitting cushion.

The upper of the Reebok Shaq Attaq is made for breathability and comfort. The mid-cut design provides more than enough ankle support.

The insole is removable and makes room for orthotics. This shoe has an injection-molded midsole which absorbs impact.

The Reebok Shaq Attaq has been around for over 25 years now. Yet, this iconic shoe model still makes heads turn because of its wide variety of colorways.

The upper is made of leather and mesh. The toe box is rounded. The exaggerated tongue is made of breathable mesh. Partnered with the eyelets are traditional flat laces. The upper part has the Pump P336 to alter the fit as desired.

On the insole is a line from English poet Rudyard Kipling that reads All men count on you, but none too much. On the lateral side is the Reebok callout. On the heel counter is Shaquille O’Neal’s dunkman logo.

Though the Reebok Shaq Attaq was Shaquille O’Neal’s first signature shoe, it was not his favorite Reebok pair. His favorite was the Shaqnosis. It was his fifth signature shoe that was released in 1995.

Whenever he wears the Reebok Shaq Attaq, he favors black over white laces.


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