Who should buy the Reebok Shaqnosis

This Reebok basketball shoe is a great match for you if:

  • You are looking for a durable pair that can withstand intense plays
  • You want a shoe that works great for running and hiking
  • You prefer a pair with excellent traction on any type of court

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Who should not buy the Reebok Shaqnosis

Basketball players complain that this pair has a stiff footbed and lacks ventilation. The Reebok Solution Mid is made from good and comfortable materials, while the Reebok Answer IV lets your feet breathe.

If wearers prefer a more modern basketball shoe, the Anta KT 4 is a great substitute. It doesn’t have the classy leather upper but it has knit, which is now on-demand for comfort. If new buyers would dive for a more modern kind of basketball shoe, the 33rd Air Jordan sneakers are a great alternative to the rather vintage Shaqnosis.

Support and responsiveness? Check

Many love the Reebok Shaqnosis’s responsiveness, which is brought about by the Hexalite technology in its midsole. This sturdy and lightweight cushioning technology features a honeycomb pattern that helps absorb impact.

Reebok Shaqnosis midsole

Several commented that the shoe has great arch support that delivers a good heel-to-toe transition, allowing no space for heel slippage.

Smooth performance on rough courts

Several buyers praise the shoe for its durable outsole; they say the rubber can withstand rough outdoor courts. This makes sense given that the Reebok Shaqnosis has a combination of wavy herringbone, circular, and zigzag patterns that work together to provide a good court performance and prevent slippage.

Reebok Shaqnosis outsole

Thanks to its thick and durable non-marking outsole and three flex grooves, many mentioned that this pair is flexible and stable.

Fits true to size

A lot of hoopers mention that The Reebok Shaqnosis fits true to size. However, a handful of reviewers say the shoe runs quite narrow and advise new buyers with wider feet to go half a size up.

Reebok Shaqnosis heel

No break-in time needed

A good number of basketball players claim that the shoe model does not need break-in time.

Reebok Shaqnosis laces

...but has a stiff footbed

A couple of shoe owners advise new buyers to add another insole to the shoe because they find the footbed stiff.

Reebok Shaqnosis insole

More than just a basketball shoe

Several athletes mention that the Reebok Shaqnosis easily goes beyond the indoor hardwood courts. They say that this pair performs excellently in other activities like running and hiking.

Reebok Shaqnosis collar

The Reebok Shaqnosis is built to last

Many basketballers comment that the Reebok Shaqnosis withstands intense plays on the court. Others share that the shoe still does not show any signs of wear and tear even after several games.

Reebok Shaqnosis toebox

Easy to maintain

A huge number of testers mention that the shoe does not accumulate too much dust and wiping is unnecessary during the game.

Excellent lockdown

Basketball players comment that the Reebok Shaqnosis delivers comfort and prevents ankle rolls. It does this through the traditional lace-up closure with seven pairs of eyelets and a high Achilles pad. Players may adjust the high-quality round shoelaces and tongue for a better fit.

Reebok Shaqnosis side midsole

The lockdown of these high-top hoop shoes is liked by a lot of users because of the comfortable foam inside the shoe.

Not breathable enough

The upper of the Reebok Shaqnosis is made of synthetic leather. There are perforations in the forefoot but, based on all the comments and reviews, this is not enough for the shoe to be breathable. At least not for the on-court action. 

Reebok Shaqnosis perforation

The beginning of the Reebok Shaqnosis

The original release of the Reebok Shaqnosis was during the 1995-1996 NBA season, and it was only in black-and-white colorway. This is the fifth signature shoe for the Big Man and is said to be his favorite from his entire signature line.

Reebok Shaqnosis back

Facts / Specs

Top: High
Signature: Shaquille O'Neal
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Features: Ankle support / Outdoor
Colorways: Black / Blue / Green / White / Red / Yellow
SKUs: FV2971 / FX3343 / GX2609 / V48350 / V51848 / V51849 / V51850 / V61028 / V61038 / V61196

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Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.