Throwback Thursday: Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze IIA brief while ago we listed the Top 10 Signature Basketball Lines where Shawn Kemp snuck his way onto the list thanks in large part to this shoe – the Reebok Kamikaze II. Following the success of The Pump that first made its way to Reebok basketball sneakers in 1989, the brand did have some successful years between the days of the Pump and DMX (which came with the Reebok Answer I). The Kamikaze II featured the lightweight and quite comfortable Reebok Hexalite cushioning in the heel and forefoot.

Shawn Kemp experienced what many would argue to be his best season in 1995-96 averaging a double-double, putting up 19.6 points per game while snatching 11.4 rebounds. Kemp made his way to the 1996 NBA All Star Game and lead the Sonics to the NBA Finals but fell victim to the 72-10 regular season Chicago Bulls.

Reebok bought back the Kamikaze a few years ago in disappointing fashion with an added Pump that was not on the original and little-to-no marketing to support its release. One can only hope that Reebok will grant us a return of the Kamikaze II, but for now we will have to just sit, wait, and beg.

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Reebok Kamikaze II
Reebok Kamikaze II

Shawn Kemp wearing All Star edition Reebok Kamikaze II in 1996 NBA All Star Game
Shawn Kemp dunking in 1996 NBA All Star Game wearing All Star edition Reebok Kamikaze II

Shawn Kemp defending Michael Jordan in 1996 NBA Finals wearing Kamikaze II
Shawn Kemp defending Michael Jordan in 1996 NBA Finals wearing Kamikaze II

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40 COMMENTS

  1. These was hot when they came out Kemp was doing his thing in seattle before he gained all the weight in cleveland and orlando

  2. Pure genius design.
    i keep seeing these popping up mad cats have the og’s up for sale on myspace. Never my size though.
    Reebok just needs to retro these and the shaqnosis, reebok needs to backtrack to the 90′s -_-

  3. kemp was a monster on the court..!!! 96 finals by far on of the best ever played…u had pippen,jordan,kukoc,kemp,payton,schrempf,and many more all stars..
    but why is it that these havent been retroed..!!!!REEBOK GET ON IT !!!!!

  4. hands down one of the top 5 reebok sneakers of all time. so many of my friends had these, and they would wear the kemp sonics jersey with them. i’d like to see some kamikazi I’s pictures too

  5. I’m really lost as to why reebok is not retroing these. Other than the maybe 2% of the pumps they release absolutely blow. Theey have released the frank thomas and emitt smith kicks so these might be in the near future. Hopefully reebok gets with the program and releases these.

  6. The Reign man!! Being in Seattle around that time was the shyte main. Kemp and Payton were raw. Too bad they had to get ran over by the Bulls tho. It was kewl a time to be in Seattle. R.I.P Seattle Sonics…..and fuk the OK THUNDER!! (fo real)

  7. just shed a tear….thanks alot man….are these all your kicks you post on Thursday?…..will they please retro this shoe…my all time fav I prolly bought for 20$.

    WINDMILL

  8. This shoes go crazy, but i think the 11z tha jordan is wearing lookz betta. shady shoiwng kemp get balled on.

  9. These kicks are hot! I had a pair when I was in third grade ballin but I’m trying to find a pair right now!!!
    Whoever said these are Adidas is a moron

  10. All I can say is: REEBOK SHOULD REBUILD THIS KAMIKAZE!!
    The HOTTEST in the mid 90′s!!

    My bro had this Kamikaze way back in 1996, he quite rare to use and got torn by rat!! IDIOTS!!

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