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From his early DIY days making luxurious python skin alterations to sports jerseys to his recent collaborations with top-tier sneaker companies, Eric Emanuel’s eponymous streetwear brand has always found its primary inspiration in athletic wear. In his short career, the youthful designer has seen a meteoric rise to dizzying heights of industry appreciation with fans that include the new guard of international superstars. Now he’s gotten the go-ahead to recreate Allen Iverson's iconic Reebok silhouette, the Answer V.
While Emanuel says he appreciates sportswear more than actual sports, he has also gone on record expressing his lifelong appreciation for Iverson. “I don’t have a moodboard,” Emanuel told Hypebeast. “But if I did, Allen Iverson would be on there.”
One of the most controversial and polarizing figures in sports, Iverson's rebellious attitude and off-court antics were rivaled only by his formidable skills and prowess on-court. The first overall first pick in the 1996 draft, Iverson won rookie of the year in his debut season and was an 11 time All-Star in his 14 year career in the NBA. He was voted MVP in 2001 and inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2016.
Now, in celebration of the shoe A.I. wore throughout his MVP year, Reebok has teamed up with Eric Emanuel for a bold gold colorway that's almost as flashy as Iverson himself. Constructed from leather and wrapped in synthetic silver overlays, the shoe is finished off with DMX Flow cushioning and subtle branding modifications that replace the traditional "I 3" logo with an "I EE," to commemorate the collaboration.
Reebok x Eric Emanuel Answer V
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