Monday, July 28, 2008

Versatile Ninjas

Here is an another colorway for the Union Versatility. Reebok has found a way to tap into new market opportunities with releasing distinct design, rather than trying to fit into bukatsu stereotypes as often presented by other companies.

This colorway is pretty aggressive when you think about bukatsu players wearing them in a relatively conservative bukatsu environment. During the 90's when I used to play, there was this incident where one of my teammates' shoes were stolen by the upper classmen just because they were black and too aggressive. That's how serious it was to choose what to wear in bukatsu because in Japan, "A nail that sticks up gets hammered down" was still true back in the day. But today is a whole new era, Ninjas no longer need to be unperceived, it's time for sneaker companies to step up their game in bukatsu designs.

This shoe was heavily focused on achieving maximum ventilation for bukatsu ballers who play all year round in a gym where there are no A/Cs. There is another version of this shoe made for speed player. I will post some pics, so stay tuned...




Friday, July 18, 2008

Reebok Answer XII Revealed

Reebok Answer marks its 12th year this year since the first release in '97. The new Answer XII was built for the player who was known as a star pointguard AND a star quarterback in Hampton, VA. This shoe represents what Iverson the QB would wear on basketball court. The way he plays basketball is not so different from the way he plays football.

"I'm a football player man, so contact is nothing to me... That's what it's about you know, that's what the (basketball) game is about." -Allen Iverson (from interview with ESPN).


"俺はフットボールプレーヤーだから、接触は俺にとってはなんでもない。そもそもそういうもんだろバスケのゲームは。” -アイバーソン(ESPNのインタビューより)。

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I was cleaning my pile of design CDs and found this graphic I did a while ago. I think it was around '03. At the time, I thought it came out pretty good for a first stencil I've ever done.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kicks for Ninjas

Bukatsu Versatility, the first reeboks engineered specifically for Japanese bukatsu ballers. I remember doing countless suicides and 3-man-weaves in Air Flight Light IIs and Air Swifts back in the day. I just couldn't do it in Asics or Mizuno's because I preferred American style bball. Japanese brands had reputation for creating comfortable shoes, but I believed nike air is what's going to make me fly higher. But it's '08, Reebok is doing it right this time. If I was still bukatsu-ing, I'd definitely rock these.


Monday, July 14, 2008

A.I.'s Casual Shoe

Some of you might already know, these are what Allen Iverson is wearing off court. Taking design ques from the original "Question", Allen's first signature model.


Answer X - Bubbachuck the Bulldog

4-time NBA scoring champ plays his heart out everytime he steps on the court. He is pound for pound, the toughest player in the NBA. This black gold Reebok was supposed to be on his feet if he had stayed with the Sixers in '07. You can see the glimpse of "bulldog" in this shoe, which was the inspiration behind this design.