Reebok has officially confirmed the rerelease of its Question Mid “Why Not Us?”. A bring back of the black-toe model issued by the brand in 2006, the sneaker was most notably worn five years earlier by Allen Iverson during the historic 2001 east-west exhibition in which he earned MVP accolades after leading his team to an improbable comeback victory. The Question Mid “Why Not Us?” ($140) is available beginning March 6 in full-family sizing exclusively from Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and Footaction, as well as via Reebok.com.
“Everybody was saying we couldn’t win because of our size,” recalled Iverson during the post-game press conference. “It’s about the size of your heart. Coming into the fourth quarter, we were all sitting on the sideline saying: ‘Why not us?”.
On the shoulders of Iverson and his 15-point fourth-quarter scoring surge, the east stormed back from a 21-point deficit in the game’s final nine minutes, defeating what was a daunting western lineup led by Shaquille O’Neal and the league’s biggest stars. It was one of the greatest underdog comeback performances in basketball history and the first east-west showdown decided by a single point since 1977.
During the game, Iverson sported an unreleased, unnamed black-toe pair of his signature Question Mid. Five years later, in 2006, Reebok would bring the silhouette to market under the moniker: “Why Not Us?”.
Like many of his iconic signature Reebok sneakers, Iverson’s Question Mid “Why Not Us?” is remembered as so much more than a basketball shoe – it’s a beacon for the underdogs and, like A.I., a symbol of adversity and triumph.
The Question Mid “Why Not Us?” is available beginning March 6 in full-family sizing exclusively from Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and Footaction, as well as via Reebok.com.