Where to Buy the Reebok Question Mid “Kobe”
After the summer of 2002, Kobe paid a reported $8 Million dollars to get out of his adidas contract resulting in the biggest sneaker free agencies we’ve ever seen in the NBA. The stipulations of the buyout stated that Kobe couldn’t sign with another brand until 2003, meaning that during the 2002-2003 NBA season, Kobe Bryant — the biggest name in the game at that time, had no sneaker contract, and could wear any shoe in which he wanted to play in. Brands were fighting tooth-and-nail to secure the Mamba’s John Hancock for season 2003-2004, resulting in numerous PE issues sent to Kobe for consideration. One of the Holy Grails from that season, his Reebok Question “Yellow Toe” PE, was teased back in September last year by Allen Iverson and was originally set to release in 2020 — but now we can confirm that the release has been scrapped in honor of Kobe’s untimely and tragic passing.
@briansnadav has today given us a look at what would have been, including shipping-inspired packaging (addressed to the Lakers practice facility), sample hang tags, and an NDA that replicates what Kobe would have received back in the day. While it is shattering to think we can’t celebrate Kobe through something as special as this release, it is understandable from every aspect.
Update 09.25.20 // Though not much was said publicly about the shoe following the cancellation announcement, but footwear designer Frank Cooke, who had a hand in getting Reebok to produce to the long-coveted colorway, expressed optimism that it would eventually make its way to retail. Now, we have confirmation that’s indeed the case, as per Sole Collector.
This fall, Reebok will release an “Alternates” Pack featuring three shoes linked to alternate NBA uniforms. The “Yellow Toe” Question represents the Lakers’ Sunday whites. Another Question will be decked out in black and gold as a nod to the 1997 Philadelphia 76ers uniform change. There’s also a red and black Kamikaze II (debuted on the court by Montrezl Harrell earlier this month) that takes its cues from the late-90s Sonics alternate red uniforms. Lakers guard Quinn Cook debuted the “Yellow Toe” Question in the tunnel ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Update 11.01.20 // A first look at the special packaging for the Kobe Reebok Question “Yellow Toe” has landed. Paris were originally meant to be housed in a PE-style shipment box, just as they would have arrived at Kobe’s doorstep during his sneaker free agency (seen further below). But since the passing of the late, great Black Mamba, Reebok has reassessed the release to include a special 3/8 split box which read “The 2 Legends Last 4ever” Reebok Question Mid “Kobe”. The thematic is carried across to a Lakers-colored armband, and two wrist bands, with the box’s tissue wrap also following suit. Grab a detailed look at the pair and its boxing further below, and stay tuned for Reeboks plans for its release.
Update 11.14.20 // A release date for the Kobe Reebok Question “Yellow Toe” has been moved a day earlier to November 27th.
Update 11.28.20 // Sneaker-insider @childishpepe45 has confirmed a revised release date for the Kobe Questions: December 24th.
Update 12.24.20 // Expected to release today, December 24th, both retailers and Reebok.com have yet again pulled their drops from calendars. Further details should follow this week as to when the Reebok Question Kobes will finally release. Until then, enjoy an official look at the pair here below, and be sure to keep your eyes locked on our official Twitter account for updates.
Update 12.28.20 // FINALLY — Reebok has just confirmed the release for the Kobe Reebok Question “Yellow Toe” for December 31st at 00:00 am — that is, the midnight BEFORE New Year’s Eve. Pairs will be releasing in both Men’s and Kids sizing. If you are planning on picking up a pair on the day, make sure you head to our dedicated Reebok Release Calendar to set yourself a reminder for the drop!
Kobe Reebok Question “Yellow Toe”
Mens Style Code: FX4278
Kids Style Code: FX4286
Color: White/Yellow Thread/Ultra Violet
Release Date: December 31st, 2020
Where to Buy:
Reebok.com @ 00:00 am ET (Mens)
Reebok.com @ 00:00 am ET (Kids)
Finish Line @ 10 am ET
JD Sport @ 10 am ET
Shop Nice Kicks @ 10 am ET
DTLR @ 10 am ET
Shoe Palace @ 10 am ET
Foot Locker @ 10 am ET
Champs @ 10 am ET
Eastbay @ 10 am ET
Dick’s @ 10 am ET
UNDEFEATED @ 10 am ET
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