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SHOE TEST '03
 
WEAR: Answer 6 Mid Basketball Shoe 

Manufacturer: Reebok 
Price: around £90
Use: Indoor
 

The Pitch: Big in Black. What AI wears. So it must be good?

The Look: This is the hip-hop shoe du jour. Sleek, black and under-stated, it comes off the mean streets frequented by the Angelic Allen and onto the court. 
 

The Shoe: According to Reebok, Reebok Answer 6 features an injection moulded mid-sole and a polyurethane sockliner with a heel cage in between. Now the idea of that is to bring more support in all areas but the result is a lack of flexibility. For running, it feels heavy and for soaring like Iverson.. well, you can't. 

Cushioning is a further bug bear. It's heavy to land on - no air, no rubber, just a sturdy grip, which is likely to jolt over time. It also lacked ventilation due to the lace cover. Small thing but noticeable after two hours of sweaty endeavour.

The Verdict: AThis was due to be an improvement on much-maligned The Answer... it wasn't. It looks great for strutting around but this has not got game. Reebok, must do better.

Rating:  6/10
 

Test by Marcus Campbell