Yesterday Packer Shoes unveiled their take on the Reebok Kamikaze II, along with their entire Heritage Capsule with Mitchell & Ness. The collection features the Kamikaze II, a snapback, a tee, and a jersey all inspired by the 1996 NBA All-Star game. Accompanying the beautiful images above was a piece-by-piece breakdown of the collection written by Packer Shoes, and it can be seen below.
Not to be confused with the 4.2 acre complex located downtown San Antonio… The Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness “Remember the Alamo” heritage capsule collection pays tribute to 1996 Western Conference NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp and the pivotal role he played in arguably one of the most entertaining NBA All-Star games played in the history of the annual weekend celebration.
Though the East beat the Western squad 129 to 118, Kemp finished the game with a modest stat line (12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block and assist) which included an assortment of high-flying alley-oops and fast break dunks, the drawing factor was the flamboyant uniform he donned that spectacular evening. At the time the jersey was ridiculed by some for its loud colors and obnoxiously large “Chili Pepper” logo (representing the wild Chiltepin chile pepper grown in San Antonio). Ironically, almost 2 decades later, those same features and the legacy left behind by that weekend’s main event have made the jersey one of the most sought after by many.
Thus when the opportunity of doing our own take of Shawn Kemp’s iconic 1996 signature basketball shoe (the Reebok Kamikaze II) presented itself, finding inspiration for such a collaboration was a no-brainer. While the white/navy “All-Star Game” edition Reebok Kamikaze II (re-released earlier this year) Kemp wore IS a classic shoe, it was a rather stark contrast to the swanky design of that years’ ASG jersey. With that in mind, we decided to take a “Why turn down when you can TURN UP” approach in this project…
Conceptualized by our own staff, we are proud to introduce the Packer Shoes x Reebok Classics x Mitchell & Ness “Remember the Alamo (1996 NBA All-Star)” Heritage Capsule.
PACKER SHOES x REEBOK “REMEMBER THE ALAMO” KAMIKAZE II:
Exclusive to Packer Shoes, the RTA Kamikaze II is constructed primarily with a cyclone gray pigskin suede, with contrasting steel-gray tumbled leather & powder blue nubuck along the entire upper. Additional details include the reign man-font “1996″ stitching below the laces with Packer Shoes x Reebok “Chili Pepper” vector logo on top of 3M reflective tongue and heel and “Chili Pepper” Ortholite insoles for additional comfort.
PACKER SHOES x MITCHELL & NESS “SHAWN KEMP” CARICATURE T SHIRT:
Exclusive to Packer Shoes, this premium tee is constructed using 100% heather gray cotton. Features Shawn Kemp Caricature wearing the 1996 all-star game jersey and “Remember the Alamo” Reebok Kamikaze II.
PACKER SHOES x MITCHELL & NESS “1996 NBA ALL-STAR” HARDWOOD CLASSICS SNAPBACK:
Exclusive to Packer Shoes, this is a complete reproduction of the original 1996 NBA All Star game snapback released that year. Features include “chili pepper” logo on the front with Mitchell & Ness script branding on the left side and black “1996 NBA All-Star” stitching in the rear with an additional reference patch stitched on the inside displaying the location, date and final score of that years NBA All-Star Game.
PACKER SHOES x MITCHELL & NESS AUTHENTIC “SHAWN KEMP 1996 ASG” HARDWOOD CLASSICS BASKETBALL JERSEY:
Exclusive to our store, we take pride in introducing this extremely limited edition authentic jersey as it is an exact remake of the original one worn by Shawn Kemp in that years’ game. No expense was spared in re-introducing this baby. Constructed using high-quality cotton mesh with all logos, jersey number and Kemp’s name hand stitched. Additional heritage cues include the February 11, 1996/Shawn Kemp Hardwood Classics patch stitched in the lower left corner of the jersey for authenticity.
Look for the PACKER SHOES x REEBOK x MITCHELL & NESS “REMEMBER THE ALAMO (1996 NBA ALL-STAR)” Heritage Capsule to launch Friday, August 2nd in-store and online exclusively at Packer Shoes.