Traction – Looks can be deceiving and this holds true in this particular situation. Despite its smooth & flat surface, the Reebok Question offers some very good traction as long as the outsole is kept clean. It would be interesting to see how a solid rubber version would do on-court since some of the older Air Jordan models featured fairly similar surface areas and performed quite well on debris filled courts.
One thing I found strange was the peeling rubber. It is only featured in the high-wear areas (heel and ball of the foot) and did not hinder their performance but it makes one wonder how long this surface would last.
Overall, whatever you can throw at them they can handle… unless you aren’t consistent with wiping the bottom.
Cushion – Hexalite is featured at the heel (can’t feel anything at the forefoot so I will assume there isn’t anything but foam) and this feels great. It absorbs impact in the targeted impact zone while the foam midsole will offer much of the same yet on a broader scale.
The insole is the best feature – in my opinion – and best of all, you can remove it so this is an ideal insole for other sneakers once you wear through the Question. My original insole from years ago had been used in every single sneaker once my Questions fell apart… ended up wearing them to the point where there was no forefoot remaining.
Material – I love the materials used. It’s rare to find a performance shoe that still features a full grain leather upper which is why some people prefer to hoop in Retro models. While it’s great for me, others may not enjoy it so much as it does not retain its shape over time like a newer synthetic would. This is where personal preference will come into play; those who prefer synthetics can have synthetics while those who prefer leather, Foamposite or any other material you can think of can have that as an option as well.
Fit – These fit true to size length wise and offer a bit of width along the sides which isn’t noticeable until you lace them up completely. Periodic lace adjustments were pretty much required throughout games as the materials inability to retain its shape caused the fit to loosen up a bit.
Lockdown is a hit or miss. The forefoot is perfectly fine but the heel doesn’t quite get the job done. Over tightening of the laces helps but then you end up pitching a nerve which will bring some numbness to your foot… not something you wish to have happen while playing ball. If the top lace loop was placed lower and further back that may have helped with the heel fit but if you wear a brace that should take up any dead space you may run into and that will help you out a bit.
Ventilation – This is clearly not a strong suit for most 90’s sneakers. The thick mesh tongue is nicely padded (which I love) but it does come with some setbacks such as its lack of ventilation. Luckily not all is lost as they have perforated the inner lining so there is some place for heat to escape… it’s just not very significant.
Support – Most of the support comes from the overall fit along the upper which would be perfectly fine had the wonderful leather been able to retain its shape. In addition, the Hexalite pods featured along the midsole and the exaggerated humps cage your foot a bit keeping the foot stable at the base of the shoe. Unfortunately that isn’t quite enough since the stable base and unstable upper don’t really work hand-in-hand.
Overall – When searching for a performance shoe, your personal preferences come into play more than anything else. There are going to be obvious ‘good’ performers but everyone has their own likes, dislikes, needs and wants. This is my personal all-time favorite sneaker to hoop in and some may agree while many others may disagree. The scores below obviously do not reflect my personal opinions – as they shouldn’t – and there are many higher caliber performance models available on the market but these happen to suit me quite nicely.