I have owned several pairs of Questions over the years, but never really utilized them for the reason they were created until now. The shoe is comfortable, but there are other alternatives that are out there that are better. The collar around the ankle area is padded and doesn’t use any hard or rough material so there is no stiffness or scratchy feeling along the ankle when you put the shoe on. The Question was one of the Reebok’s first shoes to use the Hexalite cushioning system. This system uses a lightweight elastomer shaped in a honeycomb like design which is incorporated into the midsole and is strategically placed in areas where the most impact is likely occur. You can feel the Hexalite immediately when you put the shoe on, but I found that it can only be felt in the heel area. Just by looking at the shoe from the side you notice that the Hexalite is present in the forefoot as well as the heel, but for some reason its presence is not felt in the forefoot. There is definitely some room for improvement in the forefoot cushioning.
The Question is cut higher than most of shoes we have seen in recent times, but the high cut provides a great feel of support. One of the biggest problems with the shoe is the oversized tongue. The extra padded tongue provides a good feel against your ankle, but the size and bulkiness of it makes it hard to tie the shoe up tightly. If the shoe is not tied tight enough it leaves a big open area around the ankle which could make you more susceptible to ankle injuries. Once you get past the battle with the tongue and get the shoe tied, it fits well and provides a good fit. After playing a few games, the laces start to loosen up a bit which affects the stability and fit of the shoe. Also, when the shoe gets looser the tongue shifts from side to side. I found myself untying and retying them after each game just to be safe.
The tread pattern of the Question doesn’t provide much traction. The pattern consists of large curved grooves cut into a completely smooth translucent outsole. The shoe performed well indoors, but not so well in outdoor conditions or dusty courts. It definitely would have helped if Reebok incorporated some more ridged grooves into the midsole rather than leaving it completely smooth. I did not feel a problem with movement within the shoe, but as I stated previously; it all depends upon tying the shoe snug and tight. I have heard people complain about that the Question gives a rather “bulky” feel due to the wide midsole, but I actually felt that it provided more stability and support.
There is no denying that the Question is easily one of the sleekest and most well designed basketball shoes of our generation, but the shoe does lack the performance elements of other shoes on the market today. Keep in mind this shoe was created over 10 years ago so it did not utilize some of the great technological advances that we presently see in basketball footwear. It’s fair to say that even though the shoe could be better from a performance standpoint, it is still sufficient for players of all levels to still be able to wear them today. I previously mentioned that the Question has been re-released countless times so there are far too many colorways to list. The shoe is currently available in a variety of colorways on Eastbay.com as well as Finishline. Each of these retailers carries their own exclusive colorways so be sure to check out all your options before purchasing a pair. If you plan on getting some, now is a better time than ever because most colorways have been marked down to prices as low as $49.99! Not bad for a timeless design!!!
Colorway Tested: White/Baby Blue
Tested on: Hardwood & Asphalt
Comfort & Cushioning: B