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Deconstructed of the ANSWER V

Allen Ezail Iverson’s sneakers have been talked about by almost everyone and they are also deeply loved by many people. However, notwithstanding that, the retro versions are criticized by almost everyone, which is quite to the contrary. So are there DMX  cushions in the retro version? Let’s take a look at the structure of the retro version of the  ANSWER V in 2019.

Separating the left shoe in the middle, the structure of the shoe is clearly shown in front of us.

Then let’s take a closer look at the inside of the vamp by separating the vamp from the midsole. As can be seen in the picture below, there is the thick lining which is connected with the vamp by stitches, making it fit our feet much better.

And on both sides of the tongue there are elastic nylon straps which are used to increase the wrapping performance. This design is quite simple though, it is actually very practical.

Below is the cross section of heel.

With respect to the insole, it is quite meaningful. On the insoles are printed with Iverson’s silhouette, which is monumental.

The flannelette material in the midsole can increase friction with the insole, thus preventing slipping.

In the image below, we can see the so-called DMX airbag that adopts the multi-chamber design, between which the air can flow freely.

The DMX that is made annular in the front is located at the stress position of the phalanges and is connected to the heel airbag through a Y-shaped structure.

The two air chambers are connected, but the middle part is relatively hard, which makes it easier for air circulation.

The DMX airbag of size 42.5 shoes is about 191.86 mm long. It is 74.96mm wide and 5.08mm thick in the front foot, and 43.78mm wide and 7.05 thick at the heel .

The TPU stabilizer in the arch covers a large area and the upturned design brings more stability.

As usual, I measured the TPU and collected all the related data. The outer length of the TPU stabilizer is about 164mm while the inner length is about 126 mm, and the TPU is about 3.83mm thick.

The material printed with the “DMX” is actually a rubber strip that fits together with the TPU.

For the outsole, the pattern designed this way can offer more grip which is essential on courts.

The forefoot (midsole + outsole) is about 17.96 mm thick whereas the heel (midsole + outsole) is about 28.53mm thick.


The retro version of ANSWER 5 in 2019 has met the needs of most fans in terms  of its appearance. Although the shortcomings do exist, it is beyond question that this pair of retro version is still nice with respect to its overall  performance. But there is also a problem that is a bit bothering for me. That is the air cushion that I can not feel obviously, which is quite a different experience from the original version. So as a loyal fan for many years, I hope the brand can restore the original setups as much as possible so that more shoe fans can also experience the classic shoes, which I am sure is also heartfelt wish of many people.