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These Replica Gov’t Issued Basketball Sneakers Are Choice

Featuring a water-resistant Ventile upper.


Buzz Rickson is a company that produces some of the most exacting replicas of vintage workwear and military garments. Produced exclusively in Japan, the brand spares no details when re-creating classic 20th-century garments and footwear. A prime example of Buzz Rickson’s expert manufacturing is its U.S. Government Issue basketball sneakers. A replica of the shoes issued by the military in the ‘70s, they feature anodized steel eyelets, a natural rubber sole and period-appropriate midsole glue markings.

The brand is now offering the style with a water-resistant Ventile upper in both olive and black colors. Available in sizes 7 to 10, they’re priced at $250 and come in a vintage-inspired box. Since they run about a half size bigger than vans, size down when ordering.

Buy Now: $250 (Black)Buy Now: $250 (Olive)

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