6.13.11

Eastbay Memory Lane: 1998 Basketball Shoes

words // Nick Engvall

Last night the Dallas Mavericks grabbed their first NBA Championship by defeating the Miami Heat. Of course, the Finals are bittersweet for fans of the NBA because it means a couple of months of going without meaningful basketball to watch. This year however, much like the NFL is experiencing a lockout that is preventing the players from getting back on the field, the NBA is also buzzing with similar rumors that foretell the possibility of an even longer off-season. With that in mind, one of my favorite, long and pretty much forgotten, silhouettes from the late 90’s is what inspired this week’s Eastbay Memory Lane visit.

1998 was highlighted with some great basketball shoes. From this page in the February of 1998 catalog alone, the Grant Hill signature line from Fila was still one of the hottest out at the time, and the shoe formerly known as the KB-8, now called the adidas Crazy 8, was putting “Feet You Wear” on everyone’s radar. Another Feet You Wear model, the adidas Equipment Real Deal had adidas near the front of the pack in the race for lightweight, but there was one ironically-named shoe that grabbed my attention more than most back in the day.

The adidas Lockout was one of the lightest shoes around back then. Although its name has nothing to do with the current state of affairs the NBA is facing, the Lockout, somehow stuck in my mind through the years and made a return to my mind when looking ahead at the future, and thinking back to the past. adiPRENE cushioning and the popular Torsion System helped make this reasonably priced shoe tip the scales at just under 13 ounces, which would be impressive even by today’s standards. While the Lockout might not have stuck in everyone’s memory, silhouettes like the aforementioned KB-8, and other adidas shoes like the Elevation Mid and Artillery Mid, should give a blast from the past for you as well.

Now, hopefully this is the only Lockout we see for the next few months.

 

adidas and Fila Basketball Shoes 1998

 

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15 Comments

  • I used to have those Real Deal Mids…Antoine Walker’s shoe. ha.
    My friend used to have the Hill IVs.

    these were good times.

  • I had the Grant Hill III’s and IV’s. MAN, i’d love to be able to grab the III’s for that $39.99 price!

  • 3ong:

    kb8, equip elevation & real deal, fila hill 3 & 4. love those silver hill 4s.

  • jr_lyon:

    My all time favorite Adidas the black Eqt. Elevation!!!! Wish I still had my pair! Never had any Grant Hills but if they ever retro again I’ll buy em all.

  • TheGonzo:

    i want the swipes!!

  • Promoman:

    I had a pair of the Real Deals. They’re one of the best pairs I’ve ever played in. I missed them when retroed a few years back. I’d kill for a pair of Grant Hill IIIs, IVs, and black EQT Elevations

  • Maton909:

    Them Hills are clean, I had the white Hill 3’s. Fila gotta retro all Hills, Stackhouse, Mashburns and Webbers.

  • Jason:

    wtf happend to Filas basketball lol..

  • chris:

    Adidas real deal is the best basketball shoe i’ve ever worn. I had the white blue ones back in the day and then i picked them up again when they retro’d a couple years ago. I wish Adidas would blow out more colors on them like they did this year with the Crazy 8’s and the NCAA tourney teams…please please please!!

    btw…i still have my eastbays from this era, shoes just had more personality back then.

  • 23MIKE24:

    @MikeDestructive man you were too quick! I wanted to be the guy to name drop Antoine Walker. Hot shoes, though.

  • lightningstrikes:

    i want the equipment elevation! 0.o used to have those playing back in college

  • Sn3aker_H0lic:

    wow I wish I still had my Grant Hill’s… even though they wouldn’t fit now!

  • CharlesT:

    Wow! I want those III’s for 39.99, still remember those (and the IV’s) like it was yesterday!

    I really like the bold placement of the stripes on the Real Deals, FYW platform/tooling was really quite something huh?

  • Jake:

    Why does Fila not retro every basketball shoe they released in the 90’s? All of the above plus the “Stackhouse II” and the beloved “Fila Bubbles”!!! They must huge in soccer in Europe because Clinton was president the last time Fila released a fly sneaker.

  • Jake:

    Why does Fila not retro every basketball shoe they released in the 90’s? All of the above plus the “Stackhouse II” and the beloved “Fila Bubbles”!!! They must be huge in soccer in Europe because Clinton was president the last time Fila released a fly sneaker.

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