Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials

Summer is here! It’s time to chill by the pool, hang with friends, and camp under the stars. But first, load up on summer essentials from Eastbay.

TEES AND TANKS

Nothing says summertime like bright T-shirts and tank tops. Graphic, patterned, mesh – you name it, we’ve got it. When you wake up and don’t want to spend time figuring out what to wear, it’s best to have a pile of go-to tees and tanks to throw-on and get out the door.

SHORTS

Whether humid or dry, the summer heat is unavoidable, and when the A/C just isn’t enough, you’ll be wishing you had more pairs of shorts so you’re not stuck sweating in your jeans. A light and breathable material is key for ultimate summer comfort.

SLIDES AND SANDALS

Now, some may argue that footwear has no place in a summer essentials blog since being barefoot is the ultimate summertime mood. However, some places require you to wear shoes, and when that’s the case, your best choice is a pair of slides or sandals. They’re a comfortable addition to your already-casual outfit and easy to throw on right before you head out the door.


Best Shoes To Match Your Personality

Best Shoes To Match Your Personality

Shoes say a lot about a person. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect pair of shoes for you. You want something that stays true to who you are. This personality quiz will dive deep into your thoughts, feelings, and quirks to find the perfect shoes for you.

Top 10 Back-to-School Shoes

Top 10 Back-to-School Shoes

It’s time to go from jumping in the pool to diving into the books, from swimsuits to school gear, and bike rides to backpacks. Starting a new grade provides the opportunity to express who you are and sport the brands you love through your clothing and more importantly your shoes! We’ve put together a list of the top 10 back-to-school shoes for this fall so you can look good and feel good all while rocking the latest trends.

Get ready to walk the walk this school year.

Women's adidas Originals Stan Smith -- White and Green

adidas Originals Stan Smith

True fashion never goes out of style, which is why the Stan Smith sneakers, though originally a favorite of tennis pros in the ’70s, are now a closet staple for everyone. A leather upper and rubber outsole provide durable comfort to last the whole school year.

Men's Nike Cortez -- White, Varsity Royal, and Varsity Red

Nike Cortez

Bill Bowerman’s first masterpiece – the Cortez – is a retro style perfect for your back-to-school look. The upper and outsole were built for traction and durability, while the midsole keeps your feet supported with a lightweight feel.

Men's Jordan Retro AJ1 Mid -- All White

Jordan Retro AJ1 Mid

The first AJ1 dropped in the ’80s with full-grain leather and the “Air Jordan Wings” stamped on the side. Since then, it’s kept the timeless look we love, but updated the rubber outsole with flex grooves to give you the durability and flexibility you need.

Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low -- All White

Nike Air Force 1 Low

The Air Force 1 has been a staple since it debuted as a basketball sneaker in 1982. Over the years, the shoe has stayed on-trend through various colorways and cuts, but one thing that’s remained the same is the iconic court style that’s built for a premium fit and feel.

Men's Nike Air Max 90 -- University Red and White

Nike Air Max 90

The running shoe created by Tinker Hatfield has evolved into one of the most iconic streetwear classics. Updated for modern style, the Air Max 90 is the perfect back-to-school sneaker. A padded ankle collar provides optimal comfort and support while a Max Air unit in the heel absorbs impact and makes you stand out among your classmates.

Men's Nike Air Max 97 -- White, Dynamic Yellow and Evergreen

Nike Air Max 97

The Air Max 97, inspired by earlier models, took the Air Max line to a whole new level. As Nike’s first shoe with a full-length Max Air unit, the 97 keeps your feet cushioned while the layered colors keep your shoe game strong.

Men's Vans Old Skool -- Black and White

Vans Old Skool

Step into the school year with style in this true throwback. Originally designed for skateboarding, the Old Skool quickly turned into a mainstream shoe. Its classic canvas-and-suede upper and the trademark side stripe complete your back-to-school look while giving your feet all-day comfort.

Men's Nike Air Max Plus -- White and Cool Grey

Nike Air Max Plus

If you’re looking for a shoe that’s all about the details, look no further. The Air Max Plus started as an experimental design in 1998 and has since changed the shoe game forever. This sneaker is wrapped with ribs for an edgy look and injected with Air technology for supportive cushioning.

Men's Nike Air Max 270 -- White, University Red and Vast Grey

Nike Air Max 270

The design of the Air Max 270 pays tribute to the original ’91 Air Max 180 with the exaggerated tongue and logo, but still brings a modern vibe with an updated look and elevated comfort. As the first Air Max shoe designed to be worn casually instead of for performance, the Air Max 270 is the perfect choice for an everyday sneaker.

Men's adidas Originals NMD R1 -- Black, Silver, White and Yellow

adidas Originals NMD R1

A breathable, flexible, and stylish shoe perfect for everyday wear, the NMD R1 was born from an inspired past and built for the future. This shoe has a tried-and-true silhouette and is the first lifestyle sneaker from adidas featuring the bouncy Boost midsole. Confidently stride into school with this popular Three-Stripe sneaker.

Festival Fashion

Festival Fashion

If you’ve ever been to a music festival before, the experience is one of a kind – the music is the sole factor tying people together. It has the power to turn strangers into friends and artists into idols.

They’re a getaway of sorts, allowing you to let loose and live in the moment.

Sounds perfect, right? It is, if you’re prepared. All it takes is blisters on your feet, sunburn on your shoulders, or a lost wallet and, suddenly, the moment of carefree bliss becomes chaos.

But with a little preparation, and the correct festival fashion, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying food, friends, and music.

Top Festival Fashion Clothing

Clothing

When choosing the best festival clothing, here are the important things to remember:

  • Light Layers: If you’re an all-day festival goer, layering is key. This helps you beat the heat during the hottest part of the day and stay warm after the sun goes down.
  • Comfort Over Couture: If you enjoy dressing in high-fashion runway outfits, more power to you. But be sure to seriously consider the pros and cons first. By your second trip to the bathroom, you may be wishing you had an easy, comfortable outfit instead of something covered in zippers, buckles, and straps.

Top Picks For Men: Lacoste Graphic Jersey Croc T-Shirt, Mitchell & Ness NBA Swingman Jersey, Nike Woven Flow Shorts

Top Picks For Women: Nike Summer Fun Crop T-Shirt, Champion Streak Dye Cropped T-Shirt, adidas Originals Animal Print Cropped T-Shirt

Top Festival Fashion Shoes

Footwear

Arguably, footwear is the most important aspect of festival fashion. First-time festival goers often make a mistake when it comes to footwear. Learn from this. You’ll be on your feet all day, standing for sets and walking from one end of the festival grounds to the other. You want to look fresh for Instagram-worthy pics, but there are options that can make you look good without hating yourself at the end of the weekend. With the right shoes, you can make a fashion statement without compromising comfort.

Top Picks For Men: Vans Old Skool, Nike Air Huarache, Jordan Retro 7

Top Picks For Women: Nike Air Max 720, Nike Air Force 1 07 LE Low, PUMA Cali

Top Festival Fashion Accesories

Accessories

With the right clothing and shoes your outfit is good to go, but to be truly festival-ready, you need accessories, something to makes you stand out from the crowd without feeling like an unnecessary prop. The perfect festival fashion accessories are a blend of fashion and function.

  • Hats:With styles to match any outfit, a hat can be a wonderful accessory. In the heat of the day, with the sun right above you, a hat can help protect your face from sunburn. Hats can also help you see better – there’s nothing  worse than the sun in your eyes while you’re trying to watch your favorite artist perform.
  • Socks:Socks may not be an accessory you instantly associate with festivals, but they can be an easy way to stand out and let your personality shine. (Though you may want to consider the possibility of a tan line depending on the sun and how much it hits your legs.)
  • Bags: Your bag choice is not a decision to be taken lightly. Before you purchase one, go online to the festival’s website to see if they have bag restrictions. Sometimes bags are required to be within a certain size limit, or they have to be clear/see-through. Once you find that information, you’re ready to shop for the perfect bag. Remember, you’ll want your hands and arms free so you can dance without restraint.

Top Picks For Men: Nike SB Icon Snapback Cap, Stance Increase The Peace Crew Socks, Vans Ranger Waist Pack

Top Picks For Women: adidas Originals Clear Waistpack, Champion Classic Twill Script Hat

Now that you have the best clothes, shoes, and accessories, you can enjoy the festival worry-free. Get lost in the music, dance with strangers, and make memories. After all, that’s what summer is all about.


Rapper Shoes: Which Artists Need Their Own Signature Shoe

Rapper Shoes: Which Artists Need Their Own Signature Shoe

Perhaps no form of music associates itself with the fashion industry, specifically shoes, more than hip-hop/rap. As a result, there is a history of rappers collaborating with sneaker companies to design their own unique shoes. However, there are plenty of artists out there who have yet to tackle such a project, so we created a list of the top ten rappers, who we think would create something interesting, and paired them with a shoe, we think they could really do incredible work with. 

Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame x Nike Phantom Venom Elite (10)

Waka is the elder statesman of the list having been in the public conscious for the longest amount of time, and he is still one of the most recognizable artists. He has strong connection to sports, frequently showing up to his hometown of Atlanta’s professional soccer team and is regularly seen balling with other rappers. I’d personally like to request that every time someone takes a step, the shoe screams “WAKA”, “FLEX”, or “BRICK SQUAD.” Let’s take his love of soccer and pair him with a soccer cleat. The Nike Venom Phantom Elite is one of the premier cleats available, and letting Waka bring the taste of Atlanta, home of one of the premier soccer teams, to the cleat seems guaranteed to be fire.

6LACK

6LACK x Vans Slip On (9)

One of Rolling Stones “Ten New Artists You Need To Know” in 2016, 6LACK is one of the newest up and coming artists. He’s already made an impression having been nominated for several Grammy’s. He was most recently nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance for his song “Pretty Little Fears” which featured J. Cole. His style isn’t the flashiest. You’ll never read anything about an extravagant outfit he wore, and his music often focuses on serious emotional issues. Though he brings a completely different vibe I think it would be interesting to see what he would do with a pair of shoes-specifically the Slip On’s-which can feature a simple monotone color or extravagant patterns. Would 6LACK go in a direction that resembles his music, or might he change it up and give us something loud and boisterous.

 

French Montana

French Montana x Timberland (8)

We’re getting a little foreign flavor up in here with French Montana. The Moroccan-born artist has carved out a successful rap career since immigrating to New York City with his family when he was 13. A lover of oversized fur coats and brash beats, French has displayed some interesting fashion choices in several of his music videos. He also has adopted several exotic pets including two tigers and a monkey. Since French hails from NYC, we thought it would be best to pair him with the classic Timberland boots. The hope being that with his background, he could bring a little foreign flavor to the project while remaining true to some of the elements that make Timberlands iconic.

Migos

Migos x adidas Originals Stan Smith (7)

Is there a bigger act in music right now than Migos? I’d accept Drake and possibly Travis Scott, other than that I’m not sure anyone has a stronger hold on pop culture at the moment. It’s probably more likely that one of either Quavo or Offset gets a deal to do some collaboration, but I would love to see the entire group work together with a brand. They embody the south better than anybody else on this list, and there is no doubt they would bring a flair to any project they work on. I mean have you seen the “T-Shirt” music video? What more do you need? Let’s give these guys a pair of Stan Smith’s from the adidas Originals collection. This is the perfect group to bring some southern flavor to one of the most popular shoes around. There is sure to be plenty of odes to Atlanta’s long and storied rap history, and some nods to the well-known southern football culture.

Logic

Logic x adidas Originals NMD R1 (6)

Logic has been churning out a ton of new music over the past year releasing, the mixtape Bobby Tarantino II and his fourth studio YSIV. His albums and mixtapes are always an interesting experience and often feature snippets of conversation dealing with popular culture or philosophical elements. He’s featured Neil Degrasse Tyson, characters from Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, and worked with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to create his hit song 1-800-273-8255. Even his album covers are unique with their hand-colored feel. Logic’s interests go beyond music, though, as he has been featured in Netflix’s Rapture, Rick and Morty, and has his own YouTube channel dedicated to discussing his favorite video games. Logic’s eclectic tastes in certain pop culture elements would serve him well with a pair of the adidas Originals NMD R1. He could experiment with different types of prints on the upper as well as a mixture of colorways along the outsole. If he could find a way to imprint his playful personality onto the shoes, they could be a real hit.

Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper x Vans Old Skool (5)

Chance hasn’t really been heard from in a minute, but he is well deserving of being here. One of the most respected and influential artists, Chance is synonymous with his hometown of Chicago. His penchant for mixing jazz and gospel elements into his songs helps give his music an uplifting tone. He has been active in the fashion industry working with several major brands including Nike and adidas originals. He also has gained experience in design although that is mostly with hats. Despite his work with top brands, his style has been consistently unique and has clashed with what is considered traditional hip-hop fashion. We thought pairing Chance with the Vans Old Skool was the best match. While they are very popular, they are still a relatively uncommon shoe among mainstream rappers. We could possibly see Chance bring a nostalgic vibe featuring plenty of bright, vibrant colors. He could also try and tie some of those jazz and gospel flavors into the shoe.

Young Thug

Young Thug x adidas Originals Superstar (4)

There is perhaps no rapper with a more eccentric fashion taste than Young Thug. Known for his unique music style that breaks from any sense of traditional rap, Thug might be the most interesting rapper around. He is frequently seen with his fingernails painted, has stated most of his wardrobe consists of women’s clothing, and rocked a dress on an album cover. If you can find another rapper with a more unique than him, more power to you. Thugger’s varied fashion interests and past work with adidas inspired us to give him the Superstar. Seemingly any design he imagines is likely to be loud and over-the-top, and adidas, as evidenced by their partnership with Kanye, are a good bet to give him a long runway to be as creative as he wants.

Rae Sremmurd

Rae Sremmurd x Reebok Classic Leather Ripple (3)

Our second rap group makes the list. Maybe unsurprisingly, the two brothers from Mississippi have developed staying power since coming onto the scene in 2015 with No Flex Zone and their debut album Sremmlife. They have an endearing sound that appeals to a large swath of people, a willingness to experiment (Swae Lee dropped a Christmas song), and perhaps most importantly, an interesting fashion sense. Slim Jxmmi is out here rocking a pink fur coat and ski goggles like he’s prepared to hit the slopes at any moment, and Swae Lee looks like a mix of Romeo and a matador on the cover of SR3MM. Imagine if they brought that energy to a pair of the Reebok Classic Leather. The brothers signed with Reebok back in 2017 but haven’t turned out a signature shoe yet. Allow them to bring a new, different vibe to a classic sneaker to create a cultural hit.

21 Savage

21 Savage x Dame 5 (2)

The Saint Laurent Don gets the number three spot. The nickname kind of spells out why he’s up here. Saint Laurent was a famous French fashion designer, and his line of high-end fashion is quite popular. (If you have a couple grand lying around, I would suggest checking it out. If not, there is this place called Eastbay where you can find a lot of great stuff for much less.) It would be interesting if Savage tried to bring his love for top-class fashion and blend it with a more athletic or casual shoe. I will say, if he were to do a shoe and he didn’t put a dagger on the tongue of the shoe, I might shed a tear. How about pairing 21 with someone who can be an absolute savage on the court, and musically talented off it? Someone like Damian Lillard and the Dame 5. The Dame’s are designed first and foremost for performance on the basketball court. However, if 21 could incorporate some high-end fashion elements it could really take the shoe to the next level.

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino x adidas Ultraboost (1)

This is your friendly neighborhood reminder that pretty much anything Gambino does turns out pretty well. Acting? Yep, pretty good at that. Directing? Gives us one of the best shows on television. Comedy? Pretty funny. Rapping? Easy money for him. He is not only one of the most creative artists around, but one of the most creative people around. Watch the This is America music video and tell me different. However, he almost didn’t make the list though since he signed a deal to partner with adidas Originals back in September. Since he has yet to release his own signature shoe, we decided it would be acceptable for him to be on the list.

Gambino is a revolutionary creator, so he gets a revolutionary sneaker, the adidas Ultraboost. The Boost was born out of a desire by shoe designers to break boundaries and outdo themselves. It would be in excellent hands with Gambino who pushes every project he works on to the next level. Another positive aspect of this hypothetical partnership is that given the Boost is still a relatively young shoe, there won’t really be any traditional design elements that he will have to adhere to. Leaving him free to get radical.