words // Nick Engvall

Scottie Pippen court side at the Bulls vs. Heat game.Since most of the sports world this week is focused on the NBA Playoffs, digging through the Eastbay Memory Lane archive, was undoubtedly going to result in a basketball oriented visit this week. Considering that former Chicago Bulls great, Scottie Pippen, has been seen court side in nearly every game of the Chicago run this year, revisiting one of his famous sneakers was a no-brainer. The 7-time All-Star signed on as a team ambassador prior to the season, and although his game time attire won’t see him wearing any of his legendary sneakers, fans and sneaker collectors will never forget his on court footwear.

In May of 1998, the Eastbay Catalog was filled with unforgettable basketball sneakers but Scottie Pippen’s second signature shoe seems to stand out the most on the page below, maybe even over Michael’s Jordan 13. The Nike Air Pippen II stand out for some because of Pippen’s on court performance but for others the combination of Max Air in the heel and Zoom Air in the forefoot, combined with the smooth lines of its design, made the Pippen II irresistible.

While Scottie finished out the 1997 Playoffs in the Zoom Air equipped Pippen I, the second signature was a more sleek design and lighter weight than the first. While the Bulls inspired White, Varisty Red and Black combination was easily the most memorable and most popular, the White, Varsity Royal and Black was also a solid color makeup. Pippen’s second signature may have been great, but taking a look at the other releases of the era, there are plenty of epic sneakers to choose from. From the Jordan Pro Quick, Team Jordan, and Jordan XIII, to the Air Max Uptempo, Air Penny III, and Air Garnett, obviously 1998 was a good time to be into sneakers.


May 1998 Nike Basketball - Eastbay Memory Lane