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.


The Best adidas Originals Gear for Football Players

The Best adidas Originals Gear for Football Players

Every athlete has a personal, unique style that they rock off the field. It gives them a chance to distinguish themselves from the uniform they wear every practice and game day. However, athletes from the same sport tend to have some similarities with their fashion sense. Today we’re showcasing the top 4 favorite adidas Originals gear that football players love to rock.

Trefoil Pullover Hoodie

Spring is in full bloom, but all that means is being constantly disappointed by the fact that it’s not warmer. Thankfully, this hoodie will block out that cold breeze without freezing your style. With a giant trefoil logo emblazoned across the chest and extending to the arms you’ll be sure to make a statement. Made with 70% cotton this hoodie is light and comfortable and perfect for any occasion. Plus, the simple, one-color design makes it easy to match with a ton of different outfits.

Santiago Duffel

This is the perfect bag for athletes everywhere to store their equipment and clothes. The main compartment is big enough for your cleats, clothes, and pads. Plus, there are two extra pockets on the sides for all the smaller stuff you have. This bag also comes complete with an adjustable shoulder strap, handles, and adidas branding. A bag is a necessary item to organize an athlete’s life, and there is no better one to get you from the classroom to the field and home again.

NMD R1

After a long practice with plenty of sprints, there’s no better feeling than slipping into a pair of comfortable shoes. Especially if those shoes are a pair of NMD R1s. The Boost midsole will feel like you’re walking on a cloud, and a slimmed-down design will keep you light on your feet. There are also plenty of options when it comes to picking which color you want. We’re talking over 40 unique colorways ranging from simple black and white’s to featuring every color in the rainbow. No matter what vibe you’re going for there is a pair of NMD R1s for you.

California T-Shirt

Sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go. The California T-Shirt is a classic shirt with contrasting stripes running down the shoulders and the trefoil logo sits right over the heart. It is made with 100% cotton giving you a smooth fit, and there are plenty of colorway options including a lot of bright, vibrant colors perfect for the summer season.

Top Nike Basketball Apparel

Top Nike Basketball Apparel

There’s a reason athletes like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving trust Nike with the design of their shoes and apparel. Nike has long held a reputation as one of the most innovative sport companies for athletes everywhere. As spring and summer approach, Eastbay has put together a list of Nike apparel that’s perfect to hit the court in while maintaining your style off it.

Nike DNA City Exploration T-shirt

Pick a city to represent and show out. Distinct designs for Atlanta and Chicago flex each city’s cultural ties to basketball. With a simple, clean design for Atlanta and a brash, loud design for Chicago, these t-shirts are sure to make a statement. If you’re looking for a little southern flavor, apparel inspired by San Antonio and Phoenix will be arriving soon. With heavy use of blues, oranges, and yellows, this part of the collection is bold and colorful.

Nike DNA City Exploration Shorts

Finish off your outfit by matching your City Exploration t-shirt with a pair of shorts from the same collection. With similar, complementary designs, no one will ever accuse you of clashing. These aren’t just off-court shorts – they are made with lightweight knit fabric that has the same Dri-FIT technology that Nike uses in a lot of its performance apparel.

Nike Flight Exploration Jacket

Looking to turn some heads? The Flight Exploration will be sure to draw attention to your style. Bold, bright colors are emblazoned across the front to give it a unique, bright look as summer approaches. The Flight logo is stitched onto the bottom part of the jacket and a giant “F” takes up most of the front.

Nike Flight Exploration Pants

If you’re going to get the jacket, you need to get the pants to match. They’re made with nylon to keep them light and flexible, and there’s a mesh lining that helps wick away sweat. The pants and jacket were inspired by the iconic 90s Flight Series, and are designed to have a loose, oversized look that pays homage to the decade.

Nike Pro 3/4 Compression Tights

What’s the best compliment you can give a piece of apparel? That you never think about it after putting it on. Whether it’s arm sleeves, shorts, or jerseys, you don’t want to have to think about what you’re wearing on the court. This is especially true for compression shorts and tights. The Nike Pro ¾ Compression Tights are perfect for wearing on the court. The fabric wicks away sweat to keep you comfortable and cool, while a higher waistband creates ease of movement and offers a nice level of support. All of these components come together to create tights you can put on and forget about.

Nike Sports Bra

The Nike Sports Bra is a must-have for every practice, workout, or game day. A racerback design allows natural movement while a snug fit gives athletes the support they need throughout the game. Even off the court, it’s perfect for your workout whether it’s arms, legs, or abs day.

Nike Elite Crew Socks

Socks are usually the last thing anyone thinks about when putting together a fit or getting ready for the game, but a good pair of socks can make a big difference —They keep you comfortable, protect your feet from calluses, and make sure your feet stay cool and dry. These are all things the Nike Elite Crew Socks do well, and with a wide range of colorways, it’s easy to match your uniform.

Nike Hoops Elite Pro Backpack

Basketball players can have a surprising amount of gear they need for each game. A good backpack is a necessity to organize your life and the Nike Hoops Elite Pro Backpack is designed with ballers in mind. Its main compartment can fit up to a size 15 shoe and there are plenty of other pockets for you to store other essentials.

Pro Approved Basketball Shoes

The most important thing for any basketball game or season is a good pair of shoes that you feel comfortable in and that complement your game but with so many different models and brands finding the perfect pair can be difficult. A great place to start is by browsing the shoes the pros trust on the court. You might want to start with the Jordan Why Not Zer0.3, Nike Kyrie 6, Nike PG 4, Nike LeBron 17, or the adidas Dame 6. The all-new KD 13 will be arriving in April as well with a brand new cushioning system and traction pattern. As you browse eastbay.com, make sure to look for the Pro Approved badge on items to know exactly what the pros are wearing on game day.

A Look Back: the Evolution of the Air Max 90

A Look Back: the Evolution of the Air Max 90

As sneaker social media continues to grow and evolve, the month of March has been dubbed “Air Max Month” by sneakerheads around the globe. The main reason for this phenomenon is “Air Max Day” on March 26 – a day Nike has chosen to commemorate the cushioning technology that changed everything. 

A single page of an old Eastbay catalog showing Nike Air sneakers, including the Air Max 90.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fan favorite Air Max 90. Thirty years ago, Nike launched a white, black, and bright red sneaker with a big Air Max bubble and a semi-covered Swoosh on the side. On the heel was a thermoplastic, heart-shaped tab with the patented NIKE AIR branding. Yet another stunning design by the young legend Tinker Hatfield, this third Air Max running sneaker quickly became a classic.

In 1990, the Air Max 90 originally retailed for $110 in several eye-popping neon colorways like ‘Laser Blue’ and ‘Radiant Red’. As the story goes, the sockliner featured an Air Max 1 outsole print debossed in it because Tinker Hatfield thought it was going to be the last shoe he ever designed. Like most of Hatfield’s designs, the sneaker was radical in every way and certainly was going to raise some eyebrows at first.

Over the years, Nike has re-released original colorways along with new AM 90s featuring a myriad of colors, different types of uppers, and a variety of sole swaps. Eastbay has always been the source for the Air Max 90, so here’s a look back at some of the colorways and model variations that helped make the AM 90 the cult classic that it is today.

After the initial drop in 1990, it took 12 years for the Air Max 90 to return. In ’02-’03, the AM 90 returned in the classic ‘Infrared’ colorway. Interestingly, the OG was never known by that nickname; it wasn’t until the first retro that they were referred to as ‘Infrared.’

In 2005, the Air Max 90 returned as part of the “History of Air” collection, which included the first official retro release of the AM 90 in the US. 

An old page of an Eastbay catalog showing different Nike Air sneakers and boots including Air Max 90.

In 2006, Nike released a completely new version of the Air Max 90 called the Air Max 90+ with a Max Air unit in the heel. It looked nothing like its predecessor but went along with the concept of the Air Max 180+ and Air Max 360 which were also launching that year. Additionally, the Air Max 90 ‘One Time Only’ featured the AM 90 upper with an Air Max 360 sole.

From this point on, the Air Max 90 became extremely popular and featured tons of different colorways along with updated all-leather uppers.

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In 2008, Nike dropped a premium version of the AM 90 with an ‘Ostrich’ print. They also released the Air Max Wright, which bore a clear resemblance to the AM 90 along with an Air Max LTD sole. Additionally, Nike dropped the AM 90 Current Hybrid, which combined the popular aesthetics of the Air Max 90 with the popular Nike Free sole and a full mesh build.

In 2012, Nike revamped the upper of the AM 90 again with the ‘Hyperfuse’ and ‘Engineered Mesh’ models. Both utilized the same sole with a modern twist of the upper.

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In 2015, a full winterized sneakerboot version of the AM 90 emerged, which was perfect for the cold and snowy months. In general, Nike has given the sneakerboot treatment to plenty of classic sneakers. It worked well with the Air Max 90, but many people in the sneaker community believe this model was slept on.

In 2017, designer Virgil Abloh partnered with Nike to release perhaps the most popular Air Max 90 of all time as part of his Off-White “The Ten” collection. The deconstructed model featured premium materials and plenty of interesting details that made it a new grail for many collectors.

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This year, Nike has brought back several OG-inspired colorways along with a new FlyEase model that features a flexible heel that collapses to allow for easy on and off access. They are also launching a brand-new sneaker called the Air Max 2090, which is inspired by the DNA of the Air Max 90. 

Over the past 30 years, the Air Max 90 has been retroed and reinvented time after time, which shows how beloved the model has become for sneakerheads around the world. It’s exciting to see that after 30 years, the AM 90 is still as fresh as ever. And to think, Tinker Hatfield thought it was going to be the last sneaker he’d ever design.


Check out Drew’s other Sneaker History blog posts, and don’t forget to follow his @nikestories Instagram account for more sneakerhead content.

Sneaker Valentines

Sneaker Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re a shoe lover wanting to give unique valentines, or you’re looking to impress a certain sneakerhead at school, you’ll LOVE our Eastbay sneaker valentines! View them below, and then click the “Download” button to print and share them with your friends.

Galentine’s Day: Shoes Make the Woman

Galentine’s Day: Shoes Make the Woman

February is known as the month of love since the romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day, is on the 14th, but the day before, Feb. 13, is just as important. In 2010, it was unofficially declared as Galentine’s Day, a day to celebrate your closest girlfriends.

So, in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve broken down the five popular personalities of every girlfriend group and paired them up with sneakers to match their style, because I’ve always been a believer that you can learn a lot about a person by the shoes on their feet.

Now, let’s get started…

The Mom Friend

Every group has one! And it’s like they say, if you’re not sure who the mom friend is, it’s probably you. You feel a special responsibility for your girlfriends and always want to make sure they’re happy and healthy. You’re the glue of the group, ensuring everyone is getting along and that drama doesn’t cause chaos. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone not having fun. You may get teased or faced with a sarcastic “oookay mooom” every now and then, but no matter how much they nag you, your kind heart is appreciated.

A FILA Disruptor II Premium sneaker in the Spanish Villa/Silver Peony/Dusty Pink colorway in front of a scribbled heart.

As the responsible mom friend, every action is carefully considered. You don’t make plans without checking with everyone in the group first, and you certainly don’t buy shoes without debating whether or not you really need them. Then, when you finally end up convincing yourself to buy a pair, they have to tick all the boxes: comfortable, functional, affordable. No matter how in fashion they are, you’re not shelling out money for a pair of thigh-high stiletto boots. Nah, instead try the FILA Disruptor II Premium. It’s a practical choice with comfort underfoot, an affordable price tag, and a chunky sole for durability. They’re the perfect casual sneaker for everyday wear!

The Wild Card

Aaah the risk-takers…you know who you are! You’re the one always pushing boundaries, and you have an appreciation for the dramatic. So, when the girls say they’re up for an exciting weekend, your mind immediately goes to over-the-top, action-packed activities. (Skydiving, anyone?) Sure, your spontaneous whims have caused you some trouble before, but that’s the fun of living life on the edge – you never know what’s going to happen!

A Nike Air Max Plus sneaker in the White/Hyper Pink/Black colorway in front of a scribbled heart.

The wild card is just as impulsive when it comes to sneaker shopping. Late nights and open web browsers are not your friend because chances are, if you “Add to Cart,” you’ll end up buying it before the night’s over. You may not even know you want something until it shows up in in a promoted tweet or in a YouTube advertisement. But when you want it, you’ve GOTTA HAVE IT! For you, I recommend a pair of Nike Air Max Plus sneakers. It’s got a flair for the dramatic with wavy ribs and eye-catching colorways. And, the dual Air Max sections add extra cushion so that you’ll be ready for every adventure that comes your way.

The Wallflower

*whispers* Hi!

You’re quiet, but not necessarily shy. You may only have four friends, but those four friends are some of your favorite people. You have opinions and a bright personality, but only the chosen few get to see it. If the girls want to group hang at the mall or the movies, you can be convinced to go, but if you show up and they’re not there – peace out. Even when you’re out and about, you like to blend with the background and observe others instead of being in the middle of the action, but when you get dragged out for a group dance you show the world that you know how to let loose and have fun.

A White Converse All Star Hi Sneaker in the Optical White/White colorway with a polka-dotted heart in the background.

When it comes to shoe shopping, some might call your style “boring,” but you prefer the term “classic.” Sometimes, in an effort to stretch your comfort zone, you try something flashy and new, but all you end up with is a headache from overthinking the whole thing. So, instead, you go with what you know will always be in style. When you find a pair of shoes you like, you wear ’em until they’re worn out and then buy a replacement pair knowing that they’ll be exactly what you want. This is why I’m sure you’ll love a pair of Converse sneakers. The style makes it a classic, standout look while the clean colorways keep you under the radar. Whether you like the hi-top version (pictured above) or prefer the low version, you can’t go wrong with these comfortable sneaks.

The Busy Bee

Two of your favorite words: new and now. If something’s fresh on the scene – you want it, and if something big is going down – you’ve got to be there, like yesterday! You’re always ready to spill the tea with anyone, seriously, you’ve never met a stranger! You don’t necessarily need to be the center of the spotlight, but you definitely don’t want to be left in the dark. Because of your high-energy vibe, you’re often a victim of FOMO. It just hurts your soul to know that people are having fun somewhere and you’re not there. You love hanging with your closest gal pals, but you have to check your schedule first since you’re always up to something – study groups, sports games, parties – what aren’t you involved in?

A Nike Air Vapormax Plus sneaker in the Bright Crimson/Pink Blast/Court Purple colorway with a heart outline in the background.

From the color of the year (Classic Blue, in case you hadn’t heard) to the latest trends, you want your style to represent the new and now, which is why I’m betting you’d love the Nike Air Vapormax Plus. These sneakers are bold, a definite conversation starter, and better yet, they’re a hybrid of both the Air Max Plus and the VaporMax so you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out on either.

The Oddball

My fellow weirdos! What’s up? There’s no denying you’re different, but you’re 1,000% okay with that. In fact, when I called you a weirdo a second ago you didn’t even flinch. You take it as a compliment to your individuality. You’re used to people giving you looks and judging you when you’re out and about because they have trouble seeing life from your perspective.

A PUMA RS-X Cubed sneaker in the Beetroot Purple/White/Purple colorway with a scribbled heart in the background.

When it comes to your sense of style, it’s just as unique you are. Life’s too short to follow a made-up set of fashion rules, so you do whatever you want. You don’t let fads affect your fashion. Sure, you might buy the latest kicks but not because they’re the latest kicks. You just bought them because they make you happy. So for you, I’ve chosen the PUMA RS-X Cubed. With a mesh upper and a layered look to mimic a puzzle, these vibrant kicks have plenty of personality.


Well that’s a wrap! How’d I do? Do the shoes match your personality type? Leave a comment below to let me know!

And if you didn’t like the recommended shoe, no worries – eastbay.com has so many more options; you’re sure to find the perfect pair.