Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on their newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to in the opening weekend of 2016:
Jordan Retro 4 ‘ALTERNATE 89’ – Saturday, Jan. 2 at 10 AM ET
If you love the Air Jordan 4 and were hoping for an alternate Chicago Bulls colorway, then 2016 is your lucky year. The Retro 4 ‘Alternate 89’ is the first of many alternate colorways Jordan will be introducing. Waiting for this drop may have tested the patience of many longtime sneakerheads (they’ve been begging for these for years), but it’s better late than never! The best part about this drop is that the shoes are available in Men’s through Toddler sizes. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $59.99.
Under Armour Curry 1 Low ‘Friends & Family’ – Friday, Jan. 2 at 10 AM ET
Ever wanted to be part of an exclusive club? Well, here’s your chance. The Curry 1 ‘Friends & Family’ was originally released only to Stephen’s inner circle (hence the ‘Friends & Family’ moniker). However, now you can become part of that elite group, as the shoe will be available to the public tomorrow. The gold accents and chunks of golden glitter inside the clear sole scream “legendary!” Men’s $109.99.
Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Blue mirror’ – Thursday, Dec. 31 at 10 AM ET
The first Nike Air Foamposite One was released way back in 1997. Almost two decades later, Nike is still producing the shoe, due to its unceasing popularity. The colors may have changed, but the whole of the shoe remains the same. Their newest twists on the ‘Blue Mirror’ shoe are the outer mirror shell, the mesh tongue, and an icy, translucent sole that encapsulates the frigid winter months. You can get it today at Eastbay. Men’s $274.99.
Nike LeBron 13 ‘Black lion’ – Friday, Jan. 1 at 10 AM ET
Everyone knows the lion is the king of the jungle, but what about the basketball court? LeBron James is tipping his crown with another great Nike release: the Nike LeBron 13 ‘Black Lion.’ The gum sole is buried in black for a street-like feel, but the shoe maintains the same trusted performance that basketball forwards are used to. Being king isn’t easy, but man, it sure must be nice. Available tomorrow in Men’s through Toddler sizes. Men’s $199.99, Grade School $159.99, Preschool $89.99, Toddler $59.99.
Nike Kyrie 2 ‘Inferno’ – Friday, Jan. 1 at 10 AM ET
Kyrie is catching fire now that he’s back on the court, and so are his shoes! Since the Kyrie 2 hit the shoe scene, it’s been making noise with its unique “full-floor” underfoot feel. Combined with some really great, never-before-seen colorways, the Kyrie 2 is now a sneakerhead staple. If you haven’t pulled the trigger on a different colorway yet, the classic black-and-red scheme is coming in full ‘Inferno.’ Men’s $119.99, Grade School $99.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $54.99.
Jordan Melo 12 – Saturday, Jan. 2 at 10 AM ET
Unmatched comfort, pinpoint precision, and superior breathability — that’s what 8-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony looks for in his shoes. Nike submitted the M12 specifically to Melo’s standards, and paired it with true standout style. Even if you’re not hitting the hardwood this winter, you need to cop these so you can break them out in spring. Just look at those soles! Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $59.99.
Nike Air Force 1 ‘High Chocolate Brown’ –Saturday, Jan. 2 at 10 AM ET
As part of Nike’s “Color of the Month” revival, they’re dropping an inverted color scheme of the ‘High Chocolate.’ It’s a predominantly cocoa brown shoe with a white swoosh, white midsole, and white laces. Brown is definitely for the bold, but if you’ve got the confidence to pull it off, you’ll definitely need these in your street style collection. Men’s $119.99.