Release Report: Two Retros, Four NMDs Drop This Weekend!

Release Report: Two Retros, Four NMDs Drop This Weekend!

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 the 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 this weekend:

JORDAN RETRO 12 LOW ‘PLAYOFFS’ – FEBRUARY 25 AT 10 AM ET

Outfitted in the classic ‘Playoffs’ colorway, the Jordan Retro 12 returns this weekend in low-top form. It features a black upper with a white overlay and outsole for a clean look. A red Jumpman logo on the tongue and a red “23” on the heel complete the look. If you love the Retro 12 look but have been waiting for a low-top, here’s your chance. Men’s $169.99, Grade School $129.99.

JORDAN RETRO 8 ‘ALTERNATE’ – FEBRUARY 25 AT 10 AM ET

Jordan’s ‘Alternate’ collection digs into the archive for colorways that were created back in the day, but never actually made it to the production stage. The newest addition is the Retro 8 ‘Alternate’ which will be released in a new white, black, and red colorway this weekend. Let us know what you think about the ‘Alternate’ addition in the comments section! Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.

ADIDAS ORIGINALS NMD RUNNER – FEBRUARY 24 AT 10 AM ET

Not one, not two, not three, but four NMD Runners drop this weekend, so if you’re looking to cop a pair of one of the hottest shoes around, you might be in luck. Triple-white, triple-black, and triple-red versions of the NMD all will be available on Friday morning, but you’ll want to act fast. We expect these to sell out quickly. A black-and-white NMD will also be available. All-red and all-black shoe $139.99, all-white and black-and-white shoe $129.99.

Eastbay Solemates: It’s Shoe Love

Eastbay Solemates: It’s Shoe Love

We’re first attracted to a shoe for many reasons. Maybe it’s the eye-catching design, the bright colors, or the sleek lines. We stay committed to that shoe because of how it makes us feel. There’s an undeniable chemistry there.

In keeping with the romantic spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Eastbay copywriters present Solemates, a love letter to each of our favorite kicks. Our collective advice to you: when you find a pair of shoes you truly love — your solemate — lace them tight and never let them go.

Trent: adidas Alphabounce

Let’s just say I’m very picky when it comes to choosing a pair of shoes. Call me crazy, but when I finally settle down with a pair, I become extremely loyal to that shoe. Some could say I almost become obsessed. When I’m looking for a new pair, they better be versatile, strong, and in it for the long haul. The minute I saw the adidas Alphabounce, I knew this shoe was destined to be a companion of my feet for a long time.

The cheetah print tongue and heel, the bounce cushioning that makes me feel like I’m walking on clouds, and the black and grey colorway that matches with anything — this shoe is the ideal match for me. For the past few months, I have worn these shoes to the gym, in a five-mile race, around the house, and even to work. Yet these shoes still look like they are brand new, something you’d be hard-pressed to find in my closet. Let’s just say you can bet I will be sporting these kicks for the foreseeable future, my friends.

Brianna: ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 Comic Pack

I’ve never believed in love at first sight. That is, until I laid eyes on ASICS’ Comic Pack.

I first learned about these shoes roughly a year before they hit the market. Usually, this insider knowledge feels like a perk of the biz. This time, it meant a terrible test of patience. But as they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder.

A year later, when I finally lifted my pair out of the box, I felt the earth shift. My two worlds collided. Shoe lover, meet comic nerd. A truly dynamic duo.

As we jogged off into the sunset together, I realized that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus is more than just a pretty face. It’s a solemate and true running partner, softening the blows that pop up on this long road called life. They’re my perfect fit, and I’ve never felt so comfortable.

Our favorite date? Movie night. I lace these up for every superhero movie I attend, and it’s fair to say we’re quite the (super)power couple.

Chris: Jordan AJ 1

The Air Jordan 1 is where my sneaker obsession began, and nothing will ever compare to it in my opinion. The shoe changed the game forever and is so essential to today’s sneaker culture. The AJ 1’s history alone is enough to make any basketball fan fall in love, but on top of that, it’s just a super clean shoe that never goes out of style.

Other colorways might be more historically important, but my favorite is the AJ 1 ‘David Letterman.’ It was inspired by MJ’s appearance on David Letterman’s show, fresh of Jordan’s 63-point performance in the playoffs. The insole features a microphone graphic with the words “On Air’ to tie into the theme.

It is the perfect example of sports history and pop culture colliding, which is exactly what Michael Jordan, basketball, and sneaker culture has done ever since. I’ve ventured off to other Jordans and other brands, but I always come back to where it all began.

 

Lauren: adidas Originals Stan Smith 

I want you all to meet my solemate, Stan. He’s been with me for only six short months, but I love him dearly. Stan was born in 1973, but age is just a number, and like fine wine, Stan gets better each year.

He fits me perfectly, which is why we were destined for each other.  We both enjoy long walks to any destination I want to go (Stan always lets me go wherever my feet will take me). Stan also complements so many of my outfits, so we always look great together.  His rose gold accents fit my personality to a T — shiny and bright. With his timeless style, I think we’ll be together for a very long time.

Jake: adidas NMD Runner

The adidas NMD Runners have been one of the hottest shoes for the last year or so now, so there are a lot of great colorways I could choose from. But if most of their colorways are a slam dunk, the all-white ones are a blindfolded, behind-the-back, jumping from the free throw line jam.

The stretch mesh upper keeps my feet cool and dry, the leather heel tab locks my foot into place, and the Boost cushioning turns my comfort up to 11. But let’s be honest, the best part about this shoe is that it just looks so clean! When I step outside in these during a hot summer day with the sun shining down, a chorus of angels will probably descend from the heavens to bless my every step.

Looking For Your Own Shoe Love?

Check out our full selection of shoes in every sport, style, and brand — your perfect pair is waiting. Then, tag us on Twitter and Instagram to show us your #solemate

The Year In Review: Eastbay’s Top Launches Of 2016

The Year In Review: Eastbay’s Top Launches Of 2016

At Eastbay, we pride ourselves on offering the hottest shoes from the best brands. We are your go-to destination for all the biggest releases. As 2016 comes to a close, let’s look back at the shoes that took the sneaker world by storm.

adidas Originals Yeezys

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This year’s Yeezy season was hotter than ever. We restocked the popular ‘Pirate Black’ colorway of the Boost 350. Later, Kayne West and adidas shocked us with the release of their 350 Boost V2 in the Beluga colorway, followed by the release of not one, not two, but three V2s at one time! And we can’t forget about the 750 Boost in the light brown colorway either. That wasn’t all — one of the biggest hits for this Yeezy season was the Boost 350 Cleat and the black/white V2s. With instant sellouts and surprise releases, the Yeezy made 2016 a year to remember for all of us at Eastbay.

adidas Originals NMD Runner

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One of adidas Originals’ biggest hits this year was the release of their NMD Runner. Every colorway we dropped sold out almost instantly. Why was this shoe such a big deal? It was new and unlike anything we’d seen before. The striking combination of shapes, angles, and materials redefined the shoe game as we know it. Toward the end of 2016 we saw some updates to the NMD with the addition of fabrics, cages, and more. Will it be just as hot next year? I guess we’ll have to wait and see what adidas Originals has up their sleeve.

adidas Ultra Boost

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One of the hottest kicks on the planet in 2015 carried over to 2016 and shows no signs of slowing down. The adidas Ultra Boost craze has reached a whole new level this year. The minimalist look and undeniable comfort give this shoe the effortless cool factor that everyone craves. And just when we thought they couldn’t get any better, adidas brought us the first colored Boost in its Uncaged models, making it an obvious choice for our top launch list. We saw red and black Boosts at the end of this year, unlocking so many opportunities for 2017.

Jordan Retro 11 – ‘Space Jam’  

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The most anticipated Jordan Retro 11 dropped this year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie “Space Jam.” Fans everywhere remember how Michael Jordan wore this shoe as he defeated one of his toughest opponents: the Monstars. This sneaker is considered one of the greatest Jordans ever, partly because of its connection to the film and because of its out-of-this-world look. Dedicated Jordan fans were able to get this hot sneaker and all of the Jordan Space Jam hookups, right here at Eastbay.

Jordan Retro 12 – ‘French Blue’

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The Retro 12 hit big this year with two major releases. Jordan lovers waited a decade for the release of the AJ 12 ‘French Blue’ and they finally got it. The silhouette, comprised of white tumbled leather and French Blue overlays, had everyone swooning, making a perfect pick for our 2016 list.

Jordan Retro 12 – ‘Flu game’

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Another Retro 12 dropped this year that brought back all of the nostalgia for Jordan fans. Everyone remembers the playoff series game when MJ put up 38 points, grabbed seven boards, and dished out five assists, all while sick with the flu. These shoes brought back that memory of MJ’s will to win and sealed this sneaker’s spot in our top launches of the year.

Jordan Retro 1 OG – ‘Banned’

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The ‘Banned’ AJ 1 originally stormed onto the scene during Michael Jordan’s rookie season and returned this year, making our list of top launches. The black-and-red color scheme violated a league policy, resulting in a $5,000 fine each time MJ stepped onto the court in the sneakers. Like Michael Jordan himself, the ‘Banned’ AJ 1 defied expectations and norms making it an obvious choice for our top launches of 2016.

Jordan Retro 3 – ‘True Blue’

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Rounding out our top launches of 2016 is the Jordan Retro 3 ‘True Blue.’ This sneaker became famous when MJ returned to the NBA to join the Washington Wizards. This highly-anticipated launch dropped on Black Friday after not being available since 2011. The all-white leather upper with cement grey detailing with blue and red accents complete its classic look Jordan fans crave.

Well there you have it — our top launches of 2016! If you hadn’t noticed, our list was dominated by two brands: Jordan and adidas. Will next year be the same? Can we expect more from Yeezy? What will Jordan be retroing next? Stay tuned in 2017 by checking our release calendar and our blog for the latest and greatest launches.

Happy New Year!