Happy Birthday to the GOAT

Happy Birthday to the GOAT

If you’re a sports or sneaker fan, then Michael Jordan has undoubtedly had an impact on your life. At Eastbay, sports aren’t just our job – they’re our passion. In honor of Michael Jordan’s birthday, we asked a few of our teammates to share their MJ memories.

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Check out what they had to say and let us know your favorite memory or favorite shoe using the comments section below or by finding us on Twitter.

Brandon Martin, Marketing Coordinator

“The first pair of sneakers I bought with my own money were the Jordan Retro 11 ‘Space Jam’ during my senior year of high school in 2009. I had to have them! Space Jam was my favorite movie as a kid and I remembered having the shoes when they initially released.”

Brandon’s favorite Jordan: Jordan Retro 11 ‘Concord’

Benjamin Emanuel, Graduate Associate – Brand Marketing

“My favorite Jordan shoe (that I can remember – my mom said she got me baby Jordans) was the all-white Jordan Team 10/16. I have been a fan of shoes since I can remember, but when I saw my brother get the Jordan Team 10/16 for basketball, it really solidified my love for Jordan shoes. Since that first Jordan shoe, I have owned over 50 pairs and most of them were Retros. The shoes led me to read Michael Jordan’s biography, pick him as the subject for school projects, and choose to root for North Carolina.”

Benjamin’s favorite Jordan: Air Jordan 11 ‘Defining Moments’ pack

Krystal Anthony, Vendor Marketing Manager

“There are two things that my dad and I have in common: our passion for sports and kicks. In 2001, a couple of weeks after my birthday, my dad and I went to the mall to buy the Retro 3 ‘True Blue.’ I wear a grade school size 5, so normally we could go to the mall after the rush on release days and still get the shoes, but this release was different. We drove and called around without any luck. I was disappointed because I wanted to wear them to school on Monday with everyone else. Fast forward to Monday, around the second period I got a called down to the office. My dad was there with the shoes in hand and the t-shirt to match with a huge smile. #ClutchLikeJordan

Krystal’s favorite Jordan: Jordan Retro 11 ‘Columbia’

Ben Schumacher, Marking Manager

“I was a die-hard Jordan fan growing up. He is by far my favorite athlete ever. My entire bedroom growing up was covered in Jordan memorabilia and every night from the time I was 6 until I moved out for college, a life-size cardboard cutout of MJ stood two feet from my bed. I’m pretty sure I wore nothing but a Jordan jersey all of elementary and middle school. My most memorable Jordan moment is unfortunately a bad one. On the way home from a family vacation when I was in middle school my dad surprised us with tickets to a Bucks/Wizards game in Milwaukee. This would be my one and only chance to see MJ play in person. We were at a restaurant prior to the game. I watched in horror as the ESPN ticker revealed that MJ would not be playing due to ‘rest.’ I was devastated. I still think about this moment all the time and it immediately comes to mind as one of the biggest ‘misses’ of my sports life.

Ben’s favorite Jordan: Air Jordan 1 ‘Banned’

Trenton Bodin, Graphic Designer

“The Retro 13 ‘He Got Game’ became my favorite shoe after having it as a child, plus using the Black Panther as inspiration and that being my favorite animal brought it all together. Another favorite of mine is the Retro 11 series with the all-black gamma 11s being my favorite. I used to play basketball in the Space Jam 11 when that originally came out. I also became a big fan of MJ when he came out with a golf collector set that came with golf balls with MJ’s face on them. My dad purchased it for me back when I began golfing when I was a young child and I still use the collector bag to hold all my extra golf balls and tees.”

Trenton’s favorite Jordan: Retro 13 ‘He Got Game’

Kedrick Williams, Social Media Strategist

“My most memorable MJ moment was when I met him for the first time at his birthday party during All-Star Weekend in New York in 2015. He complimented me on my shoes as I was rocking the Statue of Liberty 10s a few days before they released, so I’ll always remember that shoe. My 1st Jordans were the Retro 5 ‘Fire Red’ as a newborn and I had every pair that released after. My mom started this addiction that I still have yet to shake.

Kedrick’s favorite Jordan: Retro 16 ‘Ginger’

Katie Rosenberg, Content Strategist

“In the ’90s, my Milwaukee Bucks had Glenn Robinson, Vin Baker, and Ray Allen. Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway made the Orlando Magic cool. My home state’s Green Bay Packers had Brett Favre at the helm and even the Wisconsin Badgers had one heck of a run with Ron Dayne. The ‘90s were chock full of sports moments and Michael Jordan was a shining star in the sports world milieu.

During that time, my older brother, Jack, was an unabashed Michael Jordan fan. He had the posters, the t-shirts, the hats, the book, and of course, the shoes. I begged my mom to get whatever shoes he brought home and he had a significant collection because he had an after school job at Eastbay.

He had every Jordan but my favorite was the Air Jordan VIII in the playoffs colorway. You can see him wearing them here during his high school graduation party, while I made very bad life decisions. I like to think I would have been wearing my matching VIIIs but unfortunately, I was banned from wearing the same thing at the same time, especially since this was his party. They didn’t survive the abuse I put them through but I made sure to snap these up when they came back in 2013.”

Katie’s favorite Jordan: Air Jordan VIII ‘Playoff’

Jack Rosenberg, eCustomer Care Manager

Growing up in Wisconsin during the ’80s and ’90s, Michael Jordan was larger than life. Whether it was sticking our tongues out every time my friends and I played basketball or singing the iconic “Like Mike” Gatorade song, we were hooked.

My neighbor was the first kid I knew who owned a pair of Jordan’s – Air Jordan 1’s in the Bull’s colorway. I was jealous. I have worn nothing but Jordan’s ever since. When I started working at Eastbay, the first Jordans I bought were the 60+ series in the Atlanta Hawks colorway. I eyed up them for so long and was so happy when I finally got them. They go down as my favorite!

Jack’s favorite Jordan: Jordan 60+

Luke Karban, Marketing Manager

MJ was on everything growing up. McDonald’s commercials, Nike commercials, Gatorade commercials. My first memories of the NBA are watching the Bulls vs. Suns in the NBA Finals. I remember watching the flu game, the Bill Russell pushoff, and MJ taking it to The Glove. His “Wanna Be Like Mike” commercial summed it up best. MJ is associated with greatness and we all want to be great.

Luke’s favorite Jordan: OG AJ 1s and 11s

Happy Birthday to the GOAT. Thanks for the memories, MJ!

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

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 Banned Pack


Inspired by defiance, the AJ XXXI is setting the new standard for the next generation of high-flying, gravity-defying athletes, like Russell Westbrook. The versatile AJ XXXI is built for the game’s best athletes with lightweight materials, lockdown support, and FlightSpeed technology that provides explosive bounce and a smooth ride. The AJ XXXI will launch in a black-and-red color scheme, paying tribute to the AJ 1 and continuing the ‘Banned’ legacy. Like the AJ 1, the AJ XXXI is a game-changer that defies expectations. Men’s $184.99, Grade School $159.99.


The ‘Banned’ AJ 1 stormed onto the scene during Michael Jordan’s rookie season. The black and red color scheme violated a league policy, resulting in a $5,000 fine each time he stepped onto the court in the sneakers. Like Michael Jordan himself, the ‘Banned’ AJ 1 defied expectations and norms. Michael’s game – and the shoe – were revolutionary. The AJ 1 set the gold standard that the Jordan Brand was built upon. Men’s $159.99, Grade School $119.99.

adidas Harden


The Onix/Gold/Maroon color scheme is another James Harden PE, built for the game’s best creators. The shoe is stacked with technology that was designed specifically for Harden’s game, allowing him to maximize the athleticism that makes him so difficult to guard. A secure fit, deadly traction, and great responsiveness combine to help you put your defender on skates. Men’s $129.99.

Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High OG ‘Sport Blue’

Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High OG ‘Sport Blue’

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words // Brandon Richard
images // Darrell Martin

The Air Jordan 1 KO was originally released in 1985 to compliment the leather Air Jordan 1 game shoe. A lightweight, yet durable canvas upper gave the shoe a casual feel, while retaining the classic look.

This weekend, the Air Jordan 1 KO returns, this time featuring a black canvas base with sport blue accents. The look mirrors the popular ‘Royal’ colorway of the Air Jordan 1.

Grab a pair of these classic Jordan shoes at Eastbay for $140 this Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

More Air Jordan Release Dates

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Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High ‘Bulls’

Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High ‘Bulls’

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words // Brandon Richard
images / Mary Hoffmann

Originally released in 1985, the Air Jordan 1 KO (or AJKO) was one of the most sought after pieces for sneaker collectors. Somewhat of an anomaly, the shoe is a canvas-constructed version of the Air Jordan 1, complete with Nike Vandal tooling that has a concentric circle design outsole with anatomical flex grooves. In 2010, Jordan Brand decided appease loyalists with the first ever AJKO retro. Since then, we’ve seen a few additional runs of the classic, the latest kicking off here this weekend.

Tomorrow, you’ll be able to get your hands on the original ‘Bulls’ colorway. The shoe takes on Chicago’s famous white, red and black scheme, highlighted by OG-style ‘Nike Air’ branding on the tongue in place of the modern Jumpman.

These Jordan shoes will release here tomorrow for $140 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

More Air Jordan Release Dates

Available 3/15: Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High ‘Bulls’

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Air Jordan 1 Retro ’94 ‘Anthracite’

Air Jordan 1 Retro ’94 ‘Anthracite’

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words // Brandon Richard

Jordan Brand continues to bridge the gap between models of the past with the release of the ‘Anthracite’ Air Jordan 1 Retro ’94.

The shoe, of course, takes design cues from the Air Jordan 10 and applies them to the iconic Air Jordan 1 silhouette. This pair features an anthracite leather upper with black along the tongue, eyestay, collar, pull-tab and midsole. Bright hits of red provide pop on the laces, inner lining, Wings logo and outsole.

We’ll release these Jordan shoes tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Available 1/25: Air Jordan 1 Retro ’94 ‘Anthracite’

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