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!

Sole Shots: Friday, December 10, 2010

Sole Shots: Friday, December 10, 2010

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010

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You may feel like you’ve seen a lot of the Air Jordan XIII recently. That’s probably because you have. In recent months, we’ve seen the Bin23 and “Flint” colorways hit retailers. Tonight, the highly popular “Altitude” Retro 13 makes a return, and two previously un-retroed original colorways are due out shortly afterward.

The Air Jordan XIII was originally released in 1997. Designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, the shoe was based on a Black Panther theme because of a nickname Jordan received by close friends. The famous pods used for the sole of the Jordan XIII are reflective of the paw pads of an actual panther. The XIII was also a special shoe because it was the first Air Jordan released by the Jordan Brand as its own separate entity. In 1998, Jordan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time scoring list and won his sixth (and last) NBA Championship.

With so many Jordan Retro 13s set to drop in the coming weeks, let’s take a look at photos of the classic sneaker taken by members of the Sole Collector forum. Included are photos of the original “Altitude” colorway that will release tonight as well as the White/Red pair that will be available on December 18th.

Available Tonight: Air Jordan Retro 13 –  Black/Altitude Green

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - [///M DYNASTY][///M DYNASTY], Maryland

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - G2C DesignsChris Morris, G2CDesigns, Wallingford, Connecticut

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - BryantDIGITALBryantDIGITAL, Lansing, Michigan

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - Ryan.Ryan Ramkissoon aka Ryan., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - Air Butchie ProductionsAir Butchie Productions, Pasadena, California

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - UncleUncle aka UnclesFoto, Toronto Canada

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - max 4610max 4610, Bay Area, California

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - FIREPOWER23FIREPOWER23, England

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - boyNERDboyNERD, San Jose, California

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - GotaluvdemjsGotaluvdemJ’s, Queens, New York

Sole Shots: December 10, 2010 - tatkiekotatkieko, New York City, New York

If you’re interested in submitting your photos for Sole Shots, e-mail us at eastbaysoleshots@solecollector.com. Please include your name and location with your submissions. You also have the option of providing us with a link to your online photo album or website to link back to when we post your work.  You do not have to be a registered member of Sole Collector to participate.

Sole Shots: Friday, December 10, 2010

Sole Shots: “Flint” Air Jordan XIII Spotlight

Sole Shots: "Flint" Air Jordan XIII Spotlight

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While the strength of the Air Jordan line was always the Chicago Bulls colorways, Nike would always come up with an “oddball” colorway that typically dropped sometime around NBA All-Star Weekend. Some of these unlikely releases include shoes like the “Obsidian” XII, “Columbia”  XI, “Aqua” VIII and “Bordeaux” VII. Also part of that group is the “Flint” Air Jordan XIII that first hit stores on February 14, 1998. Though MJ didn’t break them out for the All-Star game that season, the shoe became an instant hit, and is arguably the most popular Jordan XIII colorway. After first being re-released more than 5 years ago, the “Flint” XIII will make its heavily anticipated return next Friday, and you’ll be able to pick up a pair here at Eastbay.

The “Flint” XIII has undergone some slight modifications over the years, but still maintains most of the characteristics that made the shoe a smash back in 1998. To celebrate the shoe’s 2010 return, we’ve gathered some “Flint” XIII photography from members of the Sole Collector forum. Included in the group are the releases from 1998, 2005 and 2010. Even a few baby sizes make an appearance! Check out the photos below and show some love to these talented individuals.

Remember, the “Flint” Air Jordan Retro 13 will be available here on Friday, November 26th. In the meantime, you can prepare for the release with some Air Jordan Retro 13 apparel.

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - BugsBennyBugsBenny, Melbourne, Australia

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - boyNERDboyNERD, San Jose, California

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - dalazzDale aka dalazz, Trumbull, Connecticut

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - G2C DesignsChris Morris, G2CDesigns, Wallingford, Connecticut

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - gottaluvdemj'sgotaluvdemj’s, Queens, New York

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - gstbmnLuis Garcia aka gstbmn, Brooklyn, New York

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - quicksterPat Lauder aka quickster, Gilroy, California

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - SoleFresh23SoleFresh23, Bay Area, California

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 – ReidSBReid Glaze aka ReidSB, Dallas, Texas

Sole Shots: Friday, November 19, 2010 - feet on firefeet on fire, Hollywood, California

Sole Shots: November 19, 2010 - sol3add1ctsol3add1ct, Bay Area, California

Sole Shots: Friday, November 19, 2010 - FIREPOWER23FIREPOWER23, England

If you’re interested in submitting your photos for Sole Shots, e-mail us at eastbaysoleshots@solecollector.com. Please include your name and location with your submissions. You also have the option of providing us with a link to your online photo album or website to link back to when we post your work.  You do not have to be a registered member of Sole Collector to participate.