Eastbay Memory Lane // AND1 Stephon Marbury Mid – Winter 1996

Eastbay Memory Lane // AND1 Stephon Marbury Mid – Winter 1996

words // Brandon Richard

It’s been more than four years since we last saw Stephon Marbury on the NBA hardwood. After his reputation plunged stateside (maybe even unfairly), the man they call ‘Starbury’ took his game to China, where he’s restored his image and even become a Chinese Basketball Association champion.

Prior to relocating, Marbury made an impact on the stateside basketball footwear industry. Before launching his own low-priced Starbury brand in 2006, he spent most of his career wearing streetwear-focused brand AND1. His rookie sneaker in 1996 was the Stephon Marbury Mid, highlighted in today’s Eastbay Memory Lane.

Seen in two colorways, the Marbury Mid was a fairly bulky effort that featured a full-grain leather upper, reflective piping, an ‘S’ logo on the heel, AND1’s player embroidered on the lateral ankle, a molded EVA mid-Soul (see the play on words?) and a high density rubber outsole (and again!).

The Marbury Mid hasn’t been re-released since its initial drop, but does have somewhat of a cult following. I can personally tell you that the model was one of my school shoes that year and I wouldn’t mind seeing some kind of retro release for nostalgia purposes. Anybody else have fond memories of Marbury’s debut sig?

Eastbay Memory Lane // And1 Stephon Marbury Mid - Winter 1996

AND1 Tai Chi Mid Black/White

AND1 Tai Chi Mid Black/White

words_Nick Engvall

When it originally released around the turn of the century, the Tai Chi was arguably one of the most popular basketball shoes of its time. Surrounded by trash talk slogans on AND1 tee shirts, the Tai Chi found itself on the feet of Vince Carter for 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. From that moment on, the shoe became posterized into sneaker culture history.

For a shoe that was inspired by the ancient Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, the black and white colorway might be the most fitting colorway to grace the Tai Chi Mid from AND1. It might not be the flashy red and white that Vince Carter wore back in the day, but it represents the balance that is Yin and Yang beautifully, all the way down to the two color laces.

Available for pre-order now: AND1 Tai Chi Mid

AND1 Tai Chi Mid Black/White