A Look Back: The Best Basketball Sneakers From October 2006

A Look Back: The Best Basketball Sneakers From October 2006

It seems difficult to fathom, but some pretty well-known sneakers that dropped in 2006 are already 15 years old. This fall, shoes like the LeBron IV, Kobe 1, and Air Max 360 are just five years away from turning 20. Back in ‘06, future legends like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tracey McGrady, and Dwyane Wade were making names for themselves. Some of the shoes they were wearing became legendary as well. Here are some of the memorable basketball sneakers from that October 2006 Eastbay catalog.

Nike

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike LeBron
Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike Kobe

This was back when LeBron James was really taking off in popularity. Entering his fourth season with the Cleveland Cavs, LeBron also had a new sneaker: the Zoom LeBron IV. Featuring a full-length Zoom Air unit, this model has definitely been a fan favorite over the years. Most people also say this sneaker was built like a tank, weighing a whopping 27.8 ounces. You could also still cop the LeBron III in the low-cut model as well.

The Zoom Kobe 1 was also available that month in the all-black colorway. There were also four colorways still available in the Eastbay Outlet section for $99.99. This was Kobe Bryant’s first official model with Nike after he left adidas and entered one of the most amazing sneaker free agency periods of all time.

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike Air
Look Back Eastbay Catlaog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike

Other popular models that season were the Air Max 360 and Air Max 180. As described in the name, the Air Max 360 featured a completely full-length, Air-Sole unit for the most Air cushioning ever. The Air Max 180 had a massive Air Max heel unit along with Zoom Air in the forefoot. Those who hooped in these always have fond memories of them.

Team Basketball sneakers were incredibly popular back then, with the Air Zoom Huarache Elite TB, Air Max Elite TB, and Shox Elite TB being the top choices for high school and college players. The Huarache Elite was designed for smaller, quicker guards, and the Air Max Elite and Shox Elite were built for bigger players. Each model came in just about every colorway imaginable for team matching.

As for retro models, there were a few familiar sneakers available as well, including the Air More Tempo, Air Max Penny IV, and Air Max 2 CB ‘94 Low. Nike was trying to bring back some popular models from 10 years earlier by adding in some new colorways. Unfortunately, the colorways were a bit too off and never really caught on with sneakerheads.

Jordan Brand

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Jordan Brand Carmelo Anthony

Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony was entering his fourth season in the NBA as well, and his signature Jordan Brand sneaker was grabbing everyone’s attention. The October 2006 Eastbay featured the Jordan Melo M3 along with a matching apparel collection. The Jordan XXI PE and Low models were also available that month.

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Jordan Brand

Retro Jordans were continuing to grow in popularity, with the Air Jordan IV ‘Military Blue’ available for kids. There were also four new colorways of the Air Jordan V, including the ‘Green Bean’ colorway, which is rumored to return in 2022.

There was also a ton of Jordan apparel, including authentic on-court UNC, Georgetown and California warmups.

adidas

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 adidas

With Kobe Bryant leaving for Nike in 2003, the new star for adidas was Rockets star Tracy McGrady. His T-Mac sneaker line was packed with high-performance models, including the T-MAC 6, T-MAC Trainer, and T-MAC III. There was also the adidas Courtshark, which was inspired by the T-MAC 5. Retro-wise, the Crazy 8 retro was very popular. This model was originally worn by Kobe Bryant, but was marketed for Wizards star Gilbert Arenas in 2006.

Converse

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Converse Dwyane Wade

Coming off the Heat’s 2006 championship season, Dwyane Wade’s sneaker stock was soaring. In the summer of 2003, Wade left Jordan Brand and signed a deal with Converse, somewhat surprising the sneaker world. Wade’s 1.3 Mid and Signature LE were both available in the October 2006 catalog.

Reebok

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Reebok

2006 would be a challenging year for Sixers star Allen Iverson, as he was traded in December to the Denver Nuggets. Iverson was still Reebok’s #1 athlete though, and still had a loyal following. That fall, the Answer X released, featuring Pump Adjustable technology for a custom fit. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Iverson’s Question Mid was still incredibly popular 10 years later, and still was available in many different sleek colorways.

Drew Hammell A Look Back

Drew is the creator of @nikestories on Instagram. Growing up in the ’90s, Drew loved playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and even dabbled in cross country running. He ended up focusing on tennis in high school and helped lead his team to multiple state titles. His favorite athletes growing up include Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Andre Agassi, and Ken Griffey, Jr. He was smart enough to save all his old Eastbay catalogs from the ’90s and loves sharing them with the sneaker community. Follow him at @nikestories or read more of his work here.

Jordan Melo 1.5 ‘Atomic Mango’

Jordan Melo 1.5 ‘Atomic Mango’

Jordan Melo 1.5 White/Atomic Mango-Wolf Grey (1)

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images // Mary Hoffmann

As Carmelo Anthony’s New York Knicks fight their way into the playoff picture, his retro signature shoe surfaces in an all-new springtime colorway.

Following its return in January, the Jordan Melo 1.5 now arrives sporting a white base with wolf grey overlays on the toebox and tongue. Giving the shoe a little pop for the new season are hits of mango on the eyelets, various branding points, heel and outsole.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Melo 1.5 features bootie construction for an enhanced fit, molded foxing for stability, an injected Phylon midsole with Air cushioning and an environmentally preferred rubber outsole.

These new Jordan shoes will be available here for $130 next Wednesday, April 9 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.

Jordan Melo 1.5 White/Atomic Mango-Wolf Grey (2)

Jordan Melo 1.5 White/Atomic Mango-Wolf Grey (3)

Jordan Melo 1.5 White/Atomic Mango-Wolf Grey (4)

Jordan Melo 1.5 White/Atomic Mango-Wolf Grey (5)

Jordan Melo M10 ‘Volt’

Jordan Melo M10 ‘Volt’

Jordan Melo M10 Volt (1)

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This weekend, Carmelo Anthony’s latest signature shoe will arrive in an all-new colorway.

Metallic Silver works the upper of this Jordan Melo M10, along with black and volt accents and a premium ‘Melo’ TPU heel counter.

To commemorate Anthony’s 10th shoe with the Jordan Brand, they tapped legendary designer Tinker Hatfield to create an anniversary shoe that features unique design elements, industry-leading technology and sophisticated style.

You’ll be able to pick up these Jordan shoes here for $165 this Saturday,  March 1 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.

Jordan Melo M10 Volt (2)

Jordan Melo M10 Volt (3)

Jordan Melo M10 Volt (4)

Jordan Melo M10 Volt (5)

Jordan Melo 1.5 ‘Knicks’

Jordan Melo 1.5 ‘Knicks’

Jordan Melo 1.5 'Knicks' (1)

words // Brandon Richard

A decade after launching in Denver Nuggets-inspired colorways, Carmelo Anthony’s first signature shoe returns with a new look representing his current team.

The ‘Knicks’ Jordan Melo 1.5 features a white leather upper with royal foxing and orange hits on the laces, branding and sole. Each pair comes complete with an OG-style hang tag.

These Jordan shoes will be available here for $130 this Saturday, March 1 at 8:00 a.m. / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Jordan Melo 1.5 'Knicks' (2)

Jordan Melo 1.5 'Knicks' (3)

Jordan Melo 1.5 'Knicks' (4)

Jordan Melo 1.5 'Knicks' (6)

Jordan Melo 1.5 'Knicks' (5)

Jordan Melo M10 ‘Year of the Horse’

Jordan Melo M10 ‘Year of the Horse’

words // Brandon Richard

As part of the Chinese New Year celebration, the Jordan Brand laced Carmelo Anthony in a special ‘Year of the Horse’ colorway of the Melo M10. Now you can pick up a pair for yourself.

The YOTH M10 features a premium black leather upper, blacked out ‘MELO’ TPU counter and vibrant graphics on the tongue and toebox.  A Jumpman adorns the tongue of the left shoe, while the Chinese character for ‘Horse’ appears on the right.

Melo’s M10 is equipped with Flight Plate technology, offering maximum responsiveness through compression and deflection. Dynamic Fit works with Flight Plate to provide a lockdown fit that moves with the foot and enhances maximum performance.

These celebratory Jordan shoes are available now for $200, along with matching apparel.

Available: Jordan Melo M10 ‘Year of the Horse’

Jordan Melo M10 'Year of the Horse' (1)

Jordan Melo M10 'Year of the Horse' (2)

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