Galentine’s Day: Shoes Make the Woman

Galentine’s Day: Shoes Make the Woman

February is known as the month of love since the romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day, is on the 14th, but the day before, Feb. 13, is just as important. In 2010, it was unofficially declared as Galentine’s Day, a day to celebrate your closest girlfriends.

So, in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve broken down the five popular personalities of every girlfriend group and paired them up with sneakers to match their style, because I’ve always been a believer that you can learn a lot about a person by the shoes on their feet.

Now, let’s get started…

The Mom Friend

Every group has one! And it’s like they say, if you’re not sure who the mom friend is, it’s probably you. You feel a special responsibility for your girlfriends and always want to make sure they’re happy and healthy. You’re the glue of the group, ensuring everyone is getting along and that drama doesn’t cause chaos. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone not having fun. You may get teased or faced with a sarcastic “oookay mooom” every now and then, but no matter how much they nag you, your kind heart is appreciated.

A FILA Disruptor II Premium sneaker in the Spanish Villa/Silver Peony/Dusty Pink colorway in front of a scribbled heart.

As the responsible mom friend, every action is carefully considered. You don’t make plans without checking with everyone in the group first, and you certainly don’t buy shoes without debating whether or not you really need them. Then, when you finally end up convincing yourself to buy a pair, they have to tick all the boxes: comfortable, functional, affordable. No matter how in fashion they are, you’re not shelling out money for a pair of thigh-high stiletto boots. Nah, instead try the FILA Disruptor II Premium. It’s a practical choice with comfort underfoot, an affordable price tag, and a chunky sole for durability. They’re the perfect casual sneaker for everyday wear!

The Wild Card

Aaah the risk-takers…you know who you are! You’re the one always pushing boundaries, and you have an appreciation for the dramatic. So, when the girls say they’re up for an exciting weekend, your mind immediately goes to over-the-top, action-packed activities. (Skydiving, anyone?) Sure, your spontaneous whims have caused you some trouble before, but that’s the fun of living life on the edge – you never know what’s going to happen!

A Nike Air Max Plus sneaker in the White/Hyper Pink/Black colorway in front of a scribbled heart.

The wild card is just as impulsive when it comes to sneaker shopping. Late nights and open web browsers are not your friend because chances are, if you “Add to Cart,” you’ll end up buying it before the night’s over. You may not even know you want something until it shows up in in a promoted tweet or in a YouTube advertisement. But when you want it, you’ve GOTTA HAVE IT! For you, I recommend a pair of Nike Air Max Plus sneakers. It’s got a flair for the dramatic with wavy ribs and eye-catching colorways. And, the dual Air Max sections add extra cushion so that you’ll be ready for every adventure that comes your way.

The Wallflower

*whispers* Hi!

You’re quiet, but not necessarily shy. You may only have four friends, but those four friends are some of your favorite people. You have opinions and a bright personality, but only the chosen few get to see it. If the girls want to group hang at the mall or the movies, you can be convinced to go, but if you show up and they’re not there – peace out. Even when you’re out and about, you like to blend with the background and observe others instead of being in the middle of the action, but when you get dragged out for a group dance you show the world that you know how to let loose and have fun.

A White Converse All Star Hi Sneaker in the Optical White/White colorway with a polka-dotted heart in the background.

When it comes to shoe shopping, some might call your style “boring,” but you prefer the term “classic.” Sometimes, in an effort to stretch your comfort zone, you try something flashy and new, but all you end up with is a headache from overthinking the whole thing. So, instead, you go with what you know will always be in style. When you find a pair of shoes you like, you wear ’em until they’re worn out and then buy a replacement pair knowing that they’ll be exactly what you want. This is why I’m sure you’ll love a pair of Converse sneakers. The style makes it a classic, standout look while the clean colorways keep you under the radar. Whether you like the hi-top version (pictured above) or prefer the low version, you can’t go wrong with these comfortable sneaks.

The Busy Bee

Two of your favorite words: new and now. If something’s fresh on the scene – you want it, and if something big is going down – you’ve got to be there, like yesterday! You’re always ready to spill the tea with anyone, seriously, you’ve never met a stranger! You don’t necessarily need to be the center of the spotlight, but you definitely don’t want to be left in the dark. Because of your high-energy vibe, you’re often a victim of FOMO. It just hurts your soul to know that people are having fun somewhere and you’re not there. You love hanging with your closest gal pals, but you have to check your schedule first since you’re always up to something – study groups, sports games, parties – what aren’t you involved in?

A Nike Air Vapormax Plus sneaker in the Bright Crimson/Pink Blast/Court Purple colorway with a heart outline in the background.

From the color of the year (Classic Blue, in case you hadn’t heard) to the latest trends, you want your style to represent the new and now, which is why I’m betting you’d love the Nike Air Vapormax Plus. These sneakers are bold, a definite conversation starter, and better yet, they’re a hybrid of both the Air Max Plus and the VaporMax so you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out on either.

The Oddball

My fellow weirdos! What’s up? There’s no denying you’re different, but you’re 1,000% okay with that. In fact, when I called you a weirdo a second ago you didn’t even flinch. You take it as a compliment to your individuality. You’re used to people giving you looks and judging you when you’re out and about because they have trouble seeing life from your perspective.

A PUMA RS-X Cubed sneaker in the Beetroot Purple/White/Purple colorway with a scribbled heart in the background.

When it comes to your sense of style, it’s just as unique you are. Life’s too short to follow a made-up set of fashion rules, so you do whatever you want. You don’t let fads affect your fashion. Sure, you might buy the latest kicks but not because they’re the latest kicks. You just bought them because they make you happy. So for you, I’ve chosen the PUMA RS-X Cubed. With a mesh upper and a layered look to mimic a puzzle, these vibrant kicks have plenty of personality.


Well that’s a wrap! How’d I do? Do the shoes match your personality type? Leave a comment below to let me know!

And if you didn’t like the recommended shoe, no worries – eastbay.com has so many more options; you’re sure to find the perfect pair.

A Look Back: The Air Max 95 and Air Max Plus

A Look Back: The Air Max 95 and Air Max Plus

Nike Stories September 2018

I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on an Eastbay catalog. I was in middle school back in 1996. My buddy brought the newest issue into the cafeteria for lunch one day, and my friends and I just sat there flipping through the pages, drooling over the latest Nike basketball shoes and runners. I couldn’t believe how much information was in these catalogs. Sneakers, clothing, and all the technical info to go along with it. I was hooked. From then on, I signed up to get an Eastbay in the mail every month. I treasured them so much that I saved every catalog in my room through high school. And, thanks to my mom and her tendency to save everything “just in case something becomes valuable someday,” they are still preserved. I still own almost every catalog from 1996 through 2003.

Looking back, it’s interesting to see how influential the Air Max 95 and Air Max Plus were back then. Unfortunately, I don’t own any of the catalogs from 1995 (which first showcased the Air Max 95), but Nike continued to churn out new colorways for years after that. This was not the norm for Nike back then. The Air Max 93 was not made in ’94 or ’95. Nor was the Air Max 94 made in ’95 or ’96. But the Air Max 95 was so gorgeous and in such high demand, companies like Eastbay continued to sell them into the late ’90s.

The same goes for the Air Max Plus. Originally debuting late in 1998, the silhouette quickly gained popularity, and Nike continued to release more and more colorways into 1999 and 2000. Since both models are still popular today, I decided to flip through every Eastbay I own from 1996 through 2000 to look back at all the different colorways available for the Air Max 95 and Air Max Plus.

One of the great things about Eastbay catalogs is the ability to pinpoint exactly when a model was released. Typically, in the lower right or top right corner next to the page number is a code for the month or season. For example, “MR98” is March 1998, “0898” is August 1998, “HH98” is Holiday 1998, “BS99” is Back to School 1999, and “SS29” is Spring Sports 2 1999, etc. With that in mind, take a look back at the Air Max 95 and Air Max Plus models through the years:

 

Kicks Of Bigfoot Hoops

Kicks Of Bigfoot Hoops

We’re always looking at fresh kicks. At one of the nation’s premier basketball tournaments, we just couldn’t help ourselves. Here are some of the sneakers that caught our eye at Bigfoot Hoops’ Las Vegas Classic last week. Did your shoes make the cut?

Big Foot Hoops Kicks

Names: Kobe and MacKenzie
Hometown: Las Vegas
Kobe’s Shoes (right): “I bought these shoes because my mom said they were ugly and I liked them, so I killed two birds with one stone.”
MacKenzie’s Shoes (left): “I love Nike shoes, and everything Nike, but I also have a lot of respect for Kyrie Irving, so I knew these were a must-have.”

Big Foot Hoops Kicks - Jordan Retro 11 'Space Jam'

Name: Savion
Team: A.C.S. Houston
Shoe Game: Savion is a huge fan of Jordans, so he broke out his Space Jam 11s for Bigfoot Hoops. He says Michael Jordan is his favorite player and he owns 48 pairs of Jordans.

Big Foot Hoops Kicks - Nike Air Max Plus

Name: King
Hometown: Seattle
Shoe Game: King considers himself a shoe collector, and he said his favorite shoes are Jordans. He switched it up and wore these fresh Nikes to Bigfoot Hoops “because they’re dope.”

Big Foot Hoops Kicks - Kobe Mamba Instinct

Name: Fred
Team: Seattle Rotary
Shoe Game: Fred love Nike shoes – and specifically Kobe Bryant’s signature shoes. For Bigfoot Hoops, he broke out a pair of Kobes with some Nike socks to match.

Big Foot Hoops Kicks - Jordan Retro 12 'The Master'

Name: Diontae
Hometown: Las Vegas
Shoe Game: Diontae’s favorite shoe is the Jordan Retro 12. He bought the Master 12s to add to his collection, because he owns almost all of the Jordan Retro 12s.

PUMA Tsugi: The Next Big Thing

PUMA Tsugi: The Next Big Thing

Are you in search of the next big footwear trend? Look no further. The first kick in PUMA’s new Tsugi line has just landed.

The entire line is inspired by the progressive style of Japanese technology, culture, and traditions. The word “Tsugi” in Japanese means “next,” fitting the collection perfectly — it’s the next big thing for PUMA and streetwear culture.

The first kick to drop in this new line is the PUMA Shinsei. This unique, modern sneaker takes design cues from old runners, adding to its innovation and style. It’s the perfect combination of progressive design and comfort. The IGNITE Foam midsole cushions each step to keep your feet feeling great all day long. The fully knit sock upper gives you the lightweight feeling you need, with form-fitting comfort to keep you locked in and snug. To wrap it up, the covered side lacing system gives the shoe an edgy look — the epitome of style and the perfect fit just for you.

What’s next? Stay tuned! There’s more big things to come from PUMA Tsugi