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.

Festival Fashion

Festival Fashion

If you’ve ever been to a music festival before, the experience is one of a kind – the music is the sole factor tying people together. It has the power to turn strangers into friends and artists into idols.

They’re a getaway of sorts, allowing you to let loose and live in the moment.

Sounds perfect, right? It is, if you’re prepared. All it takes is blisters on your feet, sunburn on your shoulders, or a lost wallet and, suddenly, the moment of carefree bliss becomes chaos.

But with a little preparation, and the correct festival fashion, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying food, friends, and music.

Top Festival Fashion Clothing

Clothing

When choosing the best festival clothing, here are the important things to remember:

  • Light Layers: If you’re an all-day festival goer, layering is key. This helps you beat the heat during the hottest part of the day and stay warm after the sun goes down.
  • Comfort Over Couture: If you enjoy dressing in high-fashion runway outfits, more power to you. But be sure to seriously consider the pros and cons first. By your second trip to the bathroom, you may be wishing you had an easy, comfortable outfit instead of something covered in zippers, buckles, and straps.

Top Picks For Men: Lacoste Graphic Jersey Croc T-Shirt, Mitchell & Ness NBA Swingman Jersey, Nike Woven Flow Shorts

Top Picks For Women: Nike Summer Fun Crop T-Shirt, Champion Streak Dye Cropped T-Shirt, adidas Originals Animal Print Cropped T-Shirt

Top Festival Fashion Shoes

Footwear

Arguably, footwear is the most important aspect of festival fashion. First-time festival goers often make a mistake when it comes to footwear. Learn from this. You’ll be on your feet all day, standing for sets and walking from one end of the festival grounds to the other. You want to look fresh for Instagram-worthy pics, but there are options that can make you look good without hating yourself at the end of the weekend. With the right shoes, you can make a fashion statement without compromising comfort.

Top Picks For Men: Vans Old Skool, Nike Air Huarache, Jordan Retro 7

Top Picks For Women: Nike Air Max 720, Nike Air Force 1 07 LE Low, PUMA Cali

Top Festival Fashion Accesories

Accessories

With the right clothing and shoes your outfit is good to go, but to be truly festival-ready, you need accessories, something to makes you stand out from the crowd without feeling like an unnecessary prop. The perfect festival fashion accessories are a blend of fashion and function.

  • Hats:With styles to match any outfit, a hat can be a wonderful accessory. In the heat of the day, with the sun right above you, a hat can help protect your face from sunburn. Hats can also help you see better – there’s nothing  worse than the sun in your eyes while you’re trying to watch your favorite artist perform.
  • Socks:Socks may not be an accessory you instantly associate with festivals, but they can be an easy way to stand out and let your personality shine. (Though you may want to consider the possibility of a tan line depending on the sun and how much it hits your legs.)
  • Bags: Your bag choice is not a decision to be taken lightly. Before you purchase one, go online to the festival’s website to see if they have bag restrictions. Sometimes bags are required to be within a certain size limit, or they have to be clear/see-through. Once you find that information, you’re ready to shop for the perfect bag. Remember, you’ll want your hands and arms free so you can dance without restraint.

Top Picks For Men: Nike SB Icon Snapback Cap, Stance Increase The Peace Crew Socks, Vans Ranger Waist Pack

Top Picks For Women: adidas Originals Clear Waistpack, Champion Classic Twill Script Hat

Now that you have the best clothes, shoes, and accessories, you can enjoy the festival worry-free. Get lost in the music, dance with strangers, and make memories. After all, that’s what summer is all about.


Top Gifts: Women’s Casual

Top Gifts: Women’s Casual

Your unique game breaks the mold. And even when you’re not working on your game, you want standout styles that celebrate who you are. You need that perfect combination of comfort and style 24/7, so you can always look good, feel good, and play great.

Eastbay offers thousands of gifts that keep on giving. Whether you’re looking to take your game to the next level or find this season’s hottest styles, Eastbay is here to help. Check out our Top Gifts For Women’s Casual below and find exactly what you need this holiday season.

Timberland 6” Premium Leather & Fabric Waterproof Boots

W Casual GG 1

Classic Timberland style gets a unique, feminine twist with the velvet ribbon laces and velvet cuff on these boots. Available in four rich colors to complete any look.

adidas Originals NMD R2

W Casual GG 2

The NMD R2 provides dual benefits with boost comfort and a sleek design. Thanks to a multitude of color combos, you’re sure to find your perfect pair.

 

adidas Originals 3 Stripes Leggings

W Casual GG 3

Classic, comfortable, and always in style, these leggings will be your new go-to for every outfit.

Nike Rally Metallic Hoodie

W Casual GG 4

Born to stand out? This Nike hoodie lets your personality shine with metallic details that help you step into the spotlight while a funnel neck keeps you cozy.

adidas Originals Supergirl Track Top

W Casual GG 5

Effortless style and all-day comfort. What more could a girl ask for in a track top?

adidas Originals Firebird Velvet Track Top & Pants

W Casual GG 6

Crushing hard on velvet this season? This track top-and-pants combo perfectly pairs trend-worthy fabrics with a bold hue for one show-stopping look.

Vans Old Skool

W casual GG 7

This timeless icon combines classic skate style with all-day comfort, so you can kick back anytime, anywhere.

Converse All Star Velvet Ox

W Casual GG 8

These classic sneakers get a textured twist, thanks to a bold punch of pink velvet.

Nike Air Huarache

W Casual GG 9

This trainer turned streetwear staple feels as fresh as the day it was released. With over 60 color and material options, your perfect fit is waiting.

PUMA Suede Heart Quilted

W Casual GG 10

Ribbon laces. Quilted details. Soft pink shade. These comfortable kicks have everything you need to take your sneaker game to the next level.

Trend Alert: Velvet

Trend Alert: Velvet

VELVET STORY

What’s the #1 trend that’s dominating fall? You guessed it! Velvet – and lots of it. This ’90s trend is back and we’ve got striking colors to outfit your look from head to toe. So, are you ready to vamp up your style in rich, luxe fabric? Check out how to rock it below:

1. A Subtle Detail – Sometimes a girl just needs a little velvet to take her look to the next level. Rock pieces that are lined with velvet, have velvet logos, or even velour laces. We have it all!

2. Bold Statement Piece – Grab some velvet in your favorite color, whether it’s a jacket, pair of shoes, or pants, and make it the centerpiece of your outfit.

3. Go All Out – Wear velvet from head to toe! We’ve got dresses or full velour jumpsuits for a standout look you’ll love.

There you have it – three easy ways to give your outfit a little extra oomph!

9.29 RELEASE REPORT: JORDAN RETRO 5 ‘BLUE SUEDE’ DROPS THIS WEEKEND

9.29 RELEASE REPORT: JORDAN RETRO 5 ‘BLUE SUEDE’ DROPS THIS WEEKEND

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of each shoe, and fill you in on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. 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 week:

JORDAN RETRO 5 ‘BLUE SUEDE’ – SEPT. 30 AT 10 AM ET

9.29 Jordan Retro 5

The Air Jordan line has always been focused on flight. The iconic AJ 5 took that idea to the next level by taking inspiration from WWII fighter plans to create the shoe’s distinct design lines. Jordan continued that theme with the classic flight suits from that same era, and that’s where the Retro 5 ‘Blue Suede’ colorway comes from. The newest Retro 5 connects Jordan’s focus on flight with a historic apparel piece to deliver a style that truly stands out. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.

NIKE BASKETBALL RELEASES – SEPT. 30 AT 10 AM ET

9.29 Nike Basketball

Nike Basketball is dropping some serious heat as basketball season approaches. This week brings new releases from some of Nike’s biggest superstars. We’ll see a KD X, PG 1, and Kyrie 3 releasing on Saturday in brand new colorways. It’s not just about a fresh look, though. Each one of these shoes is built for basketball performance with top technology that’ll help you take your game to new heights this season. KD X $149.99, Kyrie 3 $119.99, PG 1 $109.99.

CONVERSE CHUCK SE NBA FRANCHISE HIGH – SEPT. 29 AT 10 AM ET

9.29 Converse Chuck

Nike isn’t the only brand prepping for basketball season. Converse is getting in on the fun by dropping new Chucks in team colorways. What better way to rep your team this season than with a fresh pair of Chucks? The following teams will be available in men’s sizes: Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Boston, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Golden State, Philadelphia, Toronto, Los Angeles (both LA teams), and Miami. Men’s $89.99, Grade School $59.99.