Nike Air DT Max ’96 ‘Phoenix’

Nike Air DT Max ’96 ‘Phoenix’

words // Brandon Richard

Deion Sanders’ old Nike trainer gets another makeover with the latest colorway of the Air DT Max ’96 available now.

The classic takes on the ‘Phoenix’ colorway, starting with an iron purple patent base and court purple nubuck overlays. Atomic Orange adds extra pop along the quarter panel, heel branding, Max Air unit and outsole detailing.

You can purchase these Nike training shoes in men’s and boys’ sizing today.

Available: Nike Air DT Max ’96 ‘Phoenix’

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Under Armour Leon Sandcastle Combine Collection

Under Armour Leon Sandcastle Combine Collection

words // Brandon Richard

There was a familiar face redefining the word “rookie” at this year’s NFL Combine. Primetime University’s Leon Sandcastle may look like an ugly Deion Sanders, but he blew away scouts with a next-level performance at the Combine and did so wearing performance gear from Under Armour’s NFL Authentic Combine Collection.

If Leon’s Combine performance made you a fan, you can let the world know by choosing from a selection that includes his Under Armour Shatter Hoodie and a variety of graphic t-shirts.

The hoodie is made with a French terry body fabric to keep Leon comfortable during the most important warm-ups of his life. NFL Combine Authentic Shatter Print sublimated inserts appear on the arms and hood. Front pockets provide extra storage.

Graphic tees are made with lightweight cotton fabric that delivers ultra-soft comfort and superior performance. Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat to keep you cooler and drier. Anti-odor technology keeps your gear fresher, longer.

This Leon Sandcastle Under Armour performance apparel is available now.

Available: Under Armour NFL Combine Shatter Hoodie

Available: Under Armour NFL Combine Graphic T-Shirt

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Nike Air Diamond Turf II – Dark Grey/Wolf Grey-Vivid Orange

Nike Air Diamond Turf II – Dark Grey/Wolf Grey-Vivid Orange

words // Brandon Richard

The newest addition to Deion Sanders’ Nike signature line is this previously unreleased grey-based colorway of the Air Diamond Turf II. Featuring a grey nubuck build, the shoe is accented by white leather detailing on the sides and touches of black on the tongue and midsole. Giving the shoe a little summer time color pop are hits of Vivid Orange on the tongue branding, Swoosh, ventilated areas of the side panels, inner lining and AIR notation on the midsole. A grey, white and black outsole caps off the look below.

Grab Prime Time’s old Nike Training shoes in an all-new colorway over at Eastbay today.

Available: Nike Air Diamond Turf II – Dark Grey/Wolf Grey-Vivid Orange

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Nike Air Max Diamond Turf – Black/Varsity Red-White

Nike Air Max Diamond Turf – Black/Varsity Red-White

words // Brandon Richard

The old signature shoes of recently inducted NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders continue to drop in new colorways, including this fresh Nike Air Max Diamond Turf currently available at Eastbay. Possibly inspired by Deion’s time as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers or Cincinnati Reds, the retro Nike training shoes feature a predominantly black nubuck and synthetic upper, accented by Varsity Red on the cross-strap Swoosh logo and inner lining. White and black handle the midsole, while a solid black rubber outsole caps off the look below.

Pick up the newest colorway of this 90s classic at Eastbay today.

Available: Nike Air Max Diamond Turf – Black/Varsity Red-White

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Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Turf Training 1996

Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Turf Training 1996

 words // Brandon Richard

We’re just a little over a week away from NFL Kickoff 2011, which is set to take place next Thursday. In a matchup between the league’s last two Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints will travel to Lambeau Field to take on Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers. That game will only mark the beginning of a loaded Week 1, which concludes with a Monday Night double-header.

It’s hard to believe that it was 15 years ago when the Dallas Cowboys entered the 1996 season as the defending Super Bowl Champions. With an offense led by Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin (aka “The Triplets”), the ‘Boys were one of the most exciting teams to ever suit up on Sunday. What made the ’96 Cowboys even more special was their ability to match that excitement on the defensive side of the ball, mostly because of shutdown cornerback and 2011 Hall of Famer “Prime Time” Deion Sanders.

For the ’96 season, Deion was laced with the fourth shoe in his famous Nike Diamond Turf series, the Air D.T. 4 Max. Styled in Cowboy colors, the turf trainer featured a full-grain leather build, midfoot support strap and visible Max Air 2 unit in the heel. There was also Dallas inspiration packed into the design, like star detailing on the tongue and outsole.

In that same season, a running back by the name of Barry Sanders won his third NFL rushing title, leading the league with more than 1,500 yards. On his feet was the Nike Air Zoom Turf, one of the first nubbed football shoes that had cross-over appeal with sneaker enthusiasts. What made the shoes awesome at the time, aside from an outstanding design, was the fact that everybody thought they could make Barry Sanders-like cuts if they wore nubbed trainers like he did. It’s now 2011, and we still haven’t seen anybody make cuts like Barry did. It never hurt anybody to dream, though.

We can only hope the 2011 NFL season brings us as many memories as 1996 did. What do you remember most about what happened on the field in 1996?