Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Basketball 1998 & The Shaq Reflection

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Basketball 1998 & The Shaq Reflection

words // Brandon Richard

Tomorrow, Reebok Classics will pay tribute to Shaquille O’Neal’s Laker career with an all-new ‘Escape From LA’ colorway of the Reebok Shaqnosis. The Shaqnosis was O’Neal’s signature for the 95-96 season, when he played for the Orlando Magic. Shaq would also wear Reebok signature product during his first two seasons with the Lakers, last lacing up the Shaq Reflection before launching the now defunct DUNK.net in 1999. This year, Shaq and Reebok came back together, re-releasing some of our favorite silhouettes from the 90s.

For today’s Eastbay Memory Lane, we take a look back at Shaq’s final Laker Reebok shoe, along with a few other forgotten gems from the brand’s late 90s basketball range. In comparison to previous Shaq sigs, the Shaq Reflection was a fairly simple design, highlighted by 3M reflective trim and suspended Hexalite cushioning. Also featured on this page is the Fuego, DMX cushioned Lightning and Shawn Kemp’s second Reignman shoe in two colorways.

The Shaq Reflection isn’t a shoe you see every day — any readers have a pair back in the day or still own one today?

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Basketball 1998 & The Shaq Reflection

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 10 ‘Steel’ – Holiday 1994

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 10 ‘Steel’ – Holiday 1994

words // Brandon Richard

This Saturday, the Air Jordan 10 will be back for another round in its original ‘Steel’ colorway. Launched in Fall 1994, the model was the second release following Michael Jordan’s decision to step away from the game of basketball to pursue a career in baseball.

To get ready for this anticipated release, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to Holiday ’94, when the yet-to-be-released ‘Steel’ 10 was one of the shoes featured in the catalog. What you’ll notice is that the ‘Steels’ that originally released differ from the version that released in 2005 and the pair you’ll be able to pick up this weekend.

With MJ away from hoops, Tinker Hatfield took full control over the Air Jordan 10 design and Jordan reportedly wasn’t as involved with the process as he had been in years past. When the finish product hit the product line, there was an extra leather toe overlay that wouldn’t be seen on later pairs. That’s because Jordan preferred a clean toe and was no fan of the overlay on the 10. Subsequent colorways were cleaned up and the look remains the same on today’s retros.

Also on this page, a blurb about Jordan’s pal Charles Barkley and his Nike Air Max2 CB sneaker in three original colorways.

Were you still a fan of Jordan shoes when he stepped away from basketball. Did you own an original pair of ‘Steels’ with the toe overlay? Will you be copping the retro this weekend? Share your memories with us below.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 10 'Steel' - Holiday 1994

Eastbay Memory Lane // Bo Jackson & Nike Baseball 1994

Eastbay Memory Lane // Bo Jackson & Nike Baseball 1994

words // Brandon Richard

With the 2013 MLB Playoffs now in full swing, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to 1994, when the season was prematurely shortened due to the infamous players strike. That didn’t stop Nike, who linked up with us for a special all-baseball edition of the catalog.

Gracing this page is the Nike Air 24 Diamond, a lightweight cleat worn by two-sport athlete and then Atlanta Braves outfielder Deion Sanders. The Air 24 Diamond, which shared cues with Prime Time’s classic Air Diamond Turf trainer, was highlighted by its layered full-grain leather upper, cross-strap for support and neoprene inner bootie.

You also can’t overlook the Air Clipper and Air Clipper XTR Hi, the latter equipped with a high-ankle strap system similar to what you’d find on the iconic Air Carnivore.

The page wraps up with a blurb about another two-sport legend, Bo Jackson. In 1993, Bo made the long journey back from hip replacement surgery and belted 16 home runs for the Chicago White Sox. In ’94, he played his final season in the majors with the California Angels.

Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as this year’s Wild Card round winners. This year’s NLDS matchups are the Pirates vs. the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Atlanta Braves. In the American league, the Rays will take on the division rival Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers will square off against the Oakland As. Check out this throwback Eastbay page featuring old school Nike baseball cleats and let us know who you think will win this year’s World Series.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Bo Jackson & Nike Baseball 1994

Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen – Nike Air Pippen II

Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen – Nike Air Pippen II

words // Brandon Richard

Yesterday, six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen celebrated his 48th birthday. Scottie made his Chicago Bulls debut as a 22-year old in 1987 and returned to the Windy City at age 38 to finish his career in 2003-2004. Almost 10 years later, Scottie is still one of basketball’s all-time most beloved players and his signature sneakers are still making an impact in today’s market.

For today’s Eastbay Memory Lane, we take a look back at a page from our 1998 Basketball catalog, headlined by Scottie and the Nike Air Pippen II. The II was Pip’s weapon of choice as the Bulls wrapped up a second three-peat and six championships in an eight-year span. Featuring a minimal design, the Air Pippen II featured a full-grain leather build, a Dynamic-Fit Lycra inner bootie, Zoom in the forefoot, Air in the heel and an Optimal Motion outsole.

Other classics on this page? How about Tim Duncan’s Total Air Foamposite Max? Charles Barkley’s Air CB II, Eddie Jones’ Jumpman Pro Quick, Vin Baker’s Jumpman Pro Strong and Tim Hardaway’s Air Zoom T-Bug Flight are a few of the other standouts you’ll notice.

Was the Air Pippen II or any of these other models on your feet in 1998? Share your memories with us below.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen

Eastbay Memory Lane // Jordan Brand 2000 & The Air Jordan 5 Retro

Eastbay Memory Lane // Jordan Brand 2000 & The Air Jordan 5 Retro

words // Brandon Richard

This Saturday, the Jordan Brand will take the Air Jordan 5 to a place it’s never been with the “3Lab5” release. The shoe inherits the Air Jordan 3s iconic Cement Grey elephant print in all-over fashion, complementing the look with hits of black and Gamma Blue. This drop falls in the middle of a stacked lineup of Air Jordan 5 releases that will continue throughout the rest of the year.

With 2013 being the Year of the Air Jordan 5, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to January 2000, when the classic was released as a retro for the very first time. The original “Fire Red” colorway popped up alongside the Air Jordan XV at a time when the retro game hadn’t yet become a “craze.” Team models like the Team J and Team Post also find a home on this page, as does the original Trunner.

The Air Jordan 5 is definitely one of the most beloved models in the series. Do you have any memories of picking up a pair of retros when they first hit the scene 13 years ago? How many different colorways have you grabbed this year? Share with us in the comment section below.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Jordan Brand 2000 & The Air Jordan 5 Retro