RELEASE REPORT: NIKE ‘FLIP THE SWITCH’ COLLECTION + AJ XXXI ‘PURE MONEY’

RELEASE REPORT: NIKE ‘FLIP THE SWITCH’ COLLECTION + AJ XXXI ‘PURE MONEY’

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop 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 weekend:

NIKE BASKETBALL SHOES – MAY 5 AT 10 AM ET

As the playoffs intensify, Nike Basketball is dropping the ‘Flip the Switch’ collection to match the postseason’s electric atmospheres. Athletes have to bring the energy as they make their charge toward the championship, so Nike is releasing brand new signature shoes for LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Paul George. The collection features similar textural elements throughout, but each shoe also has unique traits that connect to the player’s playoff push. In addition to the ‘Flip the Switch’ collection, Nike Basketball is also dropping a new Kobe A.D. colorway that is not a part of the collection. LeBron 14 $174.99, Kobe A.D. $159.99, KD 9 $149.99, Kyrie 3 $119.99, PG 1 $109.99.

JORDAN AJ XXXI LOW ‘PURE MONEY’ – MAY 5 AT 10 AM ET

The AJ XXXI has been outfitted with a number of iconic Jordan colorways, ranging from the ‘Banned’ to the ‘Royal’ to the this weekend’s ‘Pure Money’ release. The AJ XXXI ‘Pure Money’ comes in a fresh white, silver, and pure platinum colorway with an iced outsole. The AJ XXXI is made to dominate the court, and this colorway is perfect for the spring and summer circuit. Like a smooth jumper, this AJ XXXI is pure money. Men’s $159.99, Grade School Boys’ $119.99.

JORDAN TRUNNER LX OG – MAY 3 AT 10 AM ET

One of the original Jordan trainers returns this weekend in an OG colorway. The Jordan Trunner LX represents Jordan Brand’s move into off-court training gear and the classic Bred-inspired colorway is always a fan-favorite. The Trunner provides legendary training in the gym and keeps you fresh with an OG look. Men’s $119.99, Grade School Boys’ $99.99.

Kawhi Leonard On Sneakers And The AJ XXXI

Kawhi Leonard On Sneakers And The AJ XXXI

Kawhi Leonard is one of the best players in the game. And, it turns out, he’s a major sneakerhead. Check out the Q&A where Kawhi discusses the AJ XXXI, his favorite kicks, his first pair of Js, and more.

And check out the new AJ XXXI ‘Royal’ that Kawhi is repping in the photos. The AJ XXXI ‘Royal’ and the Retro 1 ‘Royal’ will be available April 1 on eastbay.com.

Why did you choose the AJ XXXI as your on-court shoe?

Just because it’s light and it still has the comfort level. I do a lot of cuts and movements in a game and it’s a very durable shoe.

What’s your favorite part of the AJ XXXI?

I like how it went back to the classic AJ 1. It kind of looks like a classic Jordan 1 and I like how the Nike logo transitions into the Jumpman logo.

Do you feel like the shoe compliments your work on the defensive end?

Yeah, yeah, like I was saying, I feel like it’s a durable shoe. I do a lot of cuts, trying to get around a lot of picks. Big men try to set a pick on me and [the shoe] is light as well so I can chase guys around.

Do you have a favorite AJ XXXI colorway?

Obviously the white and blacks are the ones that I play in and my favorite color. It goes well with our jerseys and you can wear it with anything.

What does your PE logo mean to you?

It means a lot. Just being a child and looking at guys’ shoes and wondering if one day you could get your own shoes. It’s just amazing. You see that transition from high school to college to the pros and then you look down and you’re on the floor and see your own logo on your shoes.

Does it feel extra special to have it be on a Jordan?

For sure. Growing up, [MJ] was my idol. I just wanted to become a player like he was.

How many pairs of Js do you own?

Probably over two or three hundred pairs.

Do you have a favorite?

My favorite Jordans are probably the Retro 3s. I like the ‘True Blue’ colorway.

What was your first pair of Jordan’s?

I was probably too young to even remember. I know the first ones that stood out to me were the black and red 13s. Those are one of my favorites as well.

Did you play ball in them?

No, I don’t think I did. I used to try and take care of my shoes even that young at six years old. I came home, took them off, and put some outside shoes on (laughs).

You always made sure to keep them extra fresh?

Oh, yeah. For sure.

RELEASE REPORT: THREE JORDANS DROP THIS WEEKEND

RELEASE REPORT: THREE JORDANS DROP THIS WEEKEND

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

JORDAN RETRO 13 OG ‘WHITE/BLACK/RED’ – FEBRUARY 18 AT 10 AM ET

The Retro 13 silhouette returns with a classic OG Chicago colorway this weekend. The Retro 13 is inspired MJ’s cat-like reflexes, featuring a sole that’s molded after a panther’s paw and a hologram by the ankle that represents a cat’s eye. Jordan wore the shoe while winning his sixth title making it a favorite among sneakerheads. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.

JORDAN RETRO 6 ‘ALL-STAR’ – FEBRUARY 17 AT 10 AM ET

In honor of the upcoming All-Star game, the Retro 6 silhouette drops in a special ‘All-Star’ colorway. The Retro 6 features an upper that changes colors when light hits it at different angles, which is why the colorway is also nicknamed “Chameleon.” The Retro 6 combined with the cool colorway and All-Star Game tie-in make this one of the weekend’s hottest shoes. Men’s $224.99, Grade School $179.99.

JORDAN AJ XXXI ‘ALL-STAR’ – FEBRUARY 16 AT 10 AM ET

The AJ XXXI also gets the All-Star Game treatment this weekend. The shoe features a Hornets-inspired look with an iridescent midsole and icy outsole. There is also a hornet logo on the inside of the tongue to tie into the theme. Men’s $184.99, Grade School $159.99.

ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST – FEBRUARY 16 AT 10 AM ET

Two Ultra Boosts drop this weekend, both in a cool grey colorway. The regular Ultra Boost and the Ultra Boost Uncaged will both be available for those who are looking to add to their shoe rotation. The Ultra Boost always brings the heat, so make sure you pick up one of these sleek shoes. Act fast, because these are likely to go fast. Men’s $199.99

ADIDAS DAME 3 – FEBRUARY 17 AT 10 AM ET

 

The Dame 3 drops in two new colorways this weekend. Damian Lillard’s third signature shoe features a custom lacing system for maximum lockdown while also delivering a unique look that was inspired by a milk crate design. An all-black colorway and a clean grey-and-white colorway drop this weekend. Men’s $114.99.

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3 ‘BRASS BAND’ – FEBRUARY 17 AT 10 AM ET

The Curry 3 gets a new look ahead of the All-Star Game in NOLA. The Curry 3 ‘Brass Band’ features a black mesh upper with metallic copper detailing and reflective accents on the side. Let us know what you favorite All-Star shoe is in the comments section below! Men’s $149.99.

Release Report: The Latest From Jordan, Kobe and Harden!

Release Report: The Latest From Jordan, Kobe and Harden!

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

JORDAN AJ 1 RARE AIR ‘MAX ORANGE’ – JANUARY 7 AT 10 AM ET

Jordan AJ 1 HI

The classic AJ 1 silhouette highlights this weekend’s releases with an orange, black, and white colorway. The shoe features the Rare Air branding on the tongue, and the words ‘Air Jordan’ appear in place of the wings logo on the ankle area. Men’s $139.99, Grade School $94.99.

JORDAN AJ XXXI ‘BLACK TOE’ – JANUARY 7 AT 10 AM ET

Jordan AJ XXX1

Inspired by the iconic Air Jordan 1 ‘Black Toe,’ the AJ XXXI will also release in a ‘Black Toe’ color scheme this weekend. Its Zoom Air cushioning and FlightSpeed Technology combine with the clean look to make this shoe perfect for on-court performance or off-court style. Men’s $184.99.

NIKE KOBE A.D. – JANUARY 7 AT 10 AM ET

Nike Kobe AD

Kobe Bryant’s newest sneaker gets outfitted with a triple-white color scheme, chrome accents, and an icy outsole. Kobe branding on the tongue and back heel add to the super clean, minimalist look. The Black Mamba may not be on the court anymore, but his signature shoes are as strong as ever. Men’s $159.99.

NIKE KYRIE 3 – JANUARY 7 AT 10 AM ET

Nike Kyrie 3

The second colorway of the new Kyrie 3 drops this weekend, featuring a red-and-crimson colorway. The shoe combines excellent traction, flexible support, and responsive cushioning, enabling Kyrie Irving’s razor-sharp cuts and his fast style of play. Simply put, the Kyrie 3 is a point guard’s dream. Men’s $119.99, Grade School $99.99.

NIKE METCON 3 – JANUARY 6 AT 10 AM ET

Nike Metcon 3

One of the most trusted shoes in fitness just got an upgrade. The Metcon 3 offers a similar look and feel as its predecessors, but offers even more flexibility with a lightweight mesh in the toebox. The shoe is made with training in mind, so the Metcon 3 has you covered for any workout, any style, and any intensity level. Men’s and women’s $129.99.

ADIDAS HARDEN VOL. 1 – JANUARY 7 AT 10 AM ET

AJ Harden 1

James Harden has already made history on the court this season with the league’s first ever 50+ points, 15+ rebounds, 15+ assists triple-double. His shoe is also making waves off the court. The Harden Vol. 1’s first few colorways have been a hit, and they keep bringing the heat. How do you think this colorway stacks up? Let us know in the comments below! Men’s $139.99.

NEW BALANCE 247 – JANUARY 7 AT 10 AM ET

New Balance 247

New Balance is stepping into 2017 with a new casual sneaker that is dressed to impress. The lightweight and breathable design delivers performance-level comfort with the cushiony REVlite midsole and a mesh upper. Take your look to the next level and experience life in the 247. Men’s $119.99.