12.7 Release Report: The Jordan Retro 11 ‘Win Like ‘96’ is Finally Here!

12.7 Release Report: The Jordan Retro 11 ‘Win Like ‘96’ is Finally Here!

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 11 ‘WIN LIKE ‘96’ – DEC. 9 AT 10 AM ET

12.7 Release Report AJ 11
For many AJ fans, the Jordan Retro 11 ‘Win Like ‘96’ is THE shoe they have been waiting for. With Chicago’s bold red colorway adorning the upper in all its glory, these Retro 11s are a tribute to Mike’s legendary, title-winning ’96 season. A black Jumpman logo and translucent outsole complete the first-class look. Sneakerheads, get ready — this is a must-have. Men’s $219.99. Boys’ $169.99.

NIKE LEBRON 15 ‘NEW HEIGHTS’ – DEC. 7 AT 10 AM ET

12.7 Release Report LBJ

How does a four-time MVP, three-time world champ, and thirteen-time All-Star take his game to ‘New Heights’? Well, he starts by adding one more of each to his trophy case, which at this point is probably more of a room than a case. LBJ has already accomplished many feats that are hard to believe, and he’s more ready than ever to blow your mind as 2018 approaches. These LeBron 15s stand out thanks to their dark atomic teal, ale brown, and team red colors and are the perfect shoes to rock as The King pursues greatness yet again. Men’s $184.99. Boys’ $159.99.

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 4 ‘MORE BUCKETS’ – DEC. 8 AT 10 AM ET

12.7 Release Report Curry

Few players stand out as much on the court as Stephen Curry does. But he is equally exceptional off the court as well. The latest colorway of his signature shoes is perfect for both parts of his life. The main color here is grey, with Overcast Grey and Graphic tones along the upper and midsole. They give way to a solid white rubber outsole and feature iridescent shades on the midfoot shank and collar. It creates a smooth, sleek look that is dangerous on the court and stylish off it. Men’s $129.99. Boys’ $109.99.

RELEASE REPORT: HIS AND HER JORDAN RETRO 11 SNEAKERS

RELEASE REPORT: HIS AND HER JORDAN RETRO 11 SNEAKERS

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 week:

JORDAN RETRO 11 LOW – MAY 27 AT 10 AM ET

We’re getting treated to two Jordan Retro 11 Low releases this weekend. For the men, the Retro 11 Low is outfitted in a black, white, and silver colorway. The Retro 11 Low ‘Barons’ is a nod toward the minor league baseball team MJ played for back in the day. The ladies also get a Retro 11 release this weekend with the Retro 11 Low ‘Blue Moon.’ Men’s $174.99, Boys’ $129.99, Girls’ $129.99.

NIKE AIR UPTEMPO COLLECTION – MAY 26 AT 10 AM ET

A trio of Nike Air Uptempo’s drop this weekend in a fresh all-white colorway that’s perfect for summertime stunting. The Nike Air More Uptempo, Nike Air Max Uptempo ’95, and Nike Air Max 2 Uptempo ’94 all drop on Friday with white-on-white colorways. We’ve seen a number of all-white shoes release recently, but if you’re a fan of the old school Uptempo look, then these releases are a summer must-have style. Nike Air More Uptempo $159.99, Nike Air Max Uptempo ’95 $149.99, Nike Air Max 2 Uptempo ’94 $139.99.

NIKE LEBRON 14 PRM ‘RED CARPET’ – MAY 27 AT 10 AM ET

Nike is rolling out the red carpet for one of the most popular LeBron colorways. First seen in 2009, the ‘Red Carpet’ colorway became a fan favorite when LeBron wore it at Madison Square Garden. The LeBron 14 will feature the black-and-blue colorway and be released this Saturday. Pick up your pair of this premium take on Saturday. Men’s $174.99.

JORDAN AJ XXXI LOW ‘MIDNIGHT NAVY’ – MAY 26 AT 10 AM ET

The AJ XXXI Low is releasing in a ‘Midnight Navy’ colorway this week, which is a subtle nod toward MJ’s college career. The AJ XXXI Low has proved to be a versatile shoe with top technology for on-court performance and a fresh look for off-court wear. This new colorway offers a classic tie-in to Jordan’s career, so snag a pair and hit a court near you. Men’s $159.99, Boys’ $119.99.

Release Report: Retro 11 ‘University Blue’ Drops This Weekend!

Release Report: Retro 11 ‘University Blue’ Drops 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 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:

JORDAN RETRO 11 ‘UNIVERSITY BLUE’ – APRIL 15 AT 10 AM ET

Summer is right around the corner, and Jordan Brand is rolling out a fresh Retro 11 colorway that’s perfect for the season. The Retro 11 gives a nod toward MJ’s college days with the ‘University Blue’ color, while the white upper and translucent outsole finish the clean look. Men’s $174.99, Grade School $129.99.

NIKE LEBRON 14 AND KYRIE 3 – APRIL 15 AT 10 AM ET

Two of Cleveland’s finest, King James and Kyrie Irving, are getting outfitted with red-and-black colorways in their signature shoes this weekend. The LeBron 14 features a red, black, and crimson color scheme with a speckled midsole and icy outsole. The Kyrie 3 has a similar scheme, but comes without an icy outsole. LeBron 14 $174.99, Kyrie 3 $119.99.

NIKE PG 1 ‘BLACK ICE’ – APRIL 14 AT 10 AM ET

The newest PG 1 colorway drops just ahead of Paul George and Indiana’s playoff push. The shoe features a black upper, white speckled midsole, and an icy outsole for a fresh look. It is a clean colorway, but more importantly, the PG 1 has become a fan-favorite performance basketball shoe since its release. Can it help Paul George and Indiana upset the defending champs? Men’s $109.99, Grade School Boys’ $89.99.

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3ZER0 – APRIL 15 AT 10 AM ET

Stephen Curry’s newest shoe is here. Built for the playoffs, the Curry 3Zer0 gives Curry the edge he needs to eliminate everything in his path during the playoffs. A reinforced mesh upper provides maximum protection, and adjustable heel support keeps the foot in place. Attack quick and finish strong in Curry’s newest kick. Men’s $119.99, Grade School Boys’ $99.99.

Happy Birthday to the GOAT

Happy Birthday to the GOAT

If you’re a sports or sneaker fan, then Michael Jordan has undoubtedly had an impact on your life. At Eastbay, sports aren’t just our job – they’re our passion. In honor of Michael Jordan’s birthday, we asked a few of our teammates to share their MJ memories.

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Check out what they had to say and let us know your favorite memory or favorite shoe using the comments section below or by finding us on Twitter.

Brandon Martin, Marketing Coordinator

“The first pair of sneakers I bought with my own money were the Jordan Retro 11 ‘Space Jam’ during my senior year of high school in 2009. I had to have them! Space Jam was my favorite movie as a kid and I remembered having the shoes when they initially released.”

Brandon’s favorite Jordan: Jordan Retro 11 ‘Concord’

Benjamin Emanuel, Graduate Associate – Brand Marketing

“My favorite Jordan shoe (that I can remember – my mom said she got me baby Jordans) was the all-white Jordan Team 10/16. I have been a fan of shoes since I can remember, but when I saw my brother get the Jordan Team 10/16 for basketball, it really solidified my love for Jordan shoes. Since that first Jordan shoe, I have owned over 50 pairs and most of them were Retros. The shoes led me to read Michael Jordan’s biography, pick him as the subject for school projects, and choose to root for North Carolina.”

Benjamin’s favorite Jordan: Air Jordan 11 ‘Defining Moments’ pack

Krystal Anthony, Vendor Marketing Manager

“There are two things that my dad and I have in common: our passion for sports and kicks. In 2001, a couple of weeks after my birthday, my dad and I went to the mall to buy the Retro 3 ‘True Blue.’ I wear a grade school size 5, so normally we could go to the mall after the rush on release days and still get the shoes, but this release was different. We drove and called around without any luck. I was disappointed because I wanted to wear them to school on Monday with everyone else. Fast forward to Monday, around the second period I got a called down to the office. My dad was there with the shoes in hand and the t-shirt to match with a huge smile. #ClutchLikeJordan

Krystal’s favorite Jordan: Jordan Retro 11 ‘Columbia’

Ben Schumacher, Marking Manager

“I was a die-hard Jordan fan growing up. He is by far my favorite athlete ever. My entire bedroom growing up was covered in Jordan memorabilia and every night from the time I was 6 until I moved out for college, a life-size cardboard cutout of MJ stood two feet from my bed. I’m pretty sure I wore nothing but a Jordan jersey all of elementary and middle school. My most memorable Jordan moment is unfortunately a bad one. On the way home from a family vacation when I was in middle school my dad surprised us with tickets to a Bucks/Wizards game in Milwaukee. This would be my one and only chance to see MJ play in person. We were at a restaurant prior to the game. I watched in horror as the ESPN ticker revealed that MJ would not be playing due to ‘rest.’ I was devastated. I still think about this moment all the time and it immediately comes to mind as one of the biggest ‘misses’ of my sports life.

Ben’s favorite Jordan: Air Jordan 1 ‘Banned’

Trenton Bodin, Graphic Designer

“The Retro 13 ‘He Got Game’ became my favorite shoe after having it as a child, plus using the Black Panther as inspiration and that being my favorite animal brought it all together. Another favorite of mine is the Retro 11 series with the all-black gamma 11s being my favorite. I used to play basketball in the Space Jam 11 when that originally came out. I also became a big fan of MJ when he came out with a golf collector set that came with golf balls with MJ’s face on them. My dad purchased it for me back when I began golfing when I was a young child and I still use the collector bag to hold all my extra golf balls and tees.”

Trenton’s favorite Jordan: Retro 13 ‘He Got Game’

Kedrick Williams, Social Media Strategist

“My most memorable MJ moment was when I met him for the first time at his birthday party during All-Star Weekend in New York in 2015. He complimented me on my shoes as I was rocking the Statue of Liberty 10s a few days before they released, so I’ll always remember that shoe. My 1st Jordans were the Retro 5 ‘Fire Red’ as a newborn and I had every pair that released after. My mom started this addiction that I still have yet to shake.

Kedrick’s favorite Jordan: Retro 16 ‘Ginger’

Katie Rosenberg, Content Strategist

“In the ’90s, my Milwaukee Bucks had Glenn Robinson, Vin Baker, and Ray Allen. Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway made the Orlando Magic cool. My home state’s Green Bay Packers had Brett Favre at the helm and even the Wisconsin Badgers had one heck of a run with Ron Dayne. The ‘90s were chock full of sports moments and Michael Jordan was a shining star in the sports world milieu.

During that time, my older brother, Jack, was an unabashed Michael Jordan fan. He had the posters, the t-shirts, the hats, the book, and of course, the shoes. I begged my mom to get whatever shoes he brought home and he had a significant collection because he had an after school job at Eastbay.

He had every Jordan but my favorite was the Air Jordan VIII in the playoffs colorway. You can see him wearing them here during his high school graduation party, while I made very bad life decisions. I like to think I would have been wearing my matching VIIIs but unfortunately, I was banned from wearing the same thing at the same time, especially since this was his party. They didn’t survive the abuse I put them through but I made sure to snap these up when they came back in 2013.”

Katie’s favorite Jordan: Air Jordan VIII ‘Playoff’

Jack Rosenberg, eCustomer Care Manager

Growing up in Wisconsin during the ’80s and ’90s, Michael Jordan was larger than life. Whether it was sticking our tongues out every time my friends and I played basketball or singing the iconic “Like Mike” Gatorade song, we were hooked.

My neighbor was the first kid I knew who owned a pair of Jordan’s – Air Jordan 1’s in the Bull’s colorway. I was jealous. I have worn nothing but Jordan’s ever since. When I started working at Eastbay, the first Jordans I bought were the 60+ series in the Atlanta Hawks colorway. I eyed up them for so long and was so happy when I finally got them. They go down as my favorite!

Jack’s favorite Jordan: Jordan 60+

Luke Karban, Marketing Manager

MJ was on everything growing up. McDonald’s commercials, Nike commercials, Gatorade commercials. My first memories of the NBA are watching the Bulls vs. Suns in the NBA Finals. I remember watching the flu game, the Bill Russell pushoff, and MJ taking it to The Glove. His “Wanna Be Like Mike” commercial summed it up best. MJ is associated with greatness and we all want to be great.

Luke’s favorite Jordan: OG AJ 1s and 11s

Happy Birthday to the GOAT. Thanks for the memories, MJ!