A Look Back: The Best Basketball Sneakers From October 2006

A Look Back: The Best Basketball Sneakers From October 2006

It seems difficult to fathom, but some pretty well-known sneakers that dropped in 2006 are already 15 years old. This fall, shoes like the LeBron IV, Kobe 1, and Air Max 360 are just five years away from turning 20. Back in ‘06, future legends like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tracey McGrady, and Dwyane Wade were making names for themselves. Some of the shoes they were wearing became legendary as well. Here are some of the memorable basketball sneakers from that October 2006 Eastbay catalog.

Nike

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike LeBron
Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike Kobe

This was back when LeBron James was really taking off in popularity. Entering his fourth season with the Cleveland Cavs, LeBron also had a new sneaker: the Zoom LeBron IV. Featuring a full-length Zoom Air unit, this model has definitely been a fan favorite over the years. Most people also say this sneaker was built like a tank, weighing a whopping 27.8 ounces. You could also still cop the LeBron III in the low-cut model as well.

The Zoom Kobe 1 was also available that month in the all-black colorway. There were also four colorways still available in the Eastbay Outlet section for $99.99. This was Kobe Bryant’s first official model with Nike after he left adidas and entered one of the most amazing sneaker free agency periods of all time.

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike Air
Look Back Eastbay Catlaog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Nike

Other popular models that season were the Air Max 360 and Air Max 180. As described in the name, the Air Max 360 featured a completely full-length, Air-Sole unit for the most Air cushioning ever. The Air Max 180 had a massive Air Max heel unit along with Zoom Air in the forefoot. Those who hooped in these always have fond memories of them.

Team Basketball sneakers were incredibly popular back then, with the Air Zoom Huarache Elite TB, Air Max Elite TB, and Shox Elite TB being the top choices for high school and college players. The Huarache Elite was designed for smaller, quicker guards, and the Air Max Elite and Shox Elite were built for bigger players. Each model came in just about every colorway imaginable for team matching.

As for retro models, there were a few familiar sneakers available as well, including the Air More Tempo, Air Max Penny IV, and Air Max 2 CB ‘94 Low. Nike was trying to bring back some popular models from 10 years earlier by adding in some new colorways. Unfortunately, the colorways were a bit too off and never really caught on with sneakerheads.

Jordan Brand

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Jordan Brand Carmelo Anthony

Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony was entering his fourth season in the NBA as well, and his signature Jordan Brand sneaker was grabbing everyone’s attention. The October 2006 Eastbay featured the Jordan Melo M3 along with a matching apparel collection. The Jordan XXI PE and Low models were also available that month.

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Jordan Brand

Retro Jordans were continuing to grow in popularity, with the Air Jordan IV ‘Military Blue’ available for kids. There were also four new colorways of the Air Jordan V, including the ‘Green Bean’ colorway, which is rumored to return in 2022.

There was also a ton of Jordan apparel, including authentic on-court UNC, Georgetown and California warmups.

adidas

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 adidas

With Kobe Bryant leaving for Nike in 2003, the new star for adidas was Rockets star Tracy McGrady. His T-Mac sneaker line was packed with high-performance models, including the T-MAC 6, T-MAC Trainer, and T-MAC III. There was also the adidas Courtshark, which was inspired by the T-MAC 5. Retro-wise, the Crazy 8 retro was very popular. This model was originally worn by Kobe Bryant, but was marketed for Wizards star Gilbert Arenas in 2006.

Converse

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Converse Dwyane Wade

Coming off the Heat’s 2006 championship season, Dwyane Wade’s sneaker stock was soaring. In the summer of 2003, Wade left Jordan Brand and signed a deal with Converse, somewhat surprising the sneaker world. Wade’s 1.3 Mid and Signature LE were both available in the October 2006 catalog.

Reebok

Look Back Eastbay Catalog Basketball Sneakers October 2006 Reebok

2006 would be a challenging year for Sixers star Allen Iverson, as he was traded in December to the Denver Nuggets. Iverson was still Reebok’s #1 athlete though, and still had a loyal following. That fall, the Answer X released, featuring Pump Adjustable technology for a custom fit. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Iverson’s Question Mid was still incredibly popular 10 years later, and still was available in many different sleek colorways.

Drew Hammell A Look Back

Drew is the creator of @nikestories on Instagram. Growing up in the ’90s, Drew loved playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and even dabbled in cross country running. He ended up focusing on tennis in high school and helped lead his team to multiple state titles. His favorite athletes growing up include Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Andre Agassi, and Ken Griffey, Jr. He was smart enough to save all his old Eastbay catalogs from the ’90s and loves sharing them with the sneaker community. Follow him at @nikestories or read more of his work here.

A Look Back: The Air Jordan XI Low

A Look Back: The Air Jordan XI Low

Few can deny the impact the Air Jordan XI has had on the sneaker community over the past 25 years. From the very first moments we saw Michael Jordan rocking the XI’s, we were mesmerized by them. Tinker Hatfield’s genius design made them look super-sharp on and off the court. The Air Jordan XI was one of the most popular sneakers MJ ever wore, to the point that Jordan Brand started retro’ing them just five years later beginning in the late fall of 2000. We just couldn’t get enough of that patent leather goodness. 

Although Jordan Brand did release a low-cut version of the XI back in ‘96 in both a white and black colorway, these silhouettes had a different design compared to the mid-cuts. The OG lows were meant more for off-court styling, with breathable mesh weaved into the upper. It almost seemed strange at the time that Jordan Brand and Nike didn’t drop a low-cut version with the patent leather mud guard. That all changed in the Spring of 2001.

 

Drew Hammell Look Back Jordan Retro XI Low

In April and May of 2001, Jordan Brand released low-cut patent leather and super-stylish snakeskin versions of the Air Jordan XI. These shoes were meant to be rocked right away for the warm summer months. They were flashy and looked great with shorts. This low-cut version featured the same full-length encapsulated Air-Sole unit and composite shank-plate, just like the mids. There were also matching Jordan Brand shorts, caps, tees, and beanies – because back in the early ‘00s, your whole fit had to be color-coordinated from head to toe. 

In April 2001, the white/silver colorway dropped for ladies, the white/columbia and white/red dropped for men, and the white/pink dropped for girls. Then in May ‘01, the white/pink snakeskin dropped for women, and the white/navy snakeskin dropped for men. There was also a white/citrus and white/zen grey version.  

Though Michael Jordan was famous for rocking the AJ XI mids, he also wore the lows with patent leather as well. During the NBA Finals versus the Sonics in ‘96, he briefly wore the low-cut “Bred” colorway. He also rocked a low-cut patent leather “Concord” colorway during the trophy ceremony after the Bulls defeated the Sonics that year. It would have made sense for Jordan Brand to bring these classic colorways back in low-cut versions right off the bat, but we had to wait years for them to finally release to the public. 

While the holidays have always been about the AJ XI mid releases each year, the summer belongs to the lows. This spring, Jordan Brand is bringing back the white/citrus colorway, along with a low-cut version of the classic “Legend Blue”. The love for the XI’s is not going away anytime soon, so once again these models will be instant sell outs.

The Jordan Retro XI Low drops 5/7 on eastbay.com

Drew Hammell A Look Back

Drew is the creator of @nikestories on Instagram. Growing up in the ’90s, Drew loved playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and even dabbled in cross country running. He ended up focusing on tennis in high school and helped lead his team to multiple state titles. His favorite athletes growing up include Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Andre Agassi, and Ken Griffey, Jr. He was smart enough to save all his old Eastbay catalogs from the ’90s and loves sharing them with the sneaker community. Follow him at @nikestories

Best Football Cleats

Best Football Cleats

Buying a new pair of football cleats is an investment. You need a dependable pair that can weather the wear and tear of a long, grueling season. But you also want to pick out a cleat that fits your style of play and looks good while you’re out there on the field. Finding all these qualifications in one pair of cleats can be tricky, so let us guide you through some of our top-selling football cleats and make your job a little bit easier.

adidas Adizero 8.0White/White

White on white on white. This Adizero’s classic and clean colorway meshes perfectly with the aerodynamic and textured look adidas created for this cleat model. A stable and strong cleat plate combined with the lightweight, EVA midsole gives you the perfect feeling of fast underneath your feet. With the minimalist design and clear white look, this cleats pairs well with almost any team color scheme so you can play well and look even better doing it.

Nike Vapor Untouchable 3Game Royal/Game Royal/White

The Nike Football design lab has been consistently churning out good looking cleats for years now, but there’s something about the Vapor Untouchable that goes above and beyond the brand’s norm. This Game Royal colorway instantly captures your attention with the speckled, optical illusion-like pattern plastered across the front of the cleat. The cleat also boasts silver accents around the midfoot and on the Nike ‘Swoosh’ while the one-piece bootie construction gives off a modern and practical look. Built for dynamic players, this cleat ensures that you will stand out from the rest on game day.

adidas Adizero 8.0 Burner White/Gold/White

A cleat as flashy as it is fast. This golden Adizero Burner gives off big trophy vibes and is specially designed to allow for superior traction without overly weighing you down with cleat pressure. The reflective heel offers premier support and is sure to turn heads as you streak down the field. This cleat also utilizes a snug lace closure system to provide an excellent fit and has an ironskin toe cap that’s abrasion-resistant for long-lasting use.

Jordan Retro 10 Mid White/Game Royal/Light Steel Grey

The Jordan brand needs no introduction. The sneaker giant has dominated the basketball and casual shoe world for decades, but only recently transitioned over to the gridiron, creating classic Jordan Retro looks in cleat form. This Game Royal/Steel Grey colorway of the famous Retro 10 instantly gathered praise from casual culture observers to avid readers of hypebeast.com. This cleat not only looks fresh, it’s also super practical on the field. The mid-high fit sleeve contained in durable, synthetic leather makes it one of the most comfortable cleats in the game.

Under Armour Spotlight Select MidBlack/Black/White

For fans of the all black everything look, you have to check out this Under Armour Spotlight Select cleat. Haptic Printing overlays combined with mid-cut construction mesh give this model the prototypical Under Armour design, accompanied by the advanced tech that the brand always provides. This cleat also features strategically placed bladed and conical studs for improved braking along with quick, multidirectional movements so you’ll never get caught slipping on grass or turf.

How Women Can Find Jordan Shoes In Their Size

How Women Can Find Jordan Shoes In Their Size

Everybody wants a fresh pair of Js. The problem, if you’re a woman, is that the sizing can be a little bit tricky when it comes to Jordan shoes. So let’s break it down.

A lot of women buy men’s Jordan shoes in OG colorways, but Jordan has also continued to expand their offerings specifically for women. While Jordan shoes don’t come in women’s sizes, the brand does offer extended girls’ sizing to accommodate women who want to buy these sneakers. Typically, girls’ sizes range from 3.5-7. Jordan girls’ sizes extend all the way up to size 9.5, which is the equivalent of a women’s size 11.

To convert your regular women’s size into a Jordan’s grade school girls’ size, simply subtract 1.5 from your normal shoe size. For example, if you wear a women’s size 8, then you would buy a Jordan shoe in a grade school girls’ size 6.5.

Check out the conversion chart below to conveniently find your size. Now that you know how the sizing works, go cop a new pair and rock those Jordans.

Your Jordan Retro Destination Since 1985

Your Jordan Retro Destination Since 1985

Jordan Retro Vault Story

The Air Jordan line turned the basketball world upside down when it debuted in 1985. Over 30 years later, Jordans continue to be some of the world’s most sought-after shoes, delivering the perfect combination of innovative performance and street-worthy style.

Eastbay has been there every step of the way, from the introduction of the iconic AJ 1 to the hottest Jordans being released today. We combed through our archives, finding classic AJs that were showcased in the Eastbay magazine throughout the years. Eastbay has been your Jordan Retro Destination since 1985, when the AJ 1 graced our cover.

Check out some of our throwback magazines that featured famous Jordans and click here to see our huge selection of Retros available now.

 

A Look Back

1985 was the first time Air Jordans appeared in our catalog, thanks to the Retro 1 on this cover.

Jordan Retro Image 1

 


 

November of 1994 saw the debut of the soon-to-be-legendary Air Jordan 10.

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