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 their 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:
The third and final rendition of Jordan’s seasonal “soar” theme brings us this Retro 5. The shoe is predominantly white, with navy blue accents/loopholes, and shows flashes of gold. If you’re looking for a clean colorway that makes a bold statement, then ‘Dunk From Above’ Saturday. Men’s $174.99. Grade School $119.99. Preschool $74.99. Toddler $54.99.
LeBron’s favorite breakfast cereal is Fruity Pebbles, and he apparently loves them so much, he’s dedicated an entire Kids’ shoe release to them. This shoe may not satisfy your hunger, but they will definitely make your mouth water. Get the best breakfast around on Saturday. Grade School $164.99, Preschool $94.99, Toddler $61.99.
The newest Flyknit Racer is for fans of America. It resembles the ‘Blue Cactus’ colorway that dropped last week, but excludes any green and adds a red swoosh. The Nike Flyknit Racer ‘Stars & Stripes’ is available now. Men’s only $149.99.
On January 18, Nike is releasing some Black History Month-themed signature shoes from the game’s best athletes. I’m going to break down each shoe from this powerful ‘Black History Month’ pack.
The wildly popular Kyrie 2 has been changing the game — seriously. And the most dynamic point guard in the game just got another unique colorway for his new shoe. Fit your feet in festive African colors, and light up the game in traditional African style with the Nike Kyrie 2 ‘BHM’ on Monday.
In the wide circle of sneakerheads, the LeBron 13 is widely hyped or widely disliked. While the naysayers like the overall thought and design put into the shoe, they believe the colors aren’t bright enough. However, people in favor of this colorway say it’s a unique twist on tradition, and shouldn’t be knocked for staying true to African culture. After all, it is a Black History Month shoe. What’s your opinion? Let us know in the comments below.
For the flashiest take on Nike’s ‘BHM’ offerings, look no further than the Kobe 11s. With a bright blue toe that morphs into a multicolor design as it reaches the heel and white midsole and Swoosh for contrast, these shoes stand out and leave a message.
KD’s take on Black History Month is a bold one — dark on top, and bright on the bottom. Traditional African tribal colors are placed on the swoosh, shoestrings, and outer tongue. The midsole is white with a colorful egg speckled print, the air sole unit is clear blue, and the sole is icy translucent rubber.
Remember, all of the shoes will be available January 18 at 10 am ET. The Kobe 11s are available in Men’s sizes only, but the other three are offered in Kid’s sizes. Which of these signature shoes in the Black History Month pack will most likely be added to your collection? Let us know below.
On December 26, Nike is releasing some holiday-themed signature shoes from your favorite athletes: LeBron, Kobe, Kyrie, and KD. I’m going to break down each shoe from this year’s pack: Fire & Ice.
Kyrie 2: Ready For The Yeti?
The first-ever Kyrie 2, the ‘Effect’, recently made headlines as a great innovation in gear for guards. The day after Christmas, Nike is releasing its second Kyrie 2. It features a set of teeth on the mid-strap, an icy sole, and an aqua blue forefoot, as the shoe pays tribute to the abominable snowman. Watch out, this folklore phenomenon is coming for your feet soon.
LeBron 13: Walking In A Winter Wonderland
At this time of year, fierce and frigid temperatures pulsate throughout the Cleveland area. Between heavy precipitation, tough winds, and a seemingly-permanent layer of ice across the streets, the Midwest is brutal — but beautiful — in winter. That’s the story behind this icy blue shoe, and you can get it the day after Christmas.
Kobe X Elite Low: Five Golden Rings
Kobe may be retiring, but his shoe game is on fire, metaphorically, of course. The forefoot is emblazoned with fiery Flyknit, while the ankle/heel features five golden rings that represent his outstanding on-court achievements. Nike recently noted that it’s indeed releasing the Kobe 11, so if this Christmas shoe is the last Kobe X, we have to give Nike props for making it go down in flames (in a good way).
KD 8: A Little Naughty, A Little Nice
On the outside-facing part of the shoe, there’s a calm, milky white tone. In contrast, the inside of the shoe features a hot-coal design. This is perhaps inspired by how peerless the winter months are, but how warm and cozy staying in the comfort of your own home can be. At least that’s how I interpreted this design, but maybe my love for hot cocoa and fireplaces makes me biased. Regardless of interpretation, these are pretty unique, and the best part is that they’re dropping in Boys’ sizes, too.
Remember, all of these Fire & Ice shoes (with the exception of the Kobe) will be available in Men’s and Grade School sizes. All four drop December 26 at 10 am ET — sure to make your holiday happy.
LeBron’s a family man, but his dedication to his basketball career is evident. He’s arguably the greatest player in the world, after all. What most people don’t see, though, is that he has the same (if not more) dedication to his family as he does ball. This shoe acknowledges the increasingly demanding balancing act between career and family, and it’s a nod to those who walk that fine line so well.
The predominately blue color speaks to the tranquility and calm peace that is LeBron’s family. The orange speckles and accents remind us of his team colors, and how Cleveland is intrinsically part of his family, but also a separate entity. Lastly, LeBron’s initials are etched onto the back of the shoes (unlike any other LeBron 13), which represent how important this balancing act of life is to him. You can get it Cyber Monday, only at eastbay.com.
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 their 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 Thanksgiving weekend:
Nike LeBron 13 ‘Balance’ – Monday, Nov. 30 at 10 am ET
If you want first dibs on Cyber Monday, the only place you’ll find this shoe is at eastbay.com. This 13 reflects LeBron’s ability to juggle his family time with his busy professional career. If you’re responsible enough to balance your life and career aspirations, the Nike LeBron 13 ‘Balance’ is your signature shoe. Men’s $199.99
Jordan Retro ‘Aqua’ 8 – Available Now
Hold your breath and open your gills for this underwater-inspired Retro 8. Originally worn by MJ in the ’94 all-star game, the ‘Aqua’ 8 is one of the biggest critical Retro successes. It was last redone in 2007. If you’re lucky enough to cop a pair, Jordan is dedicating an entire clothing line to match the shoe, so be sure to check it out. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $59.99, Infant $44.99
Jordan Retro 1 High OG – Monday, Nov. 30 at 10 am ET
This shoe that proves simplicity is beautiful. Who thought something so simple could be so perfect? The fact that this shoe got the OG treatment got us really excited over here at Eastbay. Be on the lookout to grab these Saturday, because if not, you’ll be looking at them all over your neighborhood. Men’s $159.99, Grade School $119.99
adidas Originals ZX Flux ‘Xeno’ – Available Now
Superstars shine bright in the limelight — that’s the idea behind the adidas Originals ZX Flux ‘Xeno’. Reflective technology shines when placed in bright direct light, like a camera flash, for example. For those that live life in the flash lane, the ZX Flux ‘Xeno’ is dropping on Black Friday. Men’s $119.99, Women’s $119.99