words // Zack Schlemmer
In this edition of Eastbay Memory Lane we go back to 1998 with a page full of classics from Nike Basketball and early Jordan Brand. Highlighting the page is the Air Jordan XII, which will release this Saturday, April 21 in the Black/White “Playoffs” colorway. While we didn’t get a chance to buy that colorway from this page, we did get options of another three of the five original colorways of the shoe, including the “Obsidian” colorway that will retro in June. Also from Jordan Brand, we see the interesting Air Jordan Trainer and one of the best Jordan team shoes ever, the Jumpman Pro.
The hits just keep coming on this page with absolute classics from Nike Basketball like the Air Penny III, Gary Payton’s Air Zoom Flight, Air Pippen II, and Foamposite Pro in its beloved Pearl colorway. It’s hard to believe now that there was a time when you could get all of these celebrated and sought after shoes from just one single page of Eastbay.
words // Luis Sanchez
Before there was LeBron James, Kevin Durant or even Kobe Bryant representing for Nike Basketball, there was Kevin Garnett, Penny Hardaway, Scottie Pippen, as well as ‘The Glove” Gary Payton. Creating what many call the “Glory Days” for Nike Basketball shoes, KG, Pip, Penny and The Glove had some of the most memorable signature sneakers Nike Basketball has ever put out. As part of our latest trip down memory lane with Eastbay, we bring you a look at the memorable signature sneakers worn by these stars.
We get a look at everything from KG’s first ever signature shoe with the Swoosh, to the Gary Payton endorsed Air Zoom Flight. Fan favorites at the time, we take a look back at the original Air Jordan XIII and the Air Jordan Trainer. Of course Penny Hardaway was also one of the biggest stars at the time, with the Air Penny III just having been released by Eastbay. We also take a look back at Pip’s memorable Air Pippen II, as well as the often-forgotten Jumpman Team Jordan and the iconic Air Max Uptempo
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words // Luis Sanchez
In our latest installment of the popular Eastbay Memory Lane feature, we bring you a look at a couple memorable Nike Baseball cleats. Taking us all the way back to the 1999 baseball season, we get a look at Ken Griffey Jr’s signature Nike cleats in his last season as the face of the Seattle Mariners. Wearing a cleated version of the Air Griffey Max IV, Jr had one of the most complete seasons of his career before being traded to his hometown Cincinnati Reds in 2000.
Another classic featured in today’s trip down memory lane is the Nike Prime 9, a shoe that was everywhere from little league to the major leagues in ’99. Featuring a design that could have easily been a signature style for any of Nike’s premier ballplayers, the Prime 9 released in a variety of colorways to become one of Nike’s most recognizable baseball cleats of all-time.
Enjoy a look at the classic ’99 Air Griffey Max and the Nike Prime 9 just as they appeared in 1999 as part of Eastbay’s latest trip down memory lane.