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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the workout enthusiast on your shopping list, you’ve come to right place. From compression gear to shoes and shorts, Eastbay has a huge selection of products that are perfect gifts for the average gym-goer or the expert weight lifter. You want the newest styles and technology from the best brands this winter, so take a look at our list and then tell your loved ones exactly what you want this holiday season to take your training to the next level.
- Nike Therma Hoodie
If there is one thing people who live in cold climates should know, it is that you can never have enough hoodies. The Nike Therma Hoodie is exactly what the everyday athlete needs to keep warm and dry through all of their outdoor workouts. With over thirty different colors to choose from for your holiday wish list, you’ll be sure to find the hoodie perfect for your layering needs.
- Nike Metcon 2
Does it get any better than unwrapping a box of new kicks during the holidays? The Nike Metcon 2 is one of the most popular training shoes on the market and is versatile enough for any workout, as it allows you lift and run with ease. With a large variety of sizes and over 20 different colorways, you should have no problem finding the perfect pair for your wish list.
- Nike Women’s All Time Hoodie
Knock out your New Year’s training resolutions in style this January! If you are looking for a sweatshirt that won’t restrict you in your daily outdoor training routine, then get the Nike All Time Hoodie onto your wish list. Whether you are a fan of basic colors and the simple swoosh, or fancy colors and “Just Do It” lettering, you should have no problem finding what you want.
- Nike Women’s Pro Cool 3” Compression Shorts
Get the workout look you have always wanted this holiday season by adding a pair of Nike Pro Cool 3” Compression shorts to your list. These shorts are a perfect addition to any workout outfit and are sure to keep you comfortable no matter your training routine. A large number of colors and patterns are available that allow you to show off your personality in the gym.
- Under Armour Icon Hoodie
One of the most lightweight, breathable, and flexible hoodies on the market, the Under Armour Icon Hoodie is perfect for any cold weather training challenge. Made from a durable polyester material and available in over 20 colors, this hoodie is a great holiday gift you will make use of no matter what is in your way.
- Under Armour Speedform Amp Trainer
Lace up for your workouts in style this winter with the Under Armour Speedform AMP Trainer, a great gift no matter what kind of training you do. Whether you are high-intensity training, weight training, agility training, or speed training, these shoes get the job done thanks to their AMP technology which gives you a precision fit and comfortable feel all workout long.
As the holidays draw near and you finish up your last minute wish list, make sure you get all of the gear you need to conquer your workout resolutions for 2017. No matter how experienced you are or how hard you train, we have what you need at eastbay.com.
Still not sure what to add to your list? No problem. You can always give and receive the gift of greatness by purchasing a Gift Card from eastbay.com.
By: Travelle Gaines
If you are serious about training — no matter what sport — then you should be serious about the footwear you are wearing during your workouts. Too many athletes today can be found sporting running shoes or even casual shoes during intense training. They don’t understand the benefits that a strong training shoe can bring. The Nike Metcon 2 and Nike Romaleos 2 are two of the top training shoes on the market, and below I will break down the workout benefits of each.
Nike Metcon 2
Think of this as your strong and versatile weightlifting shoe. With enough sleekness for runs and more than enough stability — under load and laterally — for any lift, this shoe stands out over others. Some features:
- Highly abrasion-resistant yet breathable upper withstands the most demanding training regimen.
- Flywire cables provide a locked-down fit and feel without sacrificing flexibility.
- Flat and firm foam rubber outsole with 4 mm drop, and a thermoplastic polyurethane plate is ideal for deadlifts and squats, as it’s designed to maintain stability under load.
- Zero-friction heel clips keep you steady when doing handstand push-ups, allowing your feet to glide up and down with ease, no matter the wall material.
- Aggressive sticky rubber outsole pattern gives you traction on any surface.
- Midfoot rope wrap is made of a highly durable rubber that allows you to climb ropes without fear of slippage or material failure.
Nike Romaleos 2
Think of this as your serious, next-level weightlifting shoe. This is for advanced weightlifters looking to lift a lot of weight in the gym. Some features are:
- Durable synthetic upper is constructed from materials that are ultra-supportive while being lighter than the previous model.
- Integrated lacing and two large hook-and-loop fasteners keep your foot locked firmly in place on any lift.
- Elastic on the top of the shoe flexes with the tendons of your foot during the snapping “triple extension” movement of clean and jerk lifting.
- Two different sock liners are included: a softer insert for training and a harder version for competition, when you benefit most from zero deflection as power is transferred through the foot.
- Nike’s exclusive contoured thermoplastic polyurethane heel wedge cups your heel and supports your foot to provide unmatched lifting stability.
- Rugged outsole design minimizes wear on the heel.
I assume most of you already know why it’s important to wear a training shoe during a workout involving weights, but I’ll close by stating once again that a training shoe is much more stable than a running shoe. If you’re serious about making “GAINES” and want to get better in the weight room — or in whatever training route you’ve chosen — get a shoe designed specifically for training.
The fall sports season is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to kick your workouts up a notch. There’s no better way to elevate every mile, set, and drill than with the latest Nike training gear. It offers the proven performance, secure fit, and unrivaled style you love. So, let’s break down some of this year’s top options.
Designed for medium-impact workouts like running and cardio, this bra will be your new go-to in the gym and on the trail. With a racerback design for a full range of motion and a soft elastic chest band for a comfortable, snug fit, you can move freely during your entire workout while staying secure. It also features removable pads so that you can get the exact amount of coverage you’re looking for.
The Nike Elastika tank has been a female trainer favorite for years now, and the Elevate JDI tank is a fresh update to the vaunted line. Dri-FIT® fabric keeps you dry during your most intense training sessions, while mesh straps and a minimal back keep you cool.
When you want to add a touch of bold style to your outfit, you can’t beat these flashy tights. The orange and pink lines running down the tights give them an eye-catching, trendy look. And don’t worry, they’ve still got the elite moisture wicking and comfort you’ve come to expect from Nike clothing.
Your training shoe is probably the most important part of your training gear, and the Nike Metcon 2 is in a class of its own. A Phlyon midsole gives you reliable comfort and stability, a mesh upper provides great breathability, and forefoot flex grooves allow your feet to move naturally. It is designed to push you forward during your toughest workouts.
If none of these are quite your style, don’t worry. We have a plethora of other great training products from Nike (link to nike women’s training) and all of your other favorite brands. (link to all women’s training) So grab the gear that fits you perfectly, head to the gym or field, and get ready to take this season to an even higher level.