Eastbay Memory Lane: The Beginning of the Retro

Eastbay Memory Lane: The Beginning of the Retro

words_Nick Engvall

You could make an argument for any era of basketball sneakers as being the greatest time period for sneakerheads. Thinking back always has a way of bringing up the debate but only when you start to look through the Eastbay Memory Lane can you really recall all of the shoes that may or may not have become classic from one collector to the next.

These two pages from the February 1995 catalog do a pretty decent job for arguing the case for the basketball shoes of the 1994-1995 NBA Season. We’ve seen some of these originals return in retro form many times like the Charles Barkley worn Nike Air Max 2 CB 94. While some like the Nike Air Go LWP made its first retro appearance ever this year. Still some, like the Nike Air Up or Nike Air Gone remain locked away in the Nike vault awaiting their chance to return once again.

One thing that was interesting however about the 1994-1995 NBA Season was the return of Michael Jordan from his short-lived minor league baseball career. For sneakerheads this year also marked a turning point in the sneaker culture in many ways as it was the first time that any of the Jordan shoes were brought back in retro form. The iconic Air Jordan 1 that started it all returned for the first time in classic Chicago colorways in late 1994 and changed the direction of sneaker culture forever.

Check out some of the memorable shoes from the February 1995 Eastbay Catalog below.

Eastbay Memory Lane: 1995 Basketball ShoesEastbay Memory Lane: 1995 Basketball Shoes