“We’ve got what’s hot for fall,” read the caption on the front cover of the August 1999 Eastbay catalog. Looking back, that was actually a massive understatement. It was always sad to realize that school was just around the corner, but it was also exciting because fall sports were here. For the pros, MLB playoff races were heating up, and the NFL season was kicking off. Plus, college football was starting as well. For us kids, we were perusing the pages for our Back to School pair of sneakers, apparel, and soccer or football cleats. There were way too many kicks to choose from, as the August ‘99 Eastbay catalog was packed with a ton of new styles for the fall. Plus, they had their website up and running with over 17,000 products online. Here’s a look back at some of the classic kicks from that season.
This particular Eastbay issue kicked right off with Trail Running, which was a little random for them. Typically we saw Basketball, Running or Football first. I was totally fine with the change, as all the big brands were cranking out some dope trail runners. adidas was leading the charge with the Response Trail and Incision. They both featured adiPRENE cushioning in the heel and forefoot. Nike was close behind with some great trail runners as well, including the all new Air Terra Goatek. The Goatek had a super-grippy outsole that worked like a goat’s hoof. If Goatek, aka G-Tek sounds familiar, it’s because rapper Drake’s new sneaker also uses this OG technology. And don’t forget about the New Balance 802 – back when I worked at Foot Locker in high school, I remember selling a ton of these.
Nike was churning out crazy technological cushioning advances, including visible Zoom Air in the Air Zoom Citizen, a heel Tuned Air unit in the Air Max Plus, and a full-length Tuned Air unit in the Air Tuned Max. The Tuned Max and Air Max Plus have retroed, but we’re still waiting patiently for the return of the Citizen. The Air Zoom Citizen was developed by Rick Lower, who had some challenges designing it with the new visible Zoom Air cushioning. Over time, it has become a cult favorite, however. adidas was dropping plenty of popular runners as well, including the Response, Ozweego, Supernova, Equipment Ride, and Universal. All had super-clean looks with great adiPRENE cushioning inside.
This was back when Jordan Brand was becoming its own entity apart from Nike. Jordan Brand had their own section in Eastbay, leading off the basketball part of the catalog. There was plenty of apparel, and some shoes that might look familiar including the Air Jordan XIV Low, the 3 Percent (MJ’s body fat percentage at the time), the Trunner, and the Quick 6 (for Eddie Jones). Interestingly, that UNC-themed AJ XIV was a sample pair – the pair that released to the public had perforations on the upper instead of the smooth leather. The Nike Basketball pages were full of unique silhouettes, including the debut of the Air Flightposite (dropped 8/18/1999), the Vroomlicious, the Air Tuned Uptempo, and the Air Pippen III. Allen Iverson’s Reebok Questions were still going strong 3 years after they originally dropped, with low-cut versions taking off for the warmer months.
Some great tennis models were available, including Andre Agassi’s Air Zoom Beyond (designed by Wilson Smith) and Air Court Motion (designed by Peter Hudson). The Air Zoom Sterling for women also featured visible Zoom Air like the Beyond. The GTS Lo, which stands for “Great Tennis Shoe” as the story goes, was a very popular casual model. I personally owned both the Air Zoom Beyond to play in for matches, and the Air Duration II to practice in.
Nike was putting out some incredibly high-quality soccer boots, including the Mercurial R9, which was designed for Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo. There was also a women’s version called the Air Zoom M9, which was made for American women’s star Mia Hamm. Along with the Mercurial and M9, there was also the Air Rio Zoom, which featured a full-length Zoom Air sockliner. adidas was obviously no slouch in the football department, and dropped the Equipment Predator Accelerator for a whopping $164.99. adidas also made the Equipment Maneeta – the first Predator shoe designed for women.
The Cross Training section was packed with trainers that don’t get enough love, including the Total Air Griffey Max, the Air Max 120, and the Air 90. This was also when the Air Sunder Max was making big waves. Nike trainers in general were getting very bright and colorful, and utilized all sorts of cushioning, from Zoom Air, to Tuned Air, to Air Max.
Think Eastbay shoppers loved football? This issue had 9 pages dedicated just to the cleats alone. That’s not even counting additional pages featuring plenty more football equipment and jerseys. Stars like Keyshawn Johnson, Peyton Manning, Chris Slade, Howard Griffeth, Antonio Freeman, Doug Flutie, Barry Sanders, John Randle all made cameo appearances on those pages. Cleats like the Air Zoom Apocalypse, Pro Shark Stove, and Reebok Pro Shroud gave players of all ages and levels great options to choose from.
Want to see more of Drew’s classic Eastbay catalog collection? Make sure you check out all of his Look Back stories.
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.
Calling all footy fans! Nike just released their new
“Euphoria Pack” soccer cleats and they’re literally dripping with style. Each
Nike cleat model is designed to look the way you play, using unique, paint-splatter
colorways that really stand out on the pitch. Let’s take a look at the four new
boots and break down the features that correspond with the designs.
Looking for the fastest cleat in the game? Look no further than the Mercurial Superfly. This boot even looks like the designers tried to paint it while the world’s fastest players were running full speed past them. The dripping orange design on the inside of the mesh upper mimics the quickness you’ll notice in this cleat, while the Dynamic-Fit collar gives this shoe a sock-like feel. The Mercurial Superfly is the standard for striking performance, worn by the top players in the game today.
Now this might be the cleanest cleat in the pack. The
Phantom Vision blue paint pattern uses a minimalistic combination of spray and
spatter, because when you’re in this cleat, it’s all about blocking out the
distractions and making the precise play. This boot features Nike’s innovative
ghost lacing system, meaning the cushioned sockliner and laces are hidden
beneath a mesh outer layer, providing a clean strike every time. The Phantom
Vision, like the Mercurial Superfly, also features a mid-cut collar that reinforces
your ankle and offers the ultimate comfort and support.
The Phantom Venom is the epitome of a complete cleat. The
flyknit upper material partially covers the laces for a precise and powerful
strike. This boot never fails to place the ball in perfect position, giving you
pinpoint accuracy when finding the back of the net. The blades on this shoe’s
instep create maximum spin, offering complete control over the bend of your
strikes. The Phantom Venom design is as simple and clean as the Phantom Vision,
but if you prefer a low-cut cleat, then the Venom is the choice for you.
Need some stability in your life? Highlighted by a stylish, misty-orange
paint pattern, the heel on the Tiempo Legend cleat features stability pods
inside the collar that cup your ankle for comfortable support. This boot also
utilizes NikeGrip technology and flywire cables integrated in the laces to lock
down your foot and help prevent sliding while the kangaroo leather upper is
perfect for providing a soft touch when needed. For any position, in any conditions,
the Tiempo Legend is as versatile as they come.
Click the title on each “Euphoria Pack” boot to check out
pricing and sizing options and let us know which one you’ll be rocking in the
Whether it involves racing towards the goal, starting the fast break, or shutting down the opposition’s attack, every soccer position plays a unique and vital role in a team’s success. So when it comes to gearing up, make sure what you suit up in is built to match your particular set of skills and your position’s requirements. With that in mind, let’s get to it—check out your position and find the perfect women’s soccer gear for you with our Women’s Soccer Gear Guide.
To become the most dangerous scoring threat during every match, forwards need elite touch and total lockdown. The Nike Mercurial Veloce III has a lightweight Teijin microfiber upper and an internal cage to keep your foot in place comfortably and help you blast the ball into the back of the net.
If you’re looking to blow by your defenders on your way to the goal, the adidas X 17.1 is the right choice. Its Techfit upper gives you the stability and support you need while the Sprintframe outsole provides unmatched levels of speed and explosiveness.
As you go on the attack, you can do so with confidence and comfort with the Nike Mercurial Flylight Guard. Its flexible shell provides reliable protection during impact and Dri-FIT technology keeps you comfortable and dry.
Midfielders rack up the most miles so it’s essential that their cleats give them all-day comfort and the perfect fit. The Nike Hypervenom Phatal III features a contoured sockliner and Flywire cables so that every step you take is perfectly cushioned.
You’ve also got to set the tempo and make that perfect pass that leads the break. With UA ClutchFit tech and a Trivela microfiber upper, the Under Armour ClutchFit Force has the touch, traction, and responsiveness you need to change the momentum of the match.
Your shin guards need to protect you without giving you any distractions. The Nike Mercurial Lite have a low-profile construction and contain EVA foam for superb impact protection that won’t slow you down.
Fast, supportive, and comfortable—the adidas ACE 17.1 is a defender’s dream. Its Primeknit upper wraps around your foot for adaptive stability while the Sprintframe outsole is extremely light and responsive.
When defending, you’ll also need to cut at a moment’s notice and take control of the ball the minute it reaches your foot. The Medial Pivot Zone and Vari-zone Ariaprene upper on the New Balance Furon Pro V2 help you change directions on a dime and allow for incredible ball manipulation.
Making sliding tackles can be dangerous. But if you gear up in the adidas Ghost Pro Guard, you’ll get the advanced protection and durable cushioning you need to go all out every moment.
It can be difficult picking gear as a goalie, but the Nike Tiempo Legend VI is an excellent option. Constructed from kangaroo leather with All Conditions Control tech, you’ll get unrivaled control in any weather. And its flexible TPU plate moves with you to ensure that you can react immediately and never slip.
Goalies will also love lacing up in the adidas COPA 17.1 cleats. Foam areas in the sock liner and heel lining give it a sock-like fit while the Premium K-leather upper gives you a luxurious fit and optimal ball touch. It’s truly a cleat fit for a keeper.
There are plenty of goalie gloves out there, but the customizable fit and premium padding of the Nike Vapor Grip move it to the top of this list. Grip3 tech also gives you enhanced grip, and a ventilated design keeps your hands cool.
Did you find the gear you crave? Don’t worry, if you want to keep looking, Eastbay has a huge collection of the latest soccer gear from all the brands you love. Check it out here, choose the perfect fit, and get out there and dominate.
With the ground beginning to thaw and spring just around the corner, things are beginning to heat up for the highly anticipated summer of 2014. To tide us over for the months leading up to Brazil, both adidas and Nike have released some dynamic new colorways for some of their most popular cleats.
The adidas Predator gets a makeover in Running White with accents in Earth Green and Solar Zest. The crisp, white upper provides the basis for a clean, fresh-looking boot. The Solar Zest orange outsole imparts a burst of color that’s just enough to add a contemporary touch to the shoe, while preserving the clean look and preventing it from being too flashy. Earth Green (brownish, olive-green) stripes and cleat accents round it all off and work surprisingly well with the bright orange.
Next up is the adidas Nitrocharge. Outfitted in the same colors as the Predator above— but in a different arrangement — this edition of the Nitrocharge exudes an active personality, which is what the Nitrocharge was designed for. The olive-hued Earth Green provides the base color, while the Solar Zest outsole and forefoot stripe provide a burst of color. Running White gets the honor of representing the traditional three stripes and also provides some accents on the bottom of the shoe.
Rounding out this adidas collection is the F50 series, which gets outfitted in Glow, Earth Green, and Solar Zest colorway. The Solar Zest outsole pairs with the Glow green upper in a citrusy fusion of football flavor. The cleat tips and ever-present three stripes are decked out in Earth Green to complete an interesting cleat.
As opposed to adidas, Nike is a little more eclectic with its choice of colorways. The ever-popular Mercurial is the recipient of two looks that are designed to be nods to previous tournament models of the now-iconic boot.
The first, a Vibrant Yellow/Neo Lime/Metallic Silver/Black scheme, is reminiscent of the popular 2006 model, which was produced for the tournament in Germany. In an additional nod to the 2006 model, the cleats feature “06M” branding on the heel.
The second Mercurial released features a Metallic Mach Purple/Total Orange/Urban Lilac look. This scheme was designed to resemble the Mercurial featured during the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and like the model above, features “10M” branding on the heel as an additional nod to its predecessor.
Next up for Nike is a vibrant new scheme for the CTR360 Maestri III. The cleat is completely covered in Bright Crimson, with the exception of black Swoosh logos and a metallic silver tongue, which come together to result in a striking boot. The CTR series from Nike will soon be replaced by a new series, and as a result, this is the final colorway that will be released for the CTR360.
The Hypervenom series also gets two new colorways. The first is a Vibrant Yellow/Volt Ice/Black scheme. Vibrant Yellow is the base color with Volt Ice functioning as the secondary on the upper. Black on the laces, logos, and outsole provides a bold contrast and creates a look that exudes pure speed.
The second Hypervenom colorway is a decidedly more classic take on the modern boot, featuring black and white to provide a simple, professional look. Neo Lime accents on the forefoot and Hypervenom branding provide a small burst of color that complements the cleat’s clean design. Where its sibling exudes speed, this Hypervenom colorway screams precision, every step of the way.
Last up, The Nike Tiempo series gets decked out in Total Crimson/Metallic Silver/White. This colorway follows the established Tiempo pattern of dividing the cleats’ colors in half. In this case, Total Crimson (with a white Swoosh) covers the outside and toe sections, and white (with a Total Crimson Swoosh) covers the inner section. The tongue and rear Tiempo badging are metallic silver and provide a classy spark to what has been a legendary cleat for Nike over the past several years.
The new colorways from adidas and Nike are available in adult and youth, at all price levels of each cleat series, and in both indoor and turf styles. Matching clothing and equipment for these colorways will also be available.
Straying away from some of the more eye-catching, vivid colorways we’ve seen at launch, Nike Soccer has released its standout cleats in new black-based styles. With these sleek styles, players will be able to bring all-business edge to the pitch when competing at any level.
The Mercurial Vapor IX is the latest version of Nike’s flagship soccer cleat. It’s engineered with a new Speed Control upper that provides a level of support and touch for players to excel in speed and speed.
Launched last month, the Hypervenom is an all-new silhouette created using the NIKESKIN system. The tech features a soft mesh bound with a thin polyurethane film, finished off with All Conditions Control (ACC) for performance in any weather condition.
The CTR360 is packed with game-boosting features like a revamped 3D control pad engineered to maximize pin-point passing and a kanga-lite upper optimized for receiving and distributing.
For firm-ground play, the Tiempo Legend IV offers unbeatable comfort and ball touch for powerful play and control on the field.
All of these styles are now available in black with contrasting orange and white accents here today.