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 RETRO 13 ‘BLACK CAT’ – JANUARY 21 AT 10 AM ET
The Retro 13 ‘Black Cat’ takes the iconic silhouette of the AJ 13 and combines it with Black Panther inspiration for a sleek, stylish look that Jordan fans will go crazy for. The shoe features a full black upper with 3M reflective detailing. The ‘Black Cat’ look is completed with paw prints on the outsole and the hologram, as well as a black rubber outsole and a black cat logo on the insole. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.
NIKE KOBE A.D. – JANUARY 20 AT 10 AM ET
The Kobe A.D. lets you feel the court the way Kobe intended with low-profile, responsive cushioning and dynamic comfort. The Kobe A.D. marks the end of Kobe’s playing days, but his influence is still strong throughout the league. Kobe changed the game forever, and the Kobe A.D. is perfect for today’s players who have learned so much from the Black Mamba. Men’s $159.99.
REEBOK SHAQ ATTAQ – JANUARY 20 AT 10 AM ET
Reebok will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shaq Attaq by re-releasing the classic sneaker. The iconic 1992 shoe was made famous by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal during his rookie season in Orlando. The shoe stays true to its original look, which remains one of Reebok’s most beloved. Men’s $159.99.
ADIDAS ARTHUR ASHE TRIBUTE COLLECTION – JANUARY 23 AT 10 AM ET
adidas pays homage to a true pioneer and tennis icon with the Arthur Ashe Tribute Collection. The Harden Vol. 1 and Dame 3 are both included in the collection, featuring nods toward Ashe’s career and philanthropy. The sneakers will be worn on-court by Harden and Lillard for select games during Black History Month. Harden Vol. 1 $139.99, Dame 3 $114.99.
UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3 – JANUARY 21 AT 10 AM ET
Stephen Curry has changed the game, and now his shoe is a gamechanger, too. His new shoe is as innovative as his game with dynamic Threadborne technology that delivers the ideal mix of support and breathability. Simply put, this shoe is made for MVPs. Men’s $139.99, Grade School $114.99.
words // Nick Engvall
With Reebok teaming up with music producer and recording artist Swizz Beats on the upcoming Reebok Kamikaze 2011, there has been a lot of talk amongst the sneaker community about what the greatest Reebok Basketball designs are. In most cases, it’s easy for me to say that the era of the late eighties to early-nineties is my favorite time period for sneakers in both design and in the very competitive nature of the marketing behind sneakers. Reebok definitely had some of the most memorable marketing of this era with the “Pump Up and Air Out” campaigns. The competitiveness was the necessary push for all companies to be better during that time period and many unforgettable styles that are still favorites for sneakerheads today came from that cut-throat competitiveness.
As much as I love some of the styles Reebok created during this era and slightly thereafter with the Original Kamikaze and Kamikaze II, I’d argue that Reebok’s greatest creations came with the arrival of Allen Iverson to the NBA. From his Reebok Question, which has remained a popular model amongst sneaker collectors and collaborators since its beginnings in 1996. Even in this week’s Eastbay Memory Lane, the Question was still going strong, and released in a white colorway with icey blue outsole that could have been one of its best colorways. Iverson’s Answer signature line was also in its strongest phase during the late nineties with the first five models, including the third seen in this catalog, basically the best AI ever wore on court, and the best commercials he ever had thanks to Jadakiss.
This era wasn’t just about Allen Iverson though. In 1998 Reebok still had Shawn Kemp, who wore the DMX 6, with its “transfer pod system” was the ultimate in heel cushioning according to Reebok, which was a much needed feature for the weight-challenges Kemp faced while a Cleveland Cavalier. Reebok had also signed athletes like Yolanda Griffith, who helped launch the WNBA in its early years. One of the most memorable of the Reebok designs to me from that late nineties era was one that was seen on the pages of Eastbay in a number of colorways, the Reebok Shroud with its zippered spandex covering the laces was surprisingly lightweight compared to other models of the time thanks to use of 3D Ultralite technology that still makes its way into a lot of Reebok designs.
Would you consider the late nineties Reebok Basketball’s best era?
words // Brandon Richard
In most other seasons, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is probably on his way to being named NBA Rookie of the Year. However, Blake Griffin is sitting out in Los Angeles with a stranglehold on that award. Wall’s play can’t be overlooked, though; his 16.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game rank him amongst the elite floor generals in the league already. His confidence has increased as the season has moved along, and his jumpshot is starting to fall. The Washington Wizards are in a re-building phase, but have found their centerpiece moving forward.
Wall’s consistently improving game is good news to Reebok, who signed the rookie point guard to a big endorsement deal last summer. For most of the season, Wall has gone to work in his un-official Reebok signature shoe, the Zig Slash. Still going strong, a new Wall-inspired colorway is currently available to purchase today at Eastbay.
The shoe features a black and white leather upper with a white mesh underlayer toward the heel. Malibu Blue hits the inner liner, lower portion of the Vector logo and Zig sole. Through the middle of the Vector logo is a section of contrasting steel silver. Tonal Reebok branding on the medial mudguard finishes off the look. As you can see in the photo below, this is the colorway Wall wore when officially introduced as Reebok Basketball’s pitchman last summer.
Available: Reebok Zig Slash – Malibu Blue/Black/White/Steel
After years of being somewhat of a forgotten brand in basketball, Reebok made a strong return last year by signing number one overall NBA Draft Pick John Wall and introducing their new Zig Slash hoop shoe. The shoe, which makes use of Reebok’s energy-returning ZigTech outsole, has been seen on the feet of players like Wall, Jameer Nelson, Jason Terry and Danilo Gallinari. With the success of the Zig Slash comes new colorways arriving at Eastbay, including a special make-up for John Wall.
Three new looks of the Zig Slash are being introduced early next month. The first, a custom colorway for Wall, features a capital blue nubuck upper with black accents and a white Zig sole. Next up is a royal blue-based pair with a heavy use of white to compliment the look. Last is a clean white-leather shoe that gets help from pure silver on the Vector logo, mesh underlay, laces and sole. Pre-order all three of these new colorways at Eastbay.
Pre-Order: Reebok Zig Slash