The Air Jordan line turned the basketball world upside down when it debuted in 1985. Over 30 years later, Jordans continue to be some of the world’s most sought-after shoes, delivering the perfect combination of innovative performance and street-worthy style.
Eastbay has been there every step of the way, from the introduction of the iconic AJ 1 to the hottest Jordans being released today. We combed through our archives, finding classic AJs that were showcased in the Eastbay magazine throughout the years. Eastbay has been your Jordan Retro Destination since 1985, when the AJ 1 graced our cover.
Check out some of our throwback magazines that featured famous Jordans and click here to see our huge selection of Retros available now.
A Look Back
1985 was the first time Air Jordans appeared in our catalog, thanks to the Retro 1 on this cover.
November of 1994 saw the debut of the soon-to-be-legendary Air Jordan 10.
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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 7 ‘ALTERNATE’ – AUGUST 6 AT 10 AM ET
One of the biggest Retro releases of the year drops this weekend: the Retro 7 ‘Alternate.’ The shoe is a new twist on the classic sneaker Michael Jordan wore in the summer of 1992 when he helmed arguably the best basketball team ever assembled.
That 1992 team set a standard of play that every U.S. team since has tried to live up to, and Jordan’s shoe quickly became a fan favorite among sneaker heads. The Retro 7 was again released in 2012, and the 2016 version is a new take on the classic shoe. Returning to the spotlight, an alternate version of such a classic kick is a must-have for many collectors.
A clothing collection that hooks in with the new release is also available at Eastbay. Now you can honor the greatest team of all time by repping the kicks and the gear. Hats, shirts, shorts and more from the Retro 7 collection can be found here. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $59.99.
UA CURRY 2.5 – AUGUST 5 AT 10 AM ET
Under Armour is dropping two Curry 2.5s this weekend, with both editions coming in patriotic colorways ahead of this summer’s competitions. Stephen Curry has elected not to play this summer, but we know he’ll be watching his Bay Area teammates and fellow countrymen. Support the team with a pair of these USA-inspired kicks. Men’s $134.99, Grade School $114.99, Preschool $74.99, Toddler $49.99.
JORDAN RETRO 1 HI OG ‘YIN YANG’ PACK – AUGUST 6 AT 10 AM ET
The shoe that started it all gets two releases this weekend with the Yin Yang Pack. The Retro 1 is on a roll after four different AJ 1s were released last week. The Yin Yang Pack features a mostly white shoe with black accents, and a mostly black shoe with white accents. Men’s $159.99, Grade School $119.99.
ADIDAS CRAZYLIGHT BOOST LOW 2016 JAMES HARDEN PE – AUGUST 5 AT 10 AM ET
adidas is dropping another James Harden PE this weekend after releasing the Crazylight Boost Liberty version a few weeks ago. The new edition comes in a black and gold look that provides some flash, but the shoe also focuses heavily on functionality. The full-length Boost cushioning system provides added bounce at the rim and a quicker first step, so players like Harden are even tougher to guard.
Some of the world’s best youth basketball players sported the shoe at the adidas Nations championships this summer, too. Players from Team Harden wore the sneaker as they took home the title. Men’s $129.99.
NIKE KYRIE 2 ‘PARADE’ – AUGUST 6 AT 10 AM ET
The offseason is a little sweeter after a championship. At Cleveland’s celebratory parade, Kyrie Irving rocked his latest signature shoe, the aptly named Nike Kyrie 2 ‘Parade.’ The shoe has a simple black and white color scheme, but it catches the eye with a bold floral graphic on the midfoot strap. Men’s $119.99, Grade School $99.99
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 their 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 Friday the 13th weekend:
Jordan Retro 7 ‘Bright Concord’ – Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 am ET
If this shoe’s color scheme strikes you as something from the late ’80s/early ’90s, you’d be correct. This AJ 7 remake is reminiscent of MJ’s outfit in a classic McDonald’s commercial featuring fellow hoops star Larry Bird. Though we wouldn’t be caught in his getup from that commerical, we’d be sure to rock these shoes. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $59.99, Infant $44.99
Nike LeBron 13 ‘Nightmare’ – Available Now
This aptly named LeBron 13 is influenced by LBJ’s love of scary movies, and it drops on Friday the 13th. Scare your opponents with blood on the midsole (don’t worry, it’s fake), and the same properly fitting design the 13 is known for. Be sure to check out the accompanying ‘Nightmare’ gear for a spooky yet sensible basketball look. Men’s $199.99, Grade School $159.99
adidas Originals Pro Model ‘Xeno’ – Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 am ET
Old school gets an upgrade this Saturday. These adidas Originals Pro Model shoes are coming in two brand new urban street colors with reflective Xeno treatment. Embossed, diamond-shaped stripes surrounded by reflective accents are what make this vintage shoe sexy. Who says classic needs to be low cut? Post in the comments and let us know which color you’d cop. Men’s $99.99
adidas D Lillard 1 ‘Away’ – Available Now
This Lillard 1 ‘Away’ respects the color that Damian represents on — you guessed it — road games. The speckled red midsole looks a lot like the splattered blood midsole on the LeBron 13s above, and that might not a be a coincidence — the Lillard 1 also drops on Friday the 13th. Regardless of what Lillard 1 truthers might say, this shoe was definitely meant for Portland, and if you like classic black/red color schemes, it was meant for you, too. Men’s $104.99, Grade School $84.99
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The first colorways of the Air Jordan VII were released in late 1991. Inspired by Nike’s Huarache sneaker designs, the shoe was fairly simple in its construction, but made a bold statement with multicolor geometric patterns on the outsole and tongue, a fitting fashion statement for the times. Since then, the Jordan VII has been released in a wide variety of colorways, including the ‘Year of the Rabbit’ look that will be available on Eastbay tonight.
Like the Air Jordan 2011 of the same nickname released earlier this year, the YOTR Retro 7 isn’t only a salute to the current stage of the Chinese Zodiac, but a tribute to Michael Jordan being born in the Year of the Rabbit back in 1963. Styled after the famous original “Hare” colorway of the VII, the shoe features a white leather and light silver nubuck upper with celebratory red and metallic gold accenting.
With the Rabbits set to release tonight, let’s take a look at some Sole Shots featuring Air Jordan VII photography from members of the Sole Collector forum and beyond. Take a look at the photos and make sure you’re on Eastbay around midnight to pick up a pair of the newest Jordan VII colorway.
Air Butchie Productions, Pasadena, California
chowfun27, Chicago, Illinois
Dale aka dalazz, Trumbull, Connecticut
mjrod1985, Honolulu, Hawaii
Supa aka flowrida, Teaneck, New Jersey
Chris Morris, G2CDesigns, Wallingford, Connecticut
BryantDIGITAL, Lansing, Michigan
Nikolas, New Jersey
BaySav408, Bay Area, California
Pat Lauder aka quickster, Gilroy, California
If you’re interested in submitting your photos for Sole Shots, e-mail us at email@example.com. Please include your name and location with your submissions. You also have the option of providing us with a link to your online photo album or website to link back to when we post your work. You do not have to be a registered member of Sole Collector to participate.