Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen – Nike Air Pippen II

Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen – Nike Air Pippen II

words // Brandon Richard

Yesterday, six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen celebrated his 48th birthday. Scottie made his Chicago Bulls debut as a 22-year old in 1987 and returned to the Windy City at age 38 to finish his career in 2003-2004. Almost 10 years later, Scottie is still one of basketball’s all-time most beloved players and his signature sneakers are still making an impact in today’s market.

For today’s Eastbay Memory Lane, we take a look back at a page from our 1998 Basketball catalog, headlined by Scottie and the Nike Air Pippen II. The II was Pip’s weapon of choice as the Bulls wrapped up a second three-peat and six championships in an eight-year span. Featuring a minimal design, the Air Pippen II featured a full-grain leather build, a Dynamic-Fit Lycra inner bootie, Zoom in the forefoot, Air in the heel and an Optimal Motion outsole.

Other classics on this page? How about Tim Duncan’s Total Air Foamposite Max? Charles Barkley’s Air CB II, Eddie Jones’ Jumpman Pro Quick, Vin Baker’s Jumpman Pro Strong and Tim Hardaway’s Air Zoom T-Bug Flight are a few of the other standouts you’ll notice.

Was the Air Pippen II or any of these other models on your feet in 1998? Share your memories with us below.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen

Nike Air Pippen – Camo

Nike Air Pippen – Camo

words // Brandon Richard

Though associated with a long list of classic sneakers, former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen didn’t receive his first signature model until 1997. For the Chicago Bulls’ run to a fifth NBA Championship, Nike Basketball laced Scottie in the Nike Air Pippen, highlighted by its synthetic build, wavy TPU overlays and wraparound 360-Air unit.

Back for another round this year, the Air Pippen will next release this weekend in an all-new “Camo” colorway. The shoe gets its nickname from the camouflage print that fills the TPU overlays along the side panels. Black and anthracite team up on the upper, inner lining and Phylon midsole, while Flash Lime provides pop on the tongue and heel logos, Swoosh branding and outsole.

Pippen fans can pick up a pair of these new Nike basketball shoes tomorrow here at Eastbay.

Available 9/14: Nike Air Pippen – Camo

Nike Air Pippen Camo (1)

Nike Air Pippen Camo (2)

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Nike Air More Uptempo – Black/Volt

Nike Air More Uptempo – Black/Volt

words // Luis Sanchez

Nike Sportswear follows up Scottie Pippen’s ’96 Olympic kicks with this all new volt-accented colorway of the timeless Air More Uptempo.

Pip’s timeless Nike Basketball shoes arrive just as they did back in ’96 with their bold design and overwhelming Air Max tooling, sporting a new generation colorway as part of NSW’s recently released ‘Volt” Pack. Black handles most of the nubuck and suede upper on them, while volt hits the heel Swoosh and Air Max cushioning below.

The all new “Volt” Air More Uptempo is now available for purchase here at Eastbay.

Available: Nike Air More Uptempo – Black/Volt

Eastbay Memory Lane: Scottie Pippen and the Nike Air More Uptempo Olympics

Eastbay Memory Lane: Scottie Pippen and the Nike Air More Uptempo Olympics

words // Zack Schlemmer

This page will definitely take you back if you were paying attention to Nike Basketball shoes and apparel around the time of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.  The most recognizable and remembered shoe from the ’96 Basketball team is, without a doubt, Scottie Pippen’s Nike Air More Uptempo.  Pippen’s Olympic colorway, complete with his USA Team #8 on the heel, took the bold look of the More Uptempo even further with an even more pronounced color blocking of the giant “AIR” design across the shoe.

Also seen on this page are the Air Much Uptempos, with the same design as the More Uptempo, but without the full Air Max sole.  The rest of the page features classic apparel for the More Uptempos to coincide with USA Olympic colors.  Anybody who studied Eastbay catalogs in 1996 should recall the “Much More Air” t-shirt and “Big Butt” shorts.  Throw in the Much More Air Warm-Ups, and you had a full Olympics inspired outfit.

Be sure to head over to Eastbay to grab soon-to-be-classic USA Team inspired colorways on Nike Basketball shoes like the Hyperdunk and Kobe VII while you still can.

 

Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Basketball May 1998

Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Basketball May 1998

words // Nick Engvall

Scottie Pippen court side at the Bulls vs. Heat game.Since most of the sports world this week is focused on the NBA Playoffs, digging through the Eastbay Memory Lane archive, was undoubtedly going to result in a basketball oriented visit this week. Considering that former Chicago Bulls great, Scottie Pippen, has been seen court side in nearly every game of the Chicago run this year, revisiting one of his famous sneakers was a no-brainer. The 7-time All-Star signed on as a team ambassador prior to the season, and although his game time attire won’t see him wearing any of his legendary sneakers, fans and sneaker collectors will never forget his on court footwear.

In May of 1998, the Eastbay Catalog was filled with unforgettable basketball sneakers but Scottie Pippen’s second signature shoe seems to stand out the most on the page below, maybe even over Michael’s Jordan 13. The Nike Air Pippen II stand out for some because of Pippen’s on court performance but for others the combination of Max Air in the heel and Zoom Air in the forefoot, combined with the smooth lines of its design, made the Pippen II irresistible.

While Scottie finished out the 1997 Playoffs in the Zoom Air equipped Pippen I, the second signature was a more sleek design and lighter weight than the first. While the Bulls inspired White, Varisty Red and Black combination was easily the most memorable and most popular, the White, Varsity Royal and Black was also a solid color makeup. Pippen’s second signature may have been great, but taking a look at the other releases of the era, there are plenty of epic sneakers to choose from. From the Jordan Pro Quick, Team Jordan, and Jordan XIII, to the Air Max Uptempo, Air Penny III, and Air Garnett, obviously 1998 was a good time to be into sneakers.

 

May 1998 Nike Basketball - Eastbay Memory Lane