Our Best Shoes Of The Season, And Why You Need Them

Our Best Shoes Of The Season, And Why You Need Them

With summer right around the corner, comfort is the name of the game. Our two shoes of the season provide that and so much more. The Jordan Ultra.Fly brings home our Buyer’s Pick honors with its performance ratings, unique design, and easily accessible price point. The newest Jordan casual shoe, the Jordan Reveal, has been named our Best Newcomer for its diversity in matching a variety of clothes combinations, as well as its breakthrough breathability.

Jordan Best Newcomer

Best Newcomer – Jordan Reveal

Great-looking with lasting comfort, the Jordan Reveal is the go-to sneaker for minimalist style. Featuring FlightFlex grooves, the Reveal provides a natural feel, forming to your foot without unwanted restriction. Its upper is supportive and breathable, and goes with nearly any ensemble. At $114.99 for men, and available in boys’ and girls’ sizes, it’s an affordable luxury for nearly anyone’s budget. Give off those great summer vibes with the Jordan Reveal — available now.

Buyer's Pick

Buyer’s Pick – Jordan Ultra.Fly

The Jordan Ultra.Fly was specifically designed with hardwood performance in mind. At $124.99, the Ultra.Fly is perfect for the player who prefers a non-intrusive-fitting shoe that doesn’t break the bank (or your ankles). Its unique Black Cat pattern is dense on the lateral side for support, which provides protection from injury, but opens up on the medial side for breathability, making it durable for hard cuts on the perimeter. The multi-mesh upper provides comfort, reduces bulk, and adds support for protection in the paint. The icy rubber outsole looks great, but it doesn’t just score style points — it enhances traction and reduces slip for superior floor grip. The full-length Jordan Zoom cushioning provides a safe landing, so you can grab boards with confidence. Fight foot fatigue with a lightweight IP midsole that provides a plush, cushioned ride. And last but not least, combat sweat with its breathable mesh tongue. It’s the shoe Jimmy ‘Buckets’ Butler trusts, and it comes in multiple colors.

If you missed our Spring 2016 Buyer’s Pick and Best Newcomer, be sure to check them out.

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

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 weekend:

UA Curry

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 2 ‘ELECTRIC BLUE’ – APRIL 15 AT 10 AM ET

After surpassing the 400 mark for three-pointers in a season a few days ago, Curry has cemented himself into the NBA record books. But his latest shoe isn’t about basketball — it’s about football. This slick electric blue/steel colorway pays homage to where he grew up (North Carolina) and the football team he cheered for (the Panthers). Men’s $129.99, Grade School $99.99, Preschool $89.99, Toddler $49.99.

adidas Lillard

ADIDAS D LILLARD 2 ‘STAY READY’ – APRIL 15 AT 10 AM ET

Quite possibly the biggest surprise this NBA season — though definitely overshadowed — is the success of the Portland Trail Blazers. Many experts predicted they wouldn’t even manage 20 wins, but they surpassed expectations and are now the 5th seed in the West. This gorgeous grey colorway of the Lillard 2 is Damian’s playoff edition shoe, so he’s geared for a deep run. Are you? Men’s $114.99.

Jordan Ultra.Fly

JORDAN ULTRA.FLY – APRIL 15 AT 10 AM ET

Let your feet breathe and feel free in the Jordan Ultra.Fly — Jordan brand’s newest team shoe. It’s being debuted right now at the Jordan Brand Classic by the best high school players on the planet, and it comes in four fly colors. Men’s $124.99.

Nike Foamposite

NIKE AIR FOAMPOSITE PRO ‘VARSITY RED’ – APRIL 16 AT 10 AM ET

As far as Foamposite Pro retros stack up, this Bred colorway is probably the most hyped, as it’s been 15 years since it last hit the shelves. You can cop it in full family sizes on Saturday. Men’s $159.99.

Jordan Retro 9

JORDAN RETRO 9 LOW ‘WHITE/BLACK’ – APRIL 16 AT 10 AM ET

This is as classic as it gets: the Chicago colorway is built with black leather, red accents, and a white rubber outsole. It’s much like the last AJ9 Low that dropped, but the color combination is inverted. Catch this instant classic on Saturday. Men’s $169.99, Grade School $119.99, Preschool $74.99, Toddler $54.99.

Air Jordan XXX

JORDAN AJ XXX ‘BLACK CAT’ – APRIL 16 AT 10 AM ET

Dressed in black and anthracite, this AJ XXX is named after after MJ’s nickname from his playing days. The orange earth on the tongue gives it a straight-from-space look which meshes well with the dominantly dark colors. Keep an eye out — you’ll definitely see plenty of these on the court during the playoffs. Men’s $199.99.