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The Return of Retro

Friday, September 12, 2014 11:47:47 AM America/Chicago

If you’ve notice, in 2013-2014 we have seen the return of retro sneakers to the athletic footwear industry. Almost every major brand has rereleased sneakers named after NBA players from the 90’s. Just to name a few, this year we have seen Adidas released the Mutombos and Kobe’s Crazy 8s. Nike released several colorways of Penny Hardaway’s Foamposites and Gary Payton’s Air Zoom Flight The Glove. Reebok released Shaq’s Shaq Attaq and Allen Iverson's Q96 Cross Examine. Most of these releases probably did better than their original release back in the 90s.

Retro Jordans paved the way for other brands to market and rerelease retro sneakers. Nike and Jordan are very good at playing the supply and demand game, by releasing a limited number of certain retros to keep the demand buzzing, which leads to driving up the price (A little #sneakernomics for you).

Pigging backing off retro basketball shoes, retro running shoes are also showing up everywhere. We have seen Onitsuka release the Ultimate 81; Saucony came back with the Jazz Originals. We can’t leave out New Balance; they have released 574, National Parks 998 and the 996. Nike released Air Max 1, 90, 95 and 97 this year. Puma and several other brands had their share of retro running releases as well.

2014 has been the year of Retro Returns. So if you’re can’t decide what pair of sneakers to buy while shopping a great choice would be to go with something retro.

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Shawn Jones

Now Shipping To Canada

Friday, September 5, 2014 3:46:40 PM America/Chicago

With winter coming, we are starting to see an influx of all kinds of sweaters, hoodies, and nice warm fuzzy slippers. Of course, being down here in the lone star state, we aren't really sure what to do with such things... We started looking north, to find people who are familiar with snow, and ask them what the heck were supposed to do with these things. Unfortunately it turns out that Minnesotans are still a bit upset with us over the whole North stars hockey team debacle. (It's been 20 years, and it was only one cup. Can we bury the hatchet?)

Since that didn't work so well, we skipped over the border to Canada, and started asking around. Turns out Canadians are familiar with the whole snow thing! We kind of stared in disbelief when they talked about the Snowking Winter Festival held every March, where they build a massive snow castle on a lake. Heck by March were already considering turning on the AC for the year!

Baffin Brands is one of our vendors who is from Canada, and it shows in their selection. Not only are they some pretty awesome snowboots brand, but they have these things which are like sleeping bags for your feet!

With dozens of the cities barely getting above freezing in January, we turned down the offer to come visit this winter, but if your there, we will be more than happy to send you some slippers to keep warm! Maybe in the summer...

Posted in Now Shipping To By Shoebacca

Ever thought about designing your own shoe?

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:10:21 PM America/Chicago

Well, if you have, you’d probably want to know that every year there is the World Sneaker Championship footwear design competition hosted by PENSOLE Footwear Academy based in Portland, Oregon and sponsored by several major brands like Nike, Adidas and Jordan.

The competition starts with 30 students from 16 different nations, with 1 student/designer being crowned the winner. The final eight designers showcase their final designs at FNP, North America’s largest trade show in Las Vegas. The finalists will also have a chance to have their designs sold in retail by the sponsoring brands.

Visit and PENSOLE to view this year’s finalists and their designs.

Maybe one day will be selling your design!!!
Posted in New Shoe Technology By Shawn Jones

Follow your feet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:19:47 AM America/Chicago

Sometimes you just gotta get away. No matter how much fun it is to work at Shoebacca, you just have to escape from the day to day and as we like to say ‘follow your feet.’

So I decided to escape the heat of a Texas summer by exploring somewhere I’ve never been. I’ve always heard New England was nice, and what better time to experience a place with high’s that are lower than our lows here?

I spent the week in Boston and traveling Massachussets and Rhode Island. Some people ask why, but you can hardly ask why not! Boston is one of those cities that is gorgeous simply because it has held on to its history. Instead of ripping down buildings and replacing them with something ‘functional’ they try to keep the history in a place which is naturally alive with it.

While Boston is home to America’s oldest subway, what good is following your feet if you don’t walk everywhere? The city proper is not only small enough that you can walk across it in a reasonable time, its gorgeous enough its nearly impossible not to want to!

Of course if at the end of your day, your too tired to make it back, the pedicabs will be more than happy to get you home, or anywhere else you might still want to go!

Traveling the Boston harbor and doing everything from visiting Old Ironsides herself to sailing on a old style Schooner at sunset would seem to be enough, but Boston isn’t far enough into the Atlantic for me personally. So I took a trip out to Block Island in Rhode Island. 15 odd miles off the coast, and not as well known as Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, but the sheer Modehegan Bluffs (check spelling) and inviting beaches make for a great trip where you can hike, bike, or moped about the island.

The boss made me come back to the office this week, but not before I made sure Shoebacca left its mark as far east as I can. I wonder if I can get him to let me do the same thing somewhere on the Oregon coastline next year? It can’t get more coast to coast than that!

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Fafnir Crow

Keep Calm And Get Ready For Some Football

Friday, August 15, 2014 10:11:39 AM America/Chicago

I do not know about you guys, but I am super pumped for the start of the NFL season! I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I do not have much to look forward to this season, but I love to watch football, so I am still excited for the start of the season.

One of the coolest things about this to me is that Thursday Night Football will now be on CBS for the first 8 weeks of the season!! This means you get to watch more games this season, even if you don't have NFL Network. I’m hoping the rating will be sky high so they will continue to offer Thursday Night Football on CBS, I like the idea.

I’m just ready for football period! I’m ready to talk about football, debate about football, and watch football. I love both college and the NFL, and I sometimes take an interest in local high school games as well.

All this excitement about football season starting came from us discussing our football cleats and turf shoes that we have here at

Well, I wish you and your team a successful season!

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Shawn Jones

Have You Met Team SHOEBACCA?

Monday, August 4, 2014 3:10:18 PM America/Chicago

Team SHOEBACCA is our ( cycling team based in San Diego, California. Team SHOEBACCA is simply made up of good people using their passion for riding and being active to help others and make a difference in their lives.

Team SHOEBACCA is gearing up to ride in the ‘Bike MS Bay To Bay Tour 2014’ on October 18 & 19, 2014. This will be the team 7th year riding in this event, and they are just as excited as the 1st year we participated. Unfortunately, our team has many riders that are directly affected by this disease and that is “WHY We Ride." We have riders on our team with MS, and we have co-workers, family and friends who are battling MS. For this reason, everyone on Team SHOEBACCA crosses the finish line together; on Sunday you can find us riding two wide and wheel to wheel as we approach the finish line in Honor of All living with MS.

Visit National MS Society to join or donate to Team SHOEBACCA as we ride to Fight MS.

In addition to the MS Rides, Team SHOEBACCA does trail preservation and repair, and participates in other charity fundraisers like the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the YMCA’s Spin-a-Thon. To learn more about our team or to sign up visit Team SHOEBACCA


Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Shawn Jones

Thinking Back To School!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:38:00 AM America/Chicago

During a break today, I was talking with my coworker, Elda, about our kids and how back to school is already upon us. Of course, working at Shoebacca, we've got miles of shoes from which to choose to make sure our kids feet are complete for that big first day back. (Reminds me of syncing up my sneaker color scheme to whatever Geranimals my mom would let me pick out for the first day back to elementary... but anyway...)

Turns out Elda's kids have already picked out a couple of pairs: the Nike Free 5.0 Grade School running shoe in orange and the Nike Free 5.0. The mesh thing is big with the youth set these days. My girl's headed to a magnet arts school and definitely needed an upgrade for her first day of 7th grade. She's accessorizing her first impressions with the Nike Lunarspeed+ Womens. Pretty sharp call!

Whether it's fashion or school supplies, Elda and I both agreed the excitement level is already high with our kiddos for back to school. If you're out there sharing in the same fun with your kids, let us know! We'd love to hear from you on how you're planning for school supplies, shoes, clothing and all the other needs that go with getting your child ready the back to school action!

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Matt Thompson

World Cup 2014 Quarter Finals

Thursday, July 3, 2014 5:25:23 PM America/Chicago

What country are you picking as your favorite to win World Cup 2014? There are eight remaining countries, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, France, Germany and Netherlands. These remaining eight countries will battle over the 4th of July weekend to advance to the semi-finals and considering the remaining teams, this is a wide open tournament for anyone to win.

World Cup 2014 Quarter-Finals

4th of July will be the first set of Quarter-Finals matches, so far the most anticipated and talked about match will be Brazil vs. Colombia with Brazil being the favorite to win the match as well as the World Cup.

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Shawn Jones

FIFA Round of 16

Friday, June 27, 2014 11:43:50 AM America/Chicago

The Round of 16 is now set and the matches look awesome! First up, Brazil and Chile followed by Colombia and Uruguay. Both of these matches should be awesome to watch. USA faces a tough lineup when they play on July 1 and their route only gets harder from there. Below is a bracket we created that helps up keep up with the action.

I have been keeping up with the World Cup action and watching the USA in the World Cup has been a roller coaster ride; with the win against Ghana, the draw against Portugal, and the loss against Germany, my emotions have run the gamut. The good news: they are now through the Group of Death and on to the Round of 16. The Bad News: their road has not gotten any easier. They will face a tough Belgium team that dominated their group and past that, Argentina or Switzerland. I suspect that they will have to play their best every game to be able to advance past these rounds. I am hoping I get to watch them all the way to the finals. GO USA!!

Posted in Employee Spotlight By Mark Warren

Throwback Thursday: BMX

Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:38:00 AM America/Chicago

When I joined SHOEBACCA over a year ago, one of the first things I did was buy a pair of VANS. I soaked in the memories of my early years when BMX riding was all-consuming. After 7th grade, I spent a summer working at a local gas station making $1.70 an hour to buy my first real frame and fork, a Torker.

Any day becomes a throwback day when I'm watching the X Games and bikes are on. In my day, it was "BMX Freestyle" which was an up and coming challenger to BMX racing. My buddies and I would spend hours riding around our small town in Oklahoma. I was also fortunate enough to have a dad with builder skills that helped me build a quarter pipe ramp in our driveway. Alright, some kids do have it better than others...

I've been having a lot of fun lately going through the interwebs:

Mike Buff and R.L. Osborn were two of the most popular and innovative riders back in the early days of BMX freestyle. Pretty sure that's the first time I saw a pair of VANS, on one of those guys in BMX Action Magazine. Every time I pick up a new pair of VANS, it takes me back to 7th grade. Here's the latest edition:

Which work well with this:

Time to get home and get on the bike.

Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Matt Thompson
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