If you were one of the "in the know" kids that subscribed to the Eastbay catalog, props to you, you probably saw sneakers before most. But even if you saw them in the catalog, there was nothing like walking into the store and seeing them on the shelves. There was always colorways that you hadn't seen before, and sometimes even models that you hadn't seen. It made a trip to the local sporting goods store or local mall one of the best things in life. Which, is sorta like seeing them on Instagram now. Or not.