August 22, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 51
In a piece of Sneaker News that sparked some serious discussion, we welcomed a brave new world yesterday where basketball sneakers’ price ceiling extend beyond the $300 plateau. We’re talking, of course, about not just any average design, but rather a model whose Nike+integrated version can lay claim to the most advanced roundball design of all-time: the Nike LeBron X. The shoe that commemorates LeBron’s ascension to championship form celebrates ten years of the Swoosh’s longest running signature series and James’ second gold medal, and brings us top of the line performance and data tracking the likes of which are echoed by the ‘Diamond Collection’ treatment on the inner tongue and jewel-like faceted Swooshes, crowns and lacelocks. That last detail reinforces that when you ‘Watch the Throne’ come November, all eyes will be on King James and his incredible LeBron Xs; are ready for the next big thing in basketball? The LeBron X Plus has begun to hit retailers in China, where LeBron is currently on tour, so stay tuned for more updates and a firm U.S. release date here on Sneaker News.
Nike LeBron X Plus
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" The LeBron X Plus has begun to hit retailers in China"... a shoe with USA colors (and even has an american flag decal on the shoe) made for an American basketball player who won a gold medal for America which is produced by an American based company releases in china first... can someone explain that logic to me? Ik lebron's in china and they're made there, but still.
I agree with many who say "don't buy" but these are so many different views of those who have a real reason to buy and those who don't! This is call the baiting season to find out who is going to be a sucker and spend $300 plus and the rest who buy the $180 version which will sell out for sure! But this will a test for setting the new high in cost on America. $400 in Europe for shoes trust me don't feed into the the Euro is much greater than the peso americano! some kids that will purchase the $300 version don't have real responsibilities no mortgages or rent to pay, no food to put on the table mom and dad will do that for them! Shot I'm a single guy with a real good job and this price is high for me!syne $180 will do if he comes out with a cool color way?! But the last time I checked the LBJ regular cw wasn't selling out! I think you can go on Nike.com and get them unlike retro jay's that sell everytime! The only cw that sell pout for LBJ is his south beaches and that's it! His shoes aren't that great! Even his Olympic 9's didn't do as well, they still in the stores but hype beast will be hype beasts so we will watch carefully as who's wrong and who's right on this!
How are these ugly for all you idiots these are just 300 because of the nike+ and listen you have to look at nike and Jordans tell me these have the best gold on a sneaker out of all their products the gmp aren't even metallic. These can compete with the Adidas gold. IMO you guys are just talking but the 9s were a hit until everyone followed the hype it's good less resellers when no one really understands the sneaker. SMH how can you judge the show from pictures try having them in hand and on your feet. BIG ASS SMH
I'll bet u this the Nike plus versions will have that gold Nike swoosh gold lace tips and though oh so wonderful LACELOCK the regular version I bet won't have any gold and definitely no lace locks what so ever
Thought the shoe was dope first time I saw it, but 3 bills is a bit much. I just want the lacelock.
Probably gonna have to stick to the normal LeBron X releases.
I'm not a heavy baller, so $300+ is extremely expensive for something I won't ever use & rarely wear (also I'm not the biggest fan of the design, but it's designed for performance). I wouldn't even pay retail for my Freegum's, I only paid $80 from nike.com. Call me cheap, but I have to be realistic. I'm not enough of a sneakerhead to blow my budget like that, if I do it right I could purchase 5 or 6 pairs of sneakers for the price of these. I will probably buy a pair of the Soldiers VI, because I like the design alot & they will be on sale in the future most ppl only love the flagship sneaker.
$300+ may or may not be too much for you. You just have to draw the line somewhere. Since the majority of us are not copping the shoes to ball in and have over 50 pairs of kicks in our collection you would think it would be easy, but maybe not. For the single guy working at Best Buy still at home with his parents and no real responsibilities, he can cop these easily. For folk with Mortgage not Rent and Kids, not Xbox or student loans and out there being independent, maybe not so much. It just depends on what someone feels is just over the top and not necessary. "If you got it, cop it"
I hear ppl "saying" they wont pay 310 but i dont believe it. I saw lines for the south beach colorway and those were 60 dollars cheaper. yet when taxi and elite home and away drop its not a hot enough "CW" to spend the 250. ppl will pay for them, believe that. and let the sickest most limited one cost 310, bet they naysayers camp and drop cash then. just a thought.
Ultimately this is an ugly shoe, looking like a pair of Crocs with some mesh to cover the airholes and a air bubble midsole. Fools will just buy into the hype.
Why don't people go crazy hype over real innovations like Nike's Flyknit stuff? Do you guys even understand why those are great sneakers? All these "sneakerheads" are really just a bunch of materialistic hypebeasts who are trying to look and feel cool. If Jordan XI retros don't come in a "special box" then you all complain that they are too expensive and the quality is bad. Lebrons retail for $315 and everyone goes apeshit. Why not buy some real innovative things instead of paying thousands of dollars on Yeezy 2s, an signature sneaker named after a man who has ABSOLUTELY NO ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS? Call me a hater if you want but in the end, the real ignorant ones are the people who are materialistic and dedicate too much time, energy, money, and emotion into materialistic objects. Why not support Flyknit products, material usage is more efficient? How about "NIKE CONSIDERED" products? Does anyone know about that? Or are Lebron James sneakers and Kanye West sneakers too important? How about making the world better instead of being ignorant materialistic hypebeasts??!?!
I will pay $170 TOPS for deez kicks. The nike+ bullshit iz a waste... who the fuck balls in lebrons?! Errryone wears dem 2 be freshh! Ballin in shoez means they gonna get trashed, so get a cheap ass pair of 2010 hyperdunkz and save the big money 4 swagg
Who the fuck is actually wearing these for basketball, idc how high i can jump Nike, i just wanna look fresh to the ladys can jump on this DDDDD, PREACH.
unless these come out in the "pre heat south beach miami vice" color i dont see them moving... Home, Away, & Taxi's P.S. Elite at $250 on sale at a bunch of places and still sitting everywhere. We are talking after tax in Chicago $350... Thats my half of the rent, No way, not now not ever... I know alot of mom and pop style shoe boutiques here are simply not going to want to carry this because it will eventually need to be discounted.
With that being said I think shoe is extremely cool, love the details, lace lock, and such but just cant justify $350...
If this shoe sells like Nike THINKS it will then its gonna be downhill from there. Jordan packs will be retail for at least $400. Foamposites will be at least $300. This is just a test to see what are the AVERAGE person's spending limits at retail price! I PASS on this shoe. Nothing about it says $300+
Get the fu*k outta here!!! Thanks to nike limiting there shoes the resellers have allowed Nike to keep raping us without the ky. If people didnt pay 500 on ebay for these lb shoes theyd stop raising the price like this. Seriously 300+?!?!? This shoe can't cost over 50$ for Nike to produce in a sweat shop over in china. I hope that Nike overpriced there shoes to the point people just let them sit on the shelves. I'd love to see lebrons at the outlet!!! Cold day in hell I know but it wouldn't be the ultimate fuc* you. I'll take 2 retro jays and let the hb keep these.
I like the gold accents and the full length air max unit... But I feel like the shoe overall is just pretty plain. I'll have to see them in person or see some new colors before I even think about dropping the cash on these.
Let the HYPE begin!!!! smdh... these looking like a 2012 version of the Nike Air Darwin and that wasn't a hyped sneaker. But because it carries the name LBJ name the "HB" will drool all over this shoes as if it was released by God himself! lol. But the sneaker will be over priced and over hyped starting right now!!!!
@cadillacjack95 The normal ones will have it on it's just not the nike plus. So you owe me money LOL.
@Thigh_pillowz you know what you're talking about !
@boaz2592 What are you talking about? The Flyknit trainer sold out in 10 minutes on nike.com...
That damn Roger Federer "287" pack sold out in less than a minute at $287 per pair.
The LunarTR1+ "Oregon Ducks" sold out in 7 minutes just this morning on nikestore at $235.00 a pair..
The Lebron championship pack sold out at $450.00 per pack & the GMP Pack was sold out before nikestore sent out the link on twitter..
The Destroyer "Dream Team" jackets sold out in 15 minutes on nikestore at $500 per jacket.. All you see on the news is how the whole damn country is in a drought with no rain & it's a 100 degrees everywhere & Nike is still selling out of winter jackets in the summer!!!
& I ain't even getting in to the South Beach/Miami Vice Elites or Yeezy 2's...
It's time to accept the fact that this is where the shoe game is going.. I don't like it anymore than you or anybody else, but numbers don't lie.. & with numbers like that Nike will keep raising the price..
Nike doesn't care if you or I don't like the prices.. People are gonna buy them anyway & they'll sell out.. Just look at the examples I listed above.. How many people you know were able to get their hands on anything in that list at retail??
@igotjsfordays Man stfu, no one's forcing you to cop the Nike+ version. The non-Nike+ will cost 170-185. If you don't ball in your LeBron's there's no real reason to buy the Nike+ version.
@ImpalaLT1 Damn I was just going back in time to review some Lebron X news and I saw how your comment just looked right into the future, the present right now... crazy how things really have almost turned out like this already
@Lilmr81 $50? not even that! an like fools people go out and buy this crap!
@jaypeso21 thought I was the only one noticed the 2012 Darwin resemblance
@Sneakerhead2320 Nice examples......the funny thing is I tried to get almost all of those and what do I have to show for it???? Nada. Even with those prices being as high as they are, its still going to be hard to cop.
@Sneakerhead2320 @boaz2592 Them were PACKS or Limited quanity items not just regular Gr release people will buy em but they will be sittin on shelves like LeBron Elite Taxi's $250 still on the shelves LeBron Elite Homes/away $250 still on the shelves and goin for under retail on ebay and the South beach sold out cause the exclusive cw n hype of the name but i agree NIKE are goin to try n get over on alot of people
@Sneakerhead2320 First of all i never complained about any prices from Nike... I don't really care how much their products cost. Its everyone else who is. People are complaining about poor quality and expensive prices. If anything I support Nike's inflation which would bring me to my next point. The fact that people are reselling sneakers to make money. These resellers are perhaps the worst scum. These are idiots who try to make a careers out of pissing people off by "hustling". These are kids who probably go to community college at best. They won't ever be real business men or entrepreneurs. But if people keep buying products at these blackmarket prices then no shit Nike is gonna jack prices up. And they should. Then only serious people will be buying their product. We won't have ignorant and uneducated people using violence to attain expensive products. There won't be the same demand for something that is so unaffordable to the masses. So what if people complain and cannot afford $315 sneakers? Is it Nike's responsibility to sell us products? If you look at other countries Nike is already selling sportswear products like Futbol cleats for $400.
@Sneakerhead2320 @boaz2592 I got da lebron champ pack at retail... but I totally agree wit wat u sayin... wanted those roger feds tho
@FUBUoverBITCHes @jaypeso21 Nah you see the same thing I see! Nike will still to what works without breaking too many boundaries. Yes they are the leader but it does mean you have to break the bank for these it bad enough Jordan is robbing us blind with a drop every 2 weeks! But for that isn't going to make you any better on the courts stop it!!! These shots I just some super up air darwins! If you ask me! Lol
@Dutch7 I heard that but the shoe stores know how to get around the raffles too. All they do is the tickets they "Randomly draw" a minor's ticket.. Most malls have an ordinance of no minors before Normal business hours.
So when they tell the minors they can't sell them the shoes. The store associates either buy them themselves or the "sell 1st come 1st serve" basis... but they already know who they're gonna sell them to... It's already been decided...
@Sneakerhead2320 yeah that's cool you were able to get what you wanted. I work full time and I don't have time to camp out like these younger kids. And I can't afford the eBay prices every time.
They are getting a little better like Footlocker doing lottery and Niketown doing Twitter RSVP. However, the RSVP twitter is so hard. I've responded in less than 20 seconds and I still don't get the invite confirmation.
@Dutch7 Don't feel bad bro, I only got the South Beach elite & I had to pay rape from my shady ass local sneakershop associate. Other than that I would've been shut out as well.. But I totally agree..
It doesnt matter who's paying for these shoes (resellers or Sneakerheads) the point is they are flying off the shelves no matter the price..
I wish I Iived where some of y'all do cause, every elite series shoe sold out at my local shoe stores. Lebrons (All colorways) Kobes & Hyperdunks. Luckily I was able to get the pairs I wanted.
And the supposed GR releases like Jordans.. There's camp outs every release & They never have enough always a good 30-50 people who didnt get they're pair..
@boaz2592 You are correct sir. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time people have gotten hurt or killed over sneakers or anything materialistic. I remember it from back in the mid 80's when kids were getting jacked for their Starter jackets. Everything comes full circle. The good and the bad.
@boaz2592 1st off fam. you're really getting worked up over nothing. there's gotta be something else really bothering you to go off on your keyboard like that. a re seller isn't anything without a buyer that is willing to pay X amount of dollars over retail price for them ... Re sellers aren't hurting the game Kanye West isn't hurting the sneaker industry. This is simple
everyone has their own value for a product that they think is "cool" or "fresh" that doesn't make them a hypebeast or anything.
oh yeah look up nike+ technology .. peace
The worst part about the "sneakergame" is that it is no longer a lifestyle. Its not something most people are passionate about. Its becoming a fad. Its a means of attaining an emotional confidence, a feeling of power, and to some degree a way for people to survive in the sense that people are relying on buying and selling sneakers to make some extra money here and there. Its not about wearing your shoes to look cool and feel like the athlete who wore them. Yea I know there are still many people who wear their shoes and know why they wear them. But we are at the point where we have a SIGNATURE SHOE LINE for someone like KANYE WEST!!! HE'S A RAPPER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! I thought Nike was a company that made sportswear. Why are people going out on a limb camping out for weeks at stores (i.e. HOH in NYC before the line got dispersed). Overall people need to get their priorities straight. Especially people in the sneakergame. This madness needs to end. We got murders and stabbings over materialism FOR SNEAKERS. And then the consumer complains when prices are too high and quality is too low. So what if limited edition sneakers sit on the shelves?