February 8th, 2013 by John Kim / 61
Since the LeBron line was first introduced in 2003, the retail price for each successive model has increased by small margins. Model by model, the increase might be easily overlooked, but if you compare Air Zoom Generation to LeBron X, that’s an 82% jump – and we’re only comparing the base model. In comes the Nike LeBron X “Cork” – a visual spectacle that has no other practical purpose than being laced up on feet, but pretty much breaks the mold of what a basketball shoe is supposed to be.
Supported by an incredible ‘cork’ material upper and accented by fine brown leather on the tongue and inner lining, the Cork LeBrons come in at a jaw-dropping $305 MSRP – that’s roughly an increase of 173% in dollars needed. Obviously the increase in price is proportionate to LeBron’s status as arguably the most popular player int he NBA, but is $305 stretching it? We’ve got a detailed gallery that’ll sway your decision towards “yes”, so take a look through the gallery and give us your opinion on the matter – they’re releasing in just two weekends.
Nike LeBron X
Classic Brown/Classic Brown-University Red-Hazelnut
Really interested in getting my hands on these... i will actually plan on keep them... unlike most...
hopefully they do these like they did the freegums, release the first release with the fancy box for 305 and then release the shoe with a regular box for 170.
these are pretty dope... but wait $305? a 173% increase?? i wanna see who cops these... really. anyone think these are gonna stay on shelves like the elites did??
I've had my pair since last month, tell you, they are a real clean sneaker. - I didn't pay rape price either, my connect is just direct to Nike Elite
Are you guys sure it is $305 by themselves. Sure this ain't including the nike+ pack like with the first lebrons?
So, is it safe to assume that folk are excited about paying over $300 for this and this shoe will sell out? And probably fetch a few more hundred dollars on ebay and what not? Really! lol, well to each his own. It ain't my money. I'm enjoying the show. I watch shoes on ebay just to see how much they re sell for. I can't wait to see what this one does.
this shoe is a disater waiting to happen.. honestly ppl how well do u think cork is going to hold up as a shoe? its going to crumble as you walk
If you fucks will stop buying from "above-retail" re-sellers on eBay, this $$ shit would stop.
1. eBay search "Jordan retro 88" (in all sizes).
2. refine search to "Auction only"
If you don't get sick to your stomach, you have a different respect for the value of the American dollar than I - or u jus got hella bread lol. Those bids mean that those shoes are DEFINITELY SELLING, keeping this cycle going smh.
this shoe will sell out in seconds. hype is created by the cork and the high retail. nb keeps jacking prices, while lowering quality. people still keep buying. sounds like a win/win to me. plus nb knows how to market/advertise goods.
this shoe may look good, but this is definitely not a 300 dollar shoe. considering the time of how long these shoes may last with the cork material, this shoe needs to be under 200 if you ask me.
Its like when you guys made a post about the WC3 88... is 'Nike Air' on the heel worth the extra "$40" ...well, if eBay is anything to go by... they are worth an extra $400! I.e LIMITED! If these were a GR, in ANY cw, then you could talk about the price point. But these will be limited... so talking about a MEASLY(apparently), $305... when these guys are gonna go insane on eBay bidding some ridiculous money like up to $1000, or MORE, for these... when they inevitably go straight up for re-sale... makes this argument null and void. Imo.
@thatdudeJB I know its 2/23/13 on sole collector it said Nike retailers. Im not sure if it will release online or not.
@Nike_wat_irock_94 on Ebay they are selling for $1,000
@Nike_wat_irock_94 no, since there is a handful of people with a large amount of disposable income spending 2gs on early release. They bait the trap for hypebeast resellers. I think more resellers will cop hoping to make their wildest dreams come true on a 1000 dollar profit. That in turn along with people who really like the shoe, like myself, will have the shoe sold out in mins.
@angellolxxxix how do they fit? TTS of the other lebron x's or size down since theres no padding?
@angellolxxxix so you wanna help me out and i can cop a pair from u through your connect? i'll pay above retail. i just dont wanna be stranded and surrounded by rape prices
@Colonel146 These are not a performance shoe, there will be no Nike+
@Colonel146 $305 Retail for sure
@Cut Up Yea people pay thousands for shoes on Ebay sometimes they aren't real
@Cut Up They're pre-selling in the neighborhood north of 2g's right now, and the retail release will be very exclusive so you can expect that to be what it is.
@DanniBsneakerfreak The dynamic fly wire takes a lot of stress away from the sidewall of the shoe, as long as you aren't playing ball in them I'd imagine they'd be fine.
@arfresh1 lol and predorders were going for 450 and the shoe is 305 . Does that mean they're fake or really good replicas
@TheNatural you right , I'm not rich but I do have money and I'm still mad that people are trying to sell them for and they not even in their hands
@caseyflinders Exactly ... People worrying about quality and how long the kicks are going to last don't really understand what's driving the price ... It's High Demand (See Hype) and Low Supply (see "Quickstrike" or "Select Retailers") ...
@devious1212 I was thinking the same awhile back but the other way around though. Imo, Nike has been inspired to become in the mind/view of a "re-seller" hahahaha... Even though, they'll still SELL OUT and then double or triple the resell value on eBay smfh. Nike should just increase the shoe supply and unfortunately its never gonna happen.
@f211s who said there was no padding..
@ChazzoCromartie Ah thanks for reply
@angellolxxxix So what are we paying for then that comes extra lol
@"C.E.O." @devious1212 ...if Nike increased the quantity of shoes, nobody would want them. Its the feeling of being in that "special" group of people who got the shoe that drives peoples desire to acquire them; and as a result pay 2, 3 or even 4 times the retail price...... hence the more limited the shoe, the greater people will pay.
@npt what i meant is that there is significantly less padding. theres some photos that show it from the top and the collar is very thin, unlike the other lebron x's