What Do You Think?: Nike LeBron Retro
Earlier today LeBron James went “Retro” for the first time in a while and brought out the Nike Zoom LeBron VI “Fairfax” for his return to Cleveland. The Ken Link-designed Nike Zoom LeBron VI was the last of the LeBrons before it moved onto the era of Jason Petrie – a move that made LeBrons much more popular by a noticeable degree and solidifed the Nike LeBron as the flagship name and model for Nike Basketball. With consumers chasing down LeBron releases at a faster rate than ever before and the recent unveiling of the Nike LeBron X Elite bringing in even more excitement to the LBJ label, we’d like to continue our “What Do You Think?” series by posing the thought of a Nike LeBron Retro. Is the timing perfect? Is it too early?
Nike unveiled the Nike LeBron X during the 2012 London Olympics, with the awe-inspiring USA colorway paving the way for other incredible packages like the “Crown Jewel” and “Pressure” releases. Here at Sneaker News, we noted the milestone 10th Anniversary of the Nike LeBron when we talked about the shoes during our Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012, pointing out that no other signature sneaker line in Nike history has ever reached ten models with the exception of the Air Jordan. With LeBron now joining Michael in this uncharted territory and rumors of the Nike Air Zoom Generation (LeBron James’ first shoe) coming back in 2013 as a 10th Anniversary special release, we would say the timing is right.
However, the earlier Nike LeBron models were hardly the standout hits like the LeBrons in the Petrie era, and without anything close to a “South Beach” to give it that necessary jolt, the Nike LeBron line from model 1-through-6 didn’t command the attention at retail. However, to draw a parallel to another legendary signature sneaker line the original run of the Air Jordan 1 through VI didn’t have sneaker consumers lining up around the block, and most of them hit the sales racks. It was only until the following Retro releases – particularly in the “sneakerhead” era – that Air Jordans became such hot commodities. So is it time for the Nike LeBron to enter the Retro sector and give the earlier models another go at retail during a time when LeBron is such a hot item? What if Nike decided to give these older models some contemporary colorways, like “South Beach”, “Dunkman”, or “Galaxy”? We’d like to hear your thoughts on a potential Nike LeBron Retro, and if it ever happens, we’ll be sure to let you know first. Let’s get the discussion going in the Comments.
Nike Air Zoom Generation – Nike first LeBron signature wasn’t officially called the LeBron 1, although it did feature his L23 logo. While these were one of Nike’s best performance shoes at the time, these hit sales racks and only three GR colorways were released with a few limited pairs on the side.
Too Soon? You realize Jordan 1s were released in 1994 as a ten year anniversary thing right? Do the same here. The Nike Zoom Generation. That's it.
give it time nike..too soon..too soon. they arent even retros to anyone yet. his sneaks become retro maybe in another generation or two.
I woukd love to see and have them retroed. With the different materials that are are now. Even thought I think Nike woukd make them impossible to get lol. But I think and know that would be dope. But I think it about 5 years to early. What year did Jordan have his first shie retroed? I think that for the 10th anniversary is a dope thing. But to start a jordan type frenzy naaahh not yet but I will be 35 and on it. But honestly I think it's 5 years to early
The only one that i would even buy would be the Zoom Gens other than those Lebrons are super trash besides the 8s,9s, and 10s
@dame_supreme Yall need to get off the trollercoaster. If you dont like em dont buy em. Plain and simple
@dame_supreme i am with ya..retro the azg in the white-black and red. i want those and they are kinda heat colors anyways! great shoe. these and bron ii are the only brons i can rock. i am a midget and on the light side. his shoes are way too heavy for me for ball. like rockin tim's and that is a def no-no!
If anything, the IVs (with foamposite material) are the must-haves for me. Being a foamhead from the DMV area, this is THE material of choice. I'd go hard for the IVs if they retroed.
Jordan was on his 10th shoe when his first retros released.... No need to wait. Release them now. I had to get rid of my Zoom generations because I had outgrown them since middle school. I would like another pair that I didn't have to pay an ARM and a leg for that someone has already worn. That's just my opinion though...lol
@BygByrd Good point, but Jordans were Retroed because Nike believed Jordan was retiring, whereas LeBron is staying put! AZG retros would be nice though!
I know what Nike thought. However, my point was there are those who want to buy his current shoes and would buy his retros. Sounds like a win win. Consumers get what they want and Nike gets more money. As LeBron has proven in his career you can be successful without mimicking your predecessors. Pave your own way. With that said just because Jordans sneaker line did something and it was highly successful, doesn't mean that Lebrons can't be just as successful doing its own thing.
If its not the 7's or 8's, Nike can keep them. Those are the only lebrons worth purchasing. They probably should retro them tho because all the lebron Stan's would cop.
I think they shouldn't start just yet. I'd love to have a pair of the first LeBron's but that's what eBay is for. Wait another 3-4 years before you start retroing this line
The fact that we even talking about lebron retroing his shoes is wow. Let the man get 3+ rings first before we even consider talks of retros. They really looking for the next big thing for sneakers.
@Foots230 Penny Hardaway has no rings and look at how people go nuts for foamposites. Rings aren't what make the shoe
@Foots230 charles barkley is ringless, and his sigs get all the love.
i say retro the azg for the tenth anny, see how that plays out then go from there, the shoes arent bad at all id love to get a chance at the azg
According to the Jordan litmus test, you must have at least 3 championships before a retro should be released. But I would love some Dunkman AZG and 2–4 without paying four digits per pair.
Im glad i been collecting since the AZGs one lebron they shouldnt retro is the 4s they are too classic! http://youtu.be/BV_d9xln_bk
I might get flamed for this, but personally, I would like for them to wait till he retires. It would be more special, at least for me. But personally, I would like to see the 2's and 3's come back. Those were pretty nice, they really don't get their due.
bron is at 10! retro the white/black/red azg for 10th anniversary..that would be dope! great shoe IMO!