What Do You Think?: Nike LeBron Retro

March 21st, 2013 by | 65 comments


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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.

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65 comments
LFJeremy
LFJeremy moderator

It'll be 10 years ago (WOW.) next Tuesday since these dropped.

RETRO THEM I SAY! RETRO THEEEEEEEMMMMMM!

ramelng
ramelng

If they re-release the Lebron 6 Stewie Griffin Im gonna go crazy. Family Guy FTW

Jakeypoo
Jakeypoo

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. 

REEK215
REEK215

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.

Jetlifitsuks2bu
Jetlifitsuks2bu

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

kennyk
kennyk

i think it's pretty cool.I've been looking for a couple pairs to buy.

dame_supreme
dame_supreme

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

heat_meiser
heat_meiser

1s and 4s are cool - I'd buy a pair of retros

ExploradorSurdo
ExploradorSurdo

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. 

DeuceStacks
DeuceStacks

Lebrons are trash seriously ppl... Beside the 7s, 8s, 9s I wouldn't waste my time....

BygByrd
BygByrd

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

365_prince
365_prince

Its not the rings you got, its the time in the game....

djtangaray
djtangaray

7's and up you can't pay me minimum wage to wear that other garbage (recycle them ugly ishts)

Gusto
Gusto

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.

newsouth912
newsouth912

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

Foots230
Foots230

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.

TheMacLikeRoni
TheMacLikeRoni

I'd take the II and maybe some IV that about it.

RoseClique
RoseClique

If they retro the Wheat AZG's I'll cop.

torgaboy
torgaboy

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 

OoWee_B
OoWee_B

The LeBron 4's need to retro!! them my favorite out of all the LeBrons shoes

TRS
TRS

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.

187swizz
187swizz

Fuck them all. Nothin but garbage!

npt
npt

kobes had much better shoes..

Tarheelsupreme
Tarheelsupreme

You know  how money will be made it Nike does this????

KidCamo85
KidCamo85

Only the 1s the rest are horrible keep it hot

alex458
alex458

I love lebron 2s and 4s and if they were retroed i would deeeeeef cop

CoadyK
CoadyK

I'll cop 1's 2's and 4's miss we with the rest

DimeBagOfSwoosh
DimeBagOfSwoosh

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.

Brando23
Brando23

@dame_supreme Yall need to get off the trollercoaster. If you dont like em dont buy em. Plain and simple

Jonathan Broder
Jonathan Broder

@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! 

johnbeejkim
johnbeejkim

@BygByrd Good point, but Jordans were Retroed because Nike believed Jordan was retiring, whereas LeBron is staying put! AZG retros would be nice though!

r3dnax3la
r3dnax3la

@Foots230 Penny Hardaway has no rings and look at how people go nuts for foamposites. Rings aren't what make the shoe

KenDo
KenDo

@Foots230 charles barkley is ringless, and his sigs get all the love.

BygByrd
BygByrd

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.

365_prince
365_prince

@r3dnax3la how many years past since the first foamposites came out? Its not the rings, but please more than 10 years have to pass...

Foots230
Foots230

@KenDo @Foots230 i knw that along with the other comment but its a different time frame. Second in my opinion lebron is only breaking records. I feel hes not qualified yet to be worthy of a retro release yet.

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