December 6, 2013 BY Brendan Dunne / 69
For those who have been following our NBA Feet action, it hasn’t been much of a secret that LeBron James hasn’t been wearing the LeBron 11 too often this season. Speculation on why this is has pointed towards improper fit and comfort in the toe-box area for the superstar, but we’ve yet to really hear anything from King James himself on the matter until now. Darren Rovell recently caught up with James, who told the ESPN correspondent “It has been a frustrating process. But obviously, I know that Nike wants to do what’s best. They’re not going to put me out there in harm’s way. So we’re redefining the shoe to fit what’s best for my foot.”
James went on to explain that the brains at Nike Basketball are working on “redefining” the shoes for a better fit for him, and sums up his frustration with “I just want to be able to wear them.” Keep in mind that this won’t affect the mold of the regular retail pairs, which have been outperforming the LeBron 10 in terms of sales. It’s a rather interesting observation to not only see a superstar player not wear his signature shoe and have them sell very well at retail, so chime in with your thoughts on this topic and stay tuned to our NBA Feet column to track his sneaker wears this season.
Its nothing new for an athlete to dislike his signature shoe, but I'm sure he'll still promote them and they'll still sell. Jordan didn't like 2's and almost left nike because of the design. He also didnt like the X's that's why they changed the toe box. Despite that people still bought them and continue to buy the Retros. To each his own!
Plain and simple I can care less he's a self absorbed fuck like Hype Bitch West. Did Jordan leave the Bull's after he left to play baseball and upon return consider trying to join teams with stars that would dramatically increase the odd's of obtaining a championship? Fuck no! He stayed in Chicago and got them ring's, not to take anything away from his fellow teammates. He just had that killer instinct and this fuck face don't. Why this hype is so fucking overrated and sad it's shoved in our faces day in and out. More like "Queen James". Keep buying Nike's top tier athlete's shoes and paying top dollar for some poorly tested in advance to release, kicks and LOVE IT WHILE YOU, JUST DO IT!!!!!!
It feels like we're witnessing an unprecedented situation in terms of LeBron's complaint. I like the shoe, but he must not have been given enough practice time in wear test samples before its release. That makes Nike look crazy. Whatever adjustments are made for LeBron, it will be interesting to see if they make it to retail.
obviously nike really doesnt care about their major sneaker super stars right now. they are just into getting shoes out and getting the buyer's money. KD has a problem with the prices of his shoes, Lebron doesnt like the way the 11s feel, and Kobe achilles tore most likely because of his low top sneaker. oh yeah, and Kanye gets no royalties or release date for the "oh-so-anticipated" Yeezy's lol.
The XI fits and looks good. Bron just has some jack up feet that are in need of special shoes and orthotics.
Imo the lebron 11 is a great shoe, already have 3 pairs and counting. The only ones that has sold out in my area to date are the gamas n the irons but the irons only cuz it was a limited release n the gammas cuz nike is sticking that color down our throats right now 4 this season. I was fortunate to grab the irons but wasnt so lucky with the gammas (color hypebeast). Once bron starts wearing them and keeps having this ridiculous season ppl will jump on the wagon 4 these.
The real truth is that the Lebron xi actually fits and runs true to size which makes for a loose fit on his tiny ass little feet. The xi is the only Lebron I've ever bought that fits true to size period.
It seems strange that these don't fit the man for whom they were specifically designed. They definitely play-tested them over the summer, because there were articles here showing him wearing a taped-over pair of demos. Something must have changed between then and production. It's definitely a credit to their design that sales haven't suffered from Lebron not wearing them in games.
The XIs are narrower in the toe than just about any shoe I've worn in a while. I ordered a half size up from my usual size and the toebox is still a bit cramped. It's just the way the armorposite wrap comes over the top of the toe-- they could stand to mold an extra 1/8" of vertical space into that section. Despite the narrow toe, though, the XIs are incredibly comfortable, especially around the pivot point and heel.
Since the "super star" isn't wearing his own sig shoe how about you cut the customers a break on the price nike?!?
It's definitely a little weird that the shoes wouldn't have been tested. I understand that they probably didn't have a ton of time, but if the shoes namesake can't even wear them for full games you'd think some sort of red flag would have gone up. With that said, that hasn't changed my opinion of the shoes. I'm not 250+ lbs with size 16 feet, and I love them. I especially love the style. It is unique and a cool mix of technical components and a distinctive design. Haters gonna hate, but I'm still a LeBron XI fan
I will never understand the hate for this shoe."kings pride still siting on shelves".So did the 20+colorways of the 9's-10's,wheres the forging iron 11's?Gone in seconds just like every other limited lebron.In 3+years everyone will be talking about how dope the 11's were and so on.Its quite pathetic you even call your selves sneaker heads,when anything new steps to the plate all you do is hate.I have a closet full of retro j's and so on,why cant ya'll just try a new flavor once in a while,trust me it feels great to wear what you want not what people say to want.
Yeah buddy.... The Jordan II and X was garbage than and are still garbage! I don't see how people still buying em. Especially the Jordan x, it's built like a payless shoe. Just cheap made and cheap looking
@isaacdexx Hahahaha you that mad over an article about sneakers not an actual person?
I still have to get a half size or whole size up on the xi just like the x. But the way they fit on the masses doesn't pertain to LeBron. His are custom fitted for his foot so the size doesn't matter to him bruh. But these xi's fit super snug on my exact size 12 so I go a size up to a 13
@baby gerald ive felt this way about a majority of the lebrons ive owned. Each and every lebron ive had i get a half size up but i still get the pinching on the sides especially when i play basketball. like you also said though every thing else is perfect so i just live with it. I was planning on grabbing some the carbons on release either way though but im kinda shook because the toe box issue has been an issue for more people than normal.
@kicks67.... The price stays the same no matter what he wears, his (LeBron) name and logo is still on the shoes!
So why aren't people entitled to an opinion? People should like them just because they're the latest thing? Just because they don't like them doesn't mean they're "not sneakerheads"...
King's pride are gone off the selves in the DFW area! Dallas ft.worth is on em. I got the last pair of 13's the same day they dropped, I almost missed out. Also the Terracotta Warrior was hard to get here also, well at least the house of hoops.
Are you trying to start shit with me punk?? If so do yourself a favor and log off before I make you feel so bad you will never visit this site again.. Now I got to get off of you and back on your mom so please don't disturb me for a while. Punk ass Dick Drinker.
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite Fuck you punk nigga bitch!
@Bighec_236 Kobe? Lmfao that fuck is a weak bitch as well.
I haven't worn them on court, so for just walking around the toebox hasn't been too much of an issue. I can imagine that stopping and starting and pushing off the forefoot quickly for any extended period with these might be a bit more abusive on the toes.
Nike should be working overtime to make these fit their signature player. Maybe even make the new, roomier toebox a NikeID option.
For your info I know how to hit unsubscribe and I don't need a computer class from you. Now are you picking up what I'm putting down. If so then do like I said and go fuck yourself Dunce.
yea I'm done with these haters talking shit online I got a address just like everyone else but nobody bout shit so not even into the stupid fucks like yourself knowing things like a psychic by reading what I'm telling the next muthafucker and thinking I give fuck what they think.. good for you and your assumptions...
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite God damn your about as annoying as a straight up babbling cunt, can't GOTD just like a hoe. Your mom is so proud of her sneaker bitch she raised. She's in hell looking up at you elated how much of her female qualities she instilled in you before she croaked..ignorance is best left to this comment whore..I'm done with your cooter banging ass..call me racist all you want fucking retard..I got plenty black friends and they aren't as dimwitted as your slow ass...peace fuck girl...
I hope u didn't break any of ur delicate nails typing all dat nonsense u bitchmade faggot hahahaha.... Go back to suckin on ur moms dick chump & take a nap
"Real dudes" lmfao the difference is you think I give a shit about going to jail..I'd serve life in prison happily for killing your bitch s ass. Thats bitch talk about not wanting to get caught up. Your always inciting these dumbass comments trying to sound like your anything more than a bitch but yet I'm the fake, gtfoh. Like I said I'd never get a chance to look at your ass caught up online trying to prove points, why not "just do it"? like you said.. wait ,maybe because your too busy commenting on multiple sneaker sites 5000+ and counting. If it came down to it you'd be writing a fucking comment about shoes while a mutherfucker kills your weak ass,you find joy in searching for the people you don't like commenting and talk shit..so who's real and who's fake. Obviously you can't stand me and Its mutual but I'm not caught up always commenting at your lame as s it's the bitch in you always wanting to call me racist, over and over and over. I get it you fucking moron, but as I stated I'm not caught up online like you with your 5000 plus comments, that's just proof as to how much of fulfilling life your leading. You get off by talking shit to me and I'll let you do it from here on out since your infatuation has turned into a full blown fatal attraction like the bitch you are just like that slut in her grave rotting raised to be. Wouldn't hear you coming, ROTFL...
Real dudes don't talk bout wat they gonna do. Espc on da internet u dumb racist fuck lol, they jus do it... Rats & Snitch bitches like yaself put themselves on blast & wonder how they got caught up... And wats funny, u wouldn even hear me comin...
that's your boyfriend bitch infatuate..always talking shit about racist this and that. I'm laughing at both y'all fucking fags on here. Lmfao fb or Twitter, shows what sites you blast on. He disrespected me so I tell him what I'd literally do if he ever got the chance to.I'd gladly prove it but fuck it. Not like I'd ever get a chance to
Hahahahahaha.... I'm over here hurting, this is too funny! Cuz talking about shooting folks on a sneaker site! This ain't Facebook or Twitter my dude. @Da_Real_Big_Infinite you haven't learned to ignore this dude, the first day on sneakernews he was bugging out and talking crazy to everybody. Ignorance is bliss let him be a baser by himself bruh.
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite Damn your black ass is infatuated with me, like them worms are that are eating your mom in her shallow grave covered in shit! I'd peel the skin off your face BOY! Got me twisted with them jive ass loud talking niggas when ya'll are in groups but when a big tall muthafucker like myself. That's always got that burner off safety in case some bitchmade fuck like your self is scared to use them hands and thinks their the only person with a gun wants to just try shooting, I'll be the one putting them on a fancy R.I.P T-shirt for their whole family to look in style together while at their viewing,rosary, wake or whatever you wanna call it. Come to Sa,Tx and see me fuck boy. I'll gladly show you whats real.
Too bad we ALL know u wouldn say any of dat shit to my face hahaha... Jus an ignorant dumb racist fuck dat thinks he knows wat he's talkin bout... Mother should of did her 1st instinct & swallowed u
Weak compared to you or your favorite player? Please guys if you want to hate someone hate the marketing companies and the media. the players just play the game they love and earn the money they agree to on paper.