June 17th, 2014 by John Kim / 46
The long NBA season came to a close on Sunday night, with the San Antonio Spurs closing out the 2013-2014 campaign by winning its fifth NBA title. While Spurs fans (and what seems like the rest of the nation) are happy with the outcome, that leaves sneaker fans without any celebratory sneaker release; we predicted some sort of three-peat Pack if Miami won, and there’s no doubt that a Nike LeBron “Three-peat” release would be one of the best releases of the year. Instead, the flipside of the Nike LeBron 11 spectrum is emphasized; LeBron James rarely wore the LeBron 11 during the season, option for the lower-priced Soldier VII throughout the Playoffs. Did his lack of on-feet wears influence his fans?
It’s safe to say that in the signature athlete dominated industry, it’s absolutely paramount that the athlete in question wear the sneaker day in and day out. After all, LeBron’s sneaker sales have skyrocketed in tandem with his success in basketball, and seeing Nike LeBrons on his feet night in and night out made them all the more desirable. The official sales numbers of the LeBron 11 aren’t in yet, but there’s an argument for both sides – sales are still increasing because the shoes look dope, or LeBron numbers are dipping because the guy ain’t wearing them anymore. We asked our readers on Twitter to chime in, so check out some of the responses and let us know who you relate to the most.
I didn't care, AT ALL, about LeBron not liking the XI. The shoe looks fantastic and it's built like a tank. I copped 3 different pairs...
i don't think it matters if he wore them or not, what does have to do with anything? i wouldn't buy shoes based on the player wearing on them the only thing important to me is that i like them end of story
kings pride were FUEGO! Tell you the truth the shoes just different. People may be sleeping on these now but in the future they will be copping these like crazy. These will be the same story like the air jordan 11s. They were just ahead of their time.
not at all for one the design looks sub par to me along with the colorways then on top of that the price tag. Overall they just weren't worthwhile to me i think we're past that faze of worrying about what athletes wear this isn't the 90's anymore where people get influenced off kicks on the court.
only a few pairs sold out in my city most sat on the shelves but i dont think thats because he didnt wear them i think the 200 price tag was a factor also the shoes design isnt all that good the pairs that did sellout here were the themed pair the chrismas, gumbo league, BHM, and the everglades pair but the guys at foot locker told me they had a lot of returns of the shoe because a peice on the toe kept popping/breaking. but seeing him not wear the shoe probably persuaded repeat buyers to not buy them
Shit is soooo ass backwards. People actually spend 200 on these sneakers
cause they thought he was gonna wear it?! You gotta be kidding me. [the shits embarrassing] When
did we get away from buying what we liked cause we liked it and we worked damn hard to get it. Let it be
known that if you bought this shoe cause you THOUGHT LaBwan was gonna
wear it in the playoffs or the finals your a dickrider to the 10th
power. That ish is bogus. Seems a bit irresponsible to spend 200 on a
pair of sneakers in hopes of achieving an amazing resale value. Remember
the days when we spent 200 bucks of our hard owned money on shoes we
were gonna beat to shit?? Yall kids need to restrategize and reorganize your
priorities cause from where I am standing and looking there aint no more
leaders just a bunch of sheep waiting to be herded. I dont want to wish
ill fated luck on yall... but to all you kids, adults, obseessed fans, grandmas basement living welfare check suckin, spineless, parasitic resellers, I really hope the next pair of LaBwans
you buy has a fucking nail in the toe box.
LeBron 11 is a alright model as far has looks go. The colorways were fire, but I didnt see these as comfortable as everyone says they are. I tried them on multiple times and they bother my feet even with .5 size up. I just cant do it.
I am curious as to how nike botched the comfort level for the man the shoe is named after but honestly that had no effect on me as a consumer. Me & lebron don't have the same feet & they're actually pretty comfortable IMO. I'm a much bigger fan of his shoes than I am of him anyways.
That shoe sucked harder than LeBron in the NBA finals. 200 bucks for a shoe that dude won't even wear? That dude and his shoes are terrible...
I Have been waiting to chime in on this very topic! Why would anyone pay the $200.00 price tag on something the sponsored athlete is not even comfortable wearing? What is strange is that Manu Ginobili Wore the Lebron11's most of the year and look wear they got him. Also that PE color way of his needs to released. Grey on Grey looked good
didnt buy one pair.....lbj can tell the difference between a good look and a not so one...props to him!
I think it's interesting that he didn't wear them because they weren't as comfortable as the Soldiers when that shouldn't happen in the first place. Him not wearing them shouldn't affect you unless you don't like them, have certain feet issues, or it just doesn't fit your play style.Unless you're a hypebeast, you should buy what fits you.
The LeBron 11 was an ugly shoe. By far one of LeBron's worst shoes. I don't own a pair but a lot of people have said the shoe is uncomfortable. No colorway besides the "Christmas" edition flew off the shelves in my city. These shoes stayed in the shoe stores at my local mall. I'm glad LeBron didn't wear that ugly shoe. Plus this years model had terrible colorways. The people who bought the Forging Irons for $250 should be mad as hell because they should have been $200 just like all the other regular release LeBrons. Nike made them a limited release just to get people to buy them. Smart move Nike. The "Forging Irons" and the "What The" LeBron's will be the only LeBron 11's to sell out instantly
I don't stare at a player's feet, and don't care. I like how the shoes play and feel when used, and how they look. After buying a pair of the 11s I've never once felt like there was any reason for returning them. Him not wearing them means nothing to me.
From the view of a regular person looking for shoes to buy. It definitely plays a huge factor. I, myself, thought that the reason why he wasn't wearing them was because they just weren't comfortable which seemed pretty valid to me. It caused me to question buying them in the first place.
Lebron didn't wear 'em but Manu G. did so I'm gonna buy 'em. (JK) Sneakers don't make you a great basketball player. All you need is LOVE and PASSION for BASKETBALL. Don't matter what brand of sneakers you wear on court. (Nike wanted Lebron to stunt wearing 'em than focus on winning his third mirage championship. XD)
For me, I won’t buy anything with Lebron’s name on it just because I can’t stand the guy. Credit that he is good at basketball, sure, but I personally won’t buy it because his name is on it. I like the look of the Lebron11 too, but I just can’t bring myself to do it.
On that note, I DO think that his not wearing it affected people. Why should they be expected to wear a shoe with someone’s name on it said name won’t even wear them. It’s like saying “it’s not good enough for me, but you can pay me royalties to wear it anyway"
His not wearing the shoes didn't have anything to do with my decision to purchase the shoe. I don't agree with most of the things LBJ does anyways. I like his shoes not his life choices...
Didn't realize it mattered whether or not he wears them. I liked them so that was enough reason for me to get a pair, he can wear whatever he damn well pleases and I'll do the same
@flockaveli He never had this issue with any of his other shoes so there was an issue with the 11s.
@nolunch2605 Jesus lol..
@MR_1989 You Nike ID that shit lol. But seriously I agree. If i'm going to spend $200 on a shoe it better be some official heat. The shoe itself is not bad but the asking price is OD.
I have both soldiers and lebron 11s and the lebrons are much more comfortable. The 11s have zoom/lunarlon insoles, and all the soldier has is a small amount of zoom in the midsole.
@TheKidDope_ Don't forget The Terracotta Warrior and the Kings Pride were hot sellers too. Those are the only 11's I would have cop if they didn't sell out like hot cakes.
@r3dnax3la Same here. I grabbed the 'King's Pride' about a week after they released after drooling over pics in SN and other shoe blogs. I don't hoop in them, but they are one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever put on my feet. They look sick and I don't really care whether LBJ wore them as much because his feet are a mess.
And it's not like he never wore them. Here's a solecollector article pointing out that he wore the 11 or 11 Elite models a total of 35 times over the season: