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Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom LeBron V “Yankees” (2008)

November 9th, 2012 by | 1 comment

yankees nike lebron v march 2008 release Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom LeBron V Yankees (2008)

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By now you might’ve noticed that we went from LeBron 1 to LeBron V for our week-long Classics Revisited on the Nike LeBron. One of the more under-appreciated signature models is indeed the V, the tech-boosted high-performance model that released in October of 2007. In March of 2008, Nike Basketball released a limited-edition run of the LeBron V ‘Yankees’, celebrating the Yankees new season at a special release at the House of Hoops (you know, back when HoH had exclusive releases). It features the Bronx Bombers’ signature pinstripe detailing on the upper with a crisp white/navy colorway and a baseball-diamond logo on the tongue. LeBron considers the Yankees his favorite baseball team, stirring up some inadvertent controversy in 2007 when he wore a Yankees baseball cap during a Yankees/Indians game – in Cleveland. That Yankees allegiance was later thought to be an indication that LeBron would select the New York Knicks as his new employers, but we know that didn’t unfold that way! Just 86 pairs of the LeBron V ‘Yankees’ was released and is one of the most limited-edition released LeBrons to date.

Nike Zoom LeBron V ‘Yankees’
Midnight Navy/White-Midnight Navy
317253-411
03/2008
86 Pairs

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Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom LeBron IV “Fruity Pebbles” (2006)

November 8th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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NIKE LEBRON WEEK

Over ten models of the Nike LeBron, is there a true clear-cut “number one”? Air Max fans absolutely love the VII and the new full-length Vis-Zoom on the LeBron X might take the cake, but the Foamposite-based Zoom LeBron IV probably has a lot of votes as well. Aaron Cooper’s design of the IV was an instant hit, and among the timid GR colorways that hit stores a series of special editions were created on the side. The Dunkmans, NYC Remix joints, the SVSM PE’s – those are all bangers, but the undisputed visual shocker of the LeBron IV catalog is the December 2006 creation of the ‘Fruity Pebbles’.

Nike Basketball created a super-limited run of the Nike Zoom LeBron IV ‘Fruity Pebbles’ just for LeBron James and his friends and family (thus the ‘Family Style’ embroidery on the heel pull-tabs). It features a clean white upper with a rainbow of colorways on the bottom end, with translucent outsole rubber traction matching the graphics of the Fruity Pebbles cereal (LeBron’s personal favorite) on the midsole. LeBron actually wore these in a game on December 1st, 2006 against the Atlanta Hawks for a throwback Hardwood Classics jersey night, and later Upper Deck teamed up with Nike again to release a figurine with the Fruity Pebbles and throwback Cavs uniforms. More of this super-rare pair of Fruity Pebbles LeBron IVs below, so take a look at tonight’s Classics Revisited below and let us know if these are your favorite!

Nike Zoom LeBron IV “Fruity Pebbles”
100 Pairs
12/2006

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Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom LeBron III Low “Sprite” (2006)

November 7th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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You know that uber-popular LeBron 8 Low colorway that everyone copied onto the LeBron 9 iD? It started in 2006 with this sick collaboration with the Coca Cola company. The well-versed LeBron fans will definitely recognize this show, but for the newer fellas, the LeBron ‘Sprite’ was an actual shoe that happened with the Zoom LeBron III Low. In 2006, Nike created this special-edition ‘Sprite’ as a special tribute to LeBron, who nabbed a Sprite soft-drink endorsement in his rookie year; one of the ads featured the fictional ‘Thirst’ figurine that would appear in several NBA advertisements. This version, unlike the LeBron 8 Low, features legitimate Sprite logos on the insole, heel, and outsole, and remains as one of the most elusive LeBron discoveries out there today. The Zoom LeBron III may be a long-gone story (until a Retro goes down), but that’s what Classics Revisited is for! More on the original LeBron “Sprite” after the jump

Nike Zoom LeBron III Low “Sprite”
314010-111
Fall 2006

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Classics Revisited: Nike Zoom LeBron II “Chamber of Fear” (2005)

November 6th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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The earliest LeBron-centric ad campaign on a global level was in conjunction with the launch of his second signature shoe known as the Nike Zoom LeBron II. Inspired by old-school Chinese kung-fu films, Nike unveiled the ‘Chamber of Fear’, created as a multi-level test of LeBron’s inner character with various obstacles like Hype, Temptation, Haters, Complacency, and Self-Doubt. Nike embraced the popular concept by creating an interactive online video game, with limited edition posters and baller-ID bands as gifts, and even a limited set of Air Force 1 Lows themed after each of those obstacles were produced and became one of the more sought-after AF1s of the decade.

This Player Exclusive of the LeBron II is a tribute to the Chamber of Fear, composed with a White/Red/Gold colorway matching LeBron’s China-inspired gear in that commercial with Chinese characters embroidered on the inner side of the tongue (another White/Navy/Red PE was produced as well). The LeBron II ‘Chamber of Fear’ was never actually released to the public, but instead saw a 24-pair distribution to Friends & Family, and it even recently surfaced on an NBA court when Nick Young surprisingly wore a pair during the 2011-2012 NBA Season. More of tonight’s Classics Revisited is just below, so take a look and stay tuned for more LeBron classics throughout the week!

Nike Zoom LeBron II “Chamber of Fear”
2005

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Zoom Generation “Wheat” (2004)

November 5th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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NIKE LEBRON WEEK

The recently unveiled Nike LeBron X puts things into perspective: did Nike, upon signing LeBron James in 2003, expect this much success and fortune? Undeniably the most significant line of signature sneakers next to the Air Jordan, the Nike LeBron has endured a decade in a sneaker cult that has experienced a meteoric rise to the mainstream pop culture. The ‘LeBron’ is as important as the ‘Air Jordan’ these days, so now’s  a perfect time to look back at some of the most memorable LeBron releases of the last decade. We might as well start with LeBron’s debut model – the Nike Air Zoom Generation.

The Air Zoom Generation made its debut in November of 2003 during LeBron’s first regular-season NBA game. He quickly lived up to the hype and was a very close selection to the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. Instead, he participated in the Rookie Challenge, debuting this rugged workboot-styled ‘Wheat’ colorway of Air Zoom Generation. This was a semi-limited release that hit Nike Basketball retailers world-wide, and although it doesn’t have that skyrocketing value, the ‘Wheat’ is one of the most visually distinct LeBrons to have ever released. More of tonight’s Classics Revisited is right ahead, so take a look and stay tuned for more LeBron heat coming you way this week!

Nike Air Zoom Generation
Wheat/Wheat-Gold
308214-771
02/13/04

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