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Chamber of Fear to Terracotta Warrior: The History of Nike LeBron “China” Editions

August 28th, 2013 by | 11 comments

lebron china sneakers Chamber of Fear to Terracotta Warrior: The History of Nike LeBron China Editions

LeBron James emerged as a phenom in Akron as a nationally-recognized player for St. Vincent – St. Mary. He became a superstar in Cleveland, winning MVPs and Gold Medals with the Cavaliers. In Miami, he became a Champion, leading the Heat to two straight. LeBron James’ rise to legend-status can be tracked by specific regions, but here in the U.S., we often forget LeBron’s meteoric rise to fame in China, where the basketball crazed country has made the world’s best ballers like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant into god-like beings. LeBron James definitely belongs in that club, and over the last decade, Nike has taken a concerted effort in bringing a special treat to a country boasting the largest population in the world.

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Nike LeBron Black Collection Display at Nike WHQ

August 14th, 2013 by | 3 comments

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LeBron James spent some time on August 13th traversing the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR by foot and by bicycle, making some pit-stops at a LeBron sand sculpture (yes, the Portland area has sand) and an interesting display inside the WHQ walls. Ten years of Nike LeBron greatness were up for viewing, with each of LBJ’s signature models individually encased along a straight line makeshifting a metaphorical road to the Nike LeBron 11. The entire set was in an all-black format – some of which we’ve seen before, some not at all, but all amazing. With two NBA Titles, two Olympic Gold Medals, four NBA MVPs, and a Dunk Contest Trophy already under the man’s belt, it seems timely for Nike to embark on a LeBron retrospective of some sort, and we can most certainly expect a story-line with the debut of the LeBron 11.

Like it or not, this interesting display brings us back yet again to the topic of the Nike LeBron Retro. If you compare the trajectory of the Air Jordan and the Nike LeBron, you’d realize that the two could not be more different. Air Jordans made their Retro debut in 1994 when MJ was thought to be done with the game, while LeBron James has shown zero signs of desire to hang ‘em up earlier than usual. More importantly, the Air Jordan line was all about sleek and stylish design opposed to the Nike LeBron, which is revered for its robust innovative upgrades like Dynamic Flywire, Hyperfuse, full-length Zoom and much, much more. ┬áSo while it would be nice for Nike to celebrate ten years of LeBron in some way, is a bringback of the early models – namely the Air Zoom Generation that LeBron himself wore just a few days ago – the way to do it? There’s more to come for sure, so check out the video that LeBron James himself took for his IG followers and let us know what your expectations are for a LeBron Retro movement.

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Nike LeBron PE Display for “Witness History” Tour

July 23rd, 2013 by | 7 comments

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While the Jordan Brand athletes head out to China and Kobe enjoys some downtime in Europe, LeBron James and Nike has decided to hit up the Philippines for a special “Witness History” Tour, which features some cool in-store events as well as some live demos of the King on a basketball court. His time out there has already resulted in a couple of killer sneaker exhibits, including that set of incredible customs and this, a collection of player exclusives and rare pairs from King James’ career (definitely some gems in here, most of which can be seen in Justin Amazing’s collection). Starting all the way back at the Nike Air Zoom Generation, the display includes hard to track down fare like the Nike Zoom LeBron IV “Fruity Pebbles”, the “Denim” Nike LeBron 8, and the not-quite-player-exclusive Nike LeBron X “MVP”. See the sneakers after the jump and let us know if you own any of these rare LeBrons, and stay tuned for more recaps from Nike and Jordan Brand’s plans overseas.

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Complex’s Athletes Wearing Other Athlete’s Signature Sneakers

July 16th, 2013 by | 3 comments

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Allen Iverson in the Air Jordan XI? LeBron James in the Reebok Question? No, these aren’t some alternate universe “What If?” scenarios we’re dreaming up-these actually happened. Sometimes when you think about your favorite signature athlete it’s easy to forget there was indeed a time before they were on contract, before they were being paid millions to rep a certain shoe. This collection of shots from Complex captures some of those moments, even dialing things way back with some classic MJ-not in Jordans shots. Take a look after the jump at a few samples from their list and tell us if any others come to mind.

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What Do You Think?: Nike LeBron Retro

March 21st, 2013 by | 65 comments

nike lebron retro what do you think summary 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?

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

November 8th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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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”
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12/2006

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Nike Zoom LeBron IV “Dunkman” Gas Mask By Freehand Profit

June 27th, 2012 by | 26 comments

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We understand that LeBron fans are riding high off the heels of his first-ever NBA Title. But to chop up a pair of gems like the Nike Zoom LeBron IV ‘Dunkman’? Did Freehand Profit inhale some of that funny gas that he intended to avoid? In all seriousness, we have to applaud not only the craftsmanship, but the unbridled display of sneaker sacrifice; we’ve seem him chop up the Concords, Black/Cement IIIs, and other goodies in macabre style, but the Zoom LeBron IV ‘Dunkman’ eclipses all of those shoes combined in terms of rarity because unless you’re part of LeBron’s immediate circle, you’re shelling out a ton of rupees to get these. Whatever burning bush or shoebox has been telling Freehand has obviously led to some insane sneaker gas mask creations, so what could he go with next? It’s been quite some time since we’ve last seen one of Freehand’s work so take a look below and let us know what you think.

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