June 17th, 2014 by John Kim
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.