A month away from his 15th NBA Playoffs series appearance, LeBron James has recently previewed another colorway of his Nike LeBron 18. Instead of purple and gold detailing, however, the latest take on James’ signature sneaker ostensibly nods to the Los Angeles Lakers’ time in Minneapolis.
Before the kid from Akron’s current team landed in California, it called Michigan (1946) and Minnesota (1947-60) home, the latter responsible for its recognizable name (the central state is nicknamed the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”). As the Minneapolis Lakers, the squad wore a powder blue uniform featuring “University Gold” trimming. Both hues are borrowed on James’ latest signature sneaker as midsoles, Air Max-accompanied tongues and detailing on the molded heel structure sport the light blue tone; the shoe’s inner-bootie indulges in a vibrant gold that also appears throughout the “Black” Flyknit upper. Outer space-reminiscent “Concord” enter the mix across the rear, forgoing the opportunity to don any “MPLS” branding. However, sock-liners and the Airbags on the tongue don modern-day Lakers-style graphics nodding to King James.
Updated April 30th, 2021: A release date is set for May 13th, 2021.
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Nike LeBron 18
Release Date: May 13th, 2021 (Thursday)
Color: Black/University Gold/Coast/Concord
Mens: $200 Style Code: CQ9283-006Grade School: $140 Style Code: CW2760-006