With a nickname like “the chosen one” expectations for LeBron James have been high for most of his life. Although he has yet to win a championship ring on the basketball court, LeBron James has completely transformed the world of sneakers during his 9 years in the NBA. As King James turns 27 years old today, we take a look at some of the sneakers that he has inspired over the years and how they’ve become an important part of the sneaker culture.
Nike LeBron V Dunkman uploaded by mrrightnow
Aside from the traditional team colorways of the LeBron James signature line, Nike has created a number of LeBron colorways that have become popular amongst #sneakerholics ; the most notable of them all is the “Dunkman” colorway. This combination of neon green and grey has been seen on a number of LeBron releases in both the signature line and the LeBron Soldier line. The Dunkman nickname comes from the logo, which features a silhouette of LeBron’s signature dunk.
Nike Zoom Soldier x Sole Collector uploaded by jcabrena
112 Pack LeBron 7 uploaded by DJ Clark Kent
Nike’s LeBron shoes have also been popular amongst collaborators like Sole Collector and DJ Clark Kent and others, who have designed their own special edition colorways of some of LeBron’s shoes. Two of the most sought after and impressive colorways are the Sole Collector x Nike Zoom Soldier and 112 Pack Nike LeBron 7 pictured above. LeBron’s signature shoes have also opened up a new area of colorways with extremely limited colorways like the Hardwood Classics PE seen below.
Hardwood Classics alternative colorway uploaded by Mayor
On top of the signature models, there countless styles that have been inspired by LeBron James including Air Force 1s, Nike Dunks and others. The popular “South Beach” colorway that first appeared on the Nike LeBron 8 was inspired by LeBron’s decision to leave Cleveland and play for the Miami Heat. The popularity of the colorway quickly became a phenomenon and began to show up on other Nike shoes of all genres and even on some creative designs from sneaker customizers from around the world. A beautiful example of this is the custom Jordan 6 pictured below.
South Beach Jordan 6 uploaded by J_EN_V
LeBron’s impact on the sneaker world continues to grow and at just 27 years old as of today, we’re looking forward to many more years of King James’ sneakers. Check out a few more of the sneakers that “The Chosen One” inspired below and let us know what your favorite LeBron James shoe is in the comments below.
Nike Zoom LeBron II uploaded by pkballr
Nike LeBron 6 All-Star uploaded by maclandtan
Nike Dunk Low LeBron Akron uploaded by Mongol
Nike LeBron Air Force 1 uploaded by Henry
Nike Air Force 1 Chamber of Fear uploaded by BRINX