s Cleveland fans prepare for the return of their hometown hero, sneaker addicts all over anticipate the release of the 12th installment in Nike’s coveted LeBron series. The LeBron XI, though shrouded in controversy mainly due to the man himself not endorsing the shoe on court because of issues relating to comfort still sold well for Nike. The XI instead took a back seat to the Zoom Soldier VII and the Lebron X from the previous season as LeBron’s sneaker of choice. Although worn a few times on court by the one many basketball fans around the world recognize as “King” the shoe didn’t appear to be fit for one. This brings us to the LeBron XII. When early images of the shoe first appeared on the internet it was met with mixed emotions due to it’s aesthetics. Some hated the design, some loved it and others didn’t quite know what to make of it.
f you are a fan of sneakers then you know that new sneaker designs are often met with uncertainty until the first “on foot” images surface and this is usually around the time when “the turn” begins to take place. The turn is a phrase that is often used on sneaker sites such as the ever popular Niketalk that refers to that moment when a sneaker that was initially met with disgust or uncertainty begins to sway it’s naysayers. Though many still continue to struggle internally with their love, hate or uncertainty for the LeBron XII’s design, when it is all said and done a cool design though often desired will never replace the need for a shoe that performs as well on the court as it does off it. The LeBron XII is expected to hit retailers on October 11th for $200 in a turquoise/grey-black-crimson colorway.
(images courtesy of Sole Collector via @Simon 5302 & @Bilskii)