The new LeBron sneakers, the LeBron 16’s are inspired by their own design history. It all started when LeBron entered the NBA, and it hasn’t stopped since. Looking back at the LeBron designs, they all include some part of his history as a player as well.
LeBron Air Zoom Generation
From the moment LeBron James signed a $90 million contract, before playing a single game, the Nike camp started designing his first signature shoe. It was released in five colorways. One colorway, known as the ‘first game’ was released in limited quantities with 11-5-2003 – the date of his first home game – stitched on the inner liner.
Zoom LeBron II
The Nike basketball design team had a hard task beating the first successful launch of the Nike Air Zoom Generation. The Nike Zoom LeBron was called out to be the most anticipated shoe of 2004. Also, LeBron’s popularity had grown in the second season. This made the New Zoom LeBron II an equal success to the First LeBron’s.
Zoom LeBron III
The design team took a few elements out of the II and used it while designing the Zoom LeBron III, for example, they brought back the extra chunky full-length Zoom Air unit.
Zoom LeBron IV
The IV gave a new life to the LeBron sneakers and was making an appearance because of the use of a different silhouette. It’s is one of the heaviest pairs of kicks designed by LeBron.
Zoom LeBron V
The Zoom LeBron V reaches further than just a nice looking shoe, with the new sneaker release and campaign in 2007 Lebron wanted to spread a message. “I am LeBron James,” he says at the end of the TV spot. “You don’t want to be me. You want to be better than me.”
Air Max LeBron VI
A more durable design, that is made to last a whole season. LeBron plays five positions, thats why the so has full-length Nike Zoom unit in the midsole but also has Nike Zoom double-stacked in the heel.
Air Max LeBron VII
While designing this shoe they focused on comfort and strength, they tried to make a perfect combination of superior performance and a luxurious lifestyle.
Air Max LeBron 8
With this shoe, they focussed on improving your game skills. Features a leather upper with Flywire for all-around support.
For Jason Petrie, Nike designer, with this shoe it was all about making a stable shoe, which would improve how LeBron was playing. Working with new materials, and making the shoe personal.
Combining four of Nike’s most advanced innovations, the shoe features the first full-length visible Nike Zoom unit, dynamic Flywire technology, Hyperfuse construction and Nike+ Basketball that brought the shoe to a whole new level.
Growing up, a young LeBron James was inspired and influenced by plenty of star power. the LeBron 12, is based on a unique blend of elements which includes a nod to his heroes of the gridiron, a hat tip towards the Bronx and a bold display of Ohio pride to represent his home state.
LeBron James needed a shoe that could stand up to his powerful playing style. So they developed ultra-responsive cushioning, lock-down support.
With this shoe, the designers got inspired by LeBron’s combination of speed and power. The design features a dynamic lockdown, ultimate responsiveness, and lightweight comfort.
Nike designer Jason Petrie and LeBron James had been working together for more than a decade, The two have a near-telepathic bond, with the greatest designs as an outcome. Special about this design is the sock-like fit. A full inner-sleeve offers a secure, sock-like fit. And a high-stretch collar provides flexible support around the ankle.
Engineered for the strongest player on the court, the LeBron 16 Basketball Shoe delivers a powerful combination of support, impact cushioning and instant responsiveness.