When Nike took a $90 million dollar chance
on a 18-year-old kid, fresh out of high school, people questioned the decision.
No, not that decision. Was Nike
so desperate to find a replacement for Michael Jordan, that they
would throw millions at anyone? Didn't they learn their lesson from all the the
other "next" Michael Jordans?
Well, even as a teenager, LeBron
James was not just anyone and the lucrative endorsement deal made him a
multi-millionaire before he was even drafted. This oft-criticized contract
looks downright reasonable many years later and although he has not replaced
Michael Jordan, LeBron James is as close as anyone has ever been. To
be clear, Michael Jordan will never be replaced, but at his current pace, James
may one day stand alongside him.
The following list details each of the
yearly signature LeBron James shoes AU offerings from Nike.
The chronological listing includes an image of the shoes as well as
an image of LeBron James wearing the shoes in-game. The specific NBA season for
each edition is also included.
It is important to note that only
one main release is covered for each season. The list does
not include the many colorways, Soldier and
Ambassador variations, lifestyle editions or low-top LeBron shoes Australia versions that have been released.
In my opinion ,Lebons shoes represent pure hype over style. Jordans are insanely
expensive but they are stylish. Brons are puke colored and usually have nothing
alluring to the eye. And they are more expensive than Jordans. They are clunky
and loud. And wtf is up with the Miami Hurricanes colorway? Lebron is an all
time great, but his shoes mirror his career. More hype than substance. 2 finals
wins in 6 appearance and he is supposedly the greatest of all time. Please
folks. This man has come up small in some really big moments and these shoe
designs just try way too hard to be fresh and new. Give me old school Jordans
any day. He didn’t have to lie to kick it. He really was the baddest man on the
planet. His shoe designs were slick and sleek like him and his game. Brons are
clunky and ugly year in year out. The puke colors don’t help at all. Sorry
Bron. That’s why Air Jordan retros still fly off the shelves no matter how old
they are. They are not UGLY.