What We Know
NSW LeBron 12’s Stole The Show
While on the stage to talk about his newest basketball shoe, audience members couldn’t help but notice the ill works of art on his feet. That’s right, Nike Sportswear unofficially unveiled the Nike LeBron NSW 12’s on the same day, at the same time at the same event.
Ha! And we thought Kanye was fucked up for stealing Taylor Swift’s thunder.
The seven scheduled global release dates span from October 11th until December 20th. Nike basketball and The King plan on hitting us wit the heat (no pun intended) all throughout the fall and winter months.
LeBron’s Got A Story To Tell (Through Seven Different Colorways)
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One of the best things Nike does is create a storyline to follow through their footwear. Not that they wouldn’t be worth coping without one, but a reason behind the designs always makes the kicks more intriguing to the consumer. Pick which one, or two, or three, go along with what you’d like to say on the court and cop your pair.
Nike's Got New Tech For The King
The expected advances and uses of the Flywire and Nike Zoom Air have been incorporated into the project. However, the placement, especially that of Nike Zoom Air units, is causing the ruckus. Now five hexagonal Nike Zoom Air units map out the pressure points on the foot and allow LeBRon to move, jump and land carefree.
You Can Wear Some Pairs Off The Court, Too
Even with the new look for the NSW version of the LeBron 12, Nike didn’t totally neglect to make pairs that you’d be OK with wearing with jeans/sweatpants if you’re just headed to watch the game with friends.
The King Spoke. Nike Listened.
Since LeBron barely wore his last shoe in the line (LeBron 11’s), The Swoosh made sure to make him happy with the 12's. Every aspect of LeBron’s game was taken into consideration this time around, inspiring different aspects of just what makes him so great. No reason for him not to wear his latest this time around.
Things We Still Don't know
Is The Jig Up For The South Beach Colorway?
Just because LeBron came home like Cam’Ron and the Diplomats, does this mean Nike wont make South Beach colorways anymore? Like, ever? Forever, ever? C’mon Nike Basketball. You have to admit, y’all South Beached the shit out of mad different kicks to go along with the story of the King playing down in Miami. It’d be a shame to stop now just because he’s back in Cleveland. Speaking of Cleveland...
Will there be a Special Cleveland makeup?
Judging from the fist scheduled seven releases, there isn’t a design that specifically speaks to the Wine and Gold Cavs colors. There has to be something in the works, right?
Are Kyrie Irving And The King Ever Going To Collaborate?
The tiny elephant in the room is just how much LeBron’s been willing (read: giddy) to play big brother to new teammate Kyrie Irving. The two Swoosh-mates have forged a friendship and Kyrie seems OK with playing Robin to LeBron’s Batman. With an obvious bromance a-brewing, could we see these two promote each other’s gear? Will we get the commercials featuring both James and Irving that we never got from James and Wade? Only time will tell.
Which Kicks Will Appear In NBA 2K?
KD’s the man right now for the 2K series, but LeBron ain’t exactly chopped liver. Of course the game's design team will have time to upload images of the emperors new shoes before games ship out, but just which ones will they allow users to play in and how long until you can unlock all of them?
Is It Retro Time?
When asked if it was time to explore it LeBron said "it's not out of the question." With the release of the 12 and given that LeBron’s starting the third chapter of his career, is it really an appropriate time to look back at his sneaker timeline? If it is, which kicks do we start with? Nike Zoom LeBron I? II? Fan favorite IV’s? If LeBron has it his way, they'll start at Nike Air Generation 1 (his first shoe).
He’s Going To Wear Them, But Will You?
LeBron infamously shunned the 11’s and hardly wore them at all last season. However, he’s said that he’s a fan of the 12’s and by the look of how many releases are already scheduled, each with it’s own story, it’s a safe bet that he’ll rock them in 2014-15. That doesn’t guarantee that his fan base will like them once the hype and excitement is over. Some shoes just sell better than others and the jury’s still out on how well the LeBron 12’s will do with the public.