LeBron James and his Nike family have been at it for more than 20 years. As “the kid from Akron” heads into his 21st professional season, he’s ready to share the Nike LeBron 21 with the world.
An official press release for James’ 21st signature model hasn’t been shared by the brand, but the sneaker shares similarities to its immediate predecessor. As with other styles from the expansive Nike LeBron line, the LeBron 21 is poised to tell different parts of the current Los Angeles Laker’s story. James has been vocal about his love for horror films and it seems his interest in moving pictures will come to sneaker form again via the LeBron 21.
A red suede covers the majority of the sneaker’s upper, with the boldest interruption arriving at the spine. The glossy panel at the heel features an accented rope-like detail that perhaps references the ropes at old school movie theaters. Direct nods to the silver screen, however, arrives in the form of ticket stub-like tongue labels and popcorn graphic-covered sockliners. Underfoot, sole units forgo the movie theme, favoring a mix of purple, white, and semi-translucent blue.
Enjoy an extremely early look at the pair ahead, and anticipate a nike.com launch before 2023 ends.
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