LeBron James’ Latest Sneakers Are An Ultra-Modern Twist On Nike’s First Kicks

Are you feeling these Nikes inspired by the extremely old-school Waffle Trainer?


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When the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night, LeBron James unveiled the first of his 15 new “Player’s Edition” Nikes he will wear throughout the season.

Five of these limited-edition PEs will be made available on the SNKRS app once James rocks them on the court. Fans are encouraged to follow the hashtag #LeBronWatch to see what he is wearing.

Here’s some of what to expect:

The first sneakers, a blue and yellow LeBron 15, were inspired by the classic Waffle Trainer, Nike’s first-ever shoe. They established Nike as a sneaker force with a “waffled” rubber outsole that negated a need for track spikes.

The other editions will be other classic models James claims he was inspired by as a kid in the ’90s, but done on the LeBron 15 silhouette. 

“For LeBron, those sneakers represented a piece of the athlete he could touch, even if they weren’t always accessible to him in Akron. And to this day, their memory drives him,” the press notes from Nike reads.

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The LeBron 15 was touted as the “most technically advanced shoe of LeBron James’ career” by Nike upon its release, due to the mix of Flyknit and an advanced cushioning system that combines Max Air and Zoom Air units.

So not only will the looks of these classic Nike kicks be brought up to date, they will feel more comfortable than ever. LeBron will appreciate that when he’s leading the Cavaliers to victory.

Keep checking your SNKRS app for when all these kicks will be made available. The standard LeBron 15 goes for $185.