Hypebeast interviewed the 2-time NBA Champion while he touring China and debuting the LeBron X Championship pack. One of the topics James’ next signature shoe model.
Your next signature shoe has been floating around online for a bit. Could you tell us a little bit about the shoe?
Yea, it’s the LEBRON 11 now – it’s crazy that we’re at signature number 11 now. It’s going to be the next best thing. We’re always trying to find a way to re-energize the market and re-energize sneakerheads about the shoe game. I think this one right here is going to be the biggest one.
Will the LEBRON 11 come in a low-top variant?
Yea, I always do a version of the low. I did a X low, 8 low, 4 low, so you know, we always try to do lows. It’s good for the summer times, good for people who don’t always want to rock the mids. So we keep it going.
Will we see any lifestyle-specific versions or colorways?
Yea, we hope that we can always throw something out there that people don’t really expect. Sometimes I’ll wake up and I’m like “oh man” or I see a new movie like Batman or Iron Man or new cars that I like, and Nike has done a great job of being able to translate my vision or something I like into a shoe. Like the LeBronold Palmers, that was one of those too that nobody expected and now it’s one of the hottest shoes out. We’ve also got the NSW 11 line too. I always do NSW wear as well for off-the-court stuff too.
Being that his signature kicks are already in the double digit realm, the topic of retros came up.
A lot of fans and shoe lovers are really into your early shoes. Do you think we might ever see those get retro-ed?
I don’t know. I don’t want to put that out there right now because we’ve got the LEBRON 11 coming out soon and I want the sneakerheads to worry about that one BUT that has crossed my mind a few times. I don’t know when it’s going to happen, I think at some point we may decide to do it but right now we’re focused on the11. But I ‘m still going to tell you this, I love when I see people wearing my throwback kicks. The Is, IIs, IVs, Vs, the Fruity Pebbles IVs, and the Wheat Is. I’m always thinking about it, it’s in my head.
Of course, it’s not a question of if but when James’ shoes get retroed. Right now, he’s got winning more championships to worry about.
Peep photos of LeBron James and the LeBron X Championship pack in the gallery.
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