Updated: Jan 7
In honor of LeBron James chasing down his fourth NBA championship (his first with the LA Lakers), Nike is treating his footwear fans by snooping into the extensive vault of Player Exclusives and letting just one release one for retail.
Sixteen storied PEs of the last eighteen years have been pitted against one another in a tournament-style, single elimination bracket (a la NCAA March Madness), with the victor receiving a full run of production and eventual release likely through the SNKRS App. It appears that there is one specific colorway of almost every model of the entire legacy with the exception of the current LeBron 18, the most recent LeBron 17, the LeBron 14 (arguably the least liked of the series), and the LeBron 5. The match-ups are fairly solid, but recency bias can play a huge role in some upsets.
Back in 2014, Sneaker News celebrated the history of LeBron with our own “March Madness” bracket, although our selections were limited strictly to released product. We’re glad that Nike sees the importance of these Nike LeBron PEs because they were, at on point, the most sought after shoes on the planet.