Complete Visual History of the Nike LeBron James Shoe Line

Complete Visual History of the Nike LeBron James Shoe Line

The Nike LeBron James shoe line holds a strong place with collectors, but that was not always the case. When Nike took a $90 million-dollar chance on an 18-year-old kid, fresh out of high school, people questioned the decision. No, not that decision. Was Nike so desperate to find a replacement for Michael Jordan that they would throw millions at anyone? Didn't they learn their lesson from all the other "next" Michael Jordans?

Well, even as a teenager, LeBron James was not just anyone, and the lucrative endorsement deal made him a multi-millionaire before he was even drafted. This oft-criticized contract looks downright reasonable many years later and he has since signed a "lifetime" deal with Nike that is believed to be worth more than one billion dollars.

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Although he has not replaced Michael Jordan, LeBron James is as close as anyone has ever been. To be clear, Michael Jordan (and the MJ sneaker line) will never be replaced, but at his current pace, James may one day stand alongside him.

The following list details each of the yearly signature LeBron James shoe offerings from Nike. The chronological listing includes an image from every edition from 2003 to 2018.

It is important to note that only one main release is covered for each season. The list does not include the many colorways, Soldier and Ambassador variations, lifestyle editions or low-top LeBron James shoe versions that have been released.

Nike LeBron James Sneaker Visual Guide

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Air Zoom Generation: 2003-04

Nike LeBron Air Zoom Generation 1 I LeBron James Shoe

Zoom LeBron II: 2004-05

Zoom LeBron III: 2005-06

Nike Zoom LeBron III 3 LeBron James Shoe

Zoom LeBron IV: 2006-07

Nike Zoom LeBron IV 4 LeBron James Shoe

Zoom LeBron V: 2007-08

Nike Zoom LeBron V 5 LeBron James Shoe

Air Max LeBron VI: 2008-09

Nike Zoom LeBron VI 6 LeBron James Shoe

Air Max LeBron VII: 2009-10

Nike Air Max LeBron VII 7 LeBron James Shoe

Air Max LeBron 8: 2010-11

Nike Air Max LeBron 8 VIII LeBron James Shoe

LeBron 9: 2011-12

Nike LeBron 9 IX LeBron James Shoe

LeBron X: 2012-13

Nike LeBron X 10 LeBron James Shoe

LeBron 11: 2013-14

LeBron 12: 2014-15

Nike LeBron 12 NSRL side

LeBron 13: 2015-16

Nike LeBron 13 shoe

LeBron 14: 2016-17


Nike LeBron 15: 2017-18

Nike LeBron 16: 2018-19

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User Comments

  1. is the best sneakers so far but the lebron should be for both indoor &a outdoor court

  2. James is super exllent and wan be more like him one day I wish I could wear one of his shoes from him. Am zimbabwean lol but wsh I can hv one of hi that’s all

  3. Please retro the Lebron 1 and 4 in OG colorways or mostly white colorways none of that bright colors, what the pink CW. Come on Nike.

  4. Lebons shoes represent pure hype over style. Jordans are insanely expensive but they are stylish. Brons are puke colored and usually have nothing alluring to the eye. And they are more expensive than Jordans. They are clunky and loud. And wtf is up with the Miami Hurricanes colorway? Lebron is an all time great, but his shoes mirror his career. More hype than substance. 2 finals wins in 6 appearance and he is supposedly the greatest of all time. Please folks. This man has come up small in some really big moments and these shoe designs just try way too hard to be fresh and new. Give me old school Jordans any day. He didn’t have to lie to kick it. He really was the baddest man on the planet. His shoe designs were slick and sleek like him and his game. Brons are clunky and ugly year in year out. The puke colors don’t help at all. Sorry Bron. That’s why Air Jordan retros still fly off the shelves no matter how old they are. They are not UGLY.

  5. ^ so are we talking about shoes here or nah ?

  6. g-funk220 – You talk trash about Lebron’s shoes and say how much better Jordan’s are, you’re forgetting that the guy behind the first 12 or so Jordans is also the guy who designs Lebrons shoes (Tinker Hatfield) Also there’s a reason no one actually plays in retro Jordans anymore and why most of if not all of the shoes worn by players in the nba are similar in style to Lebrons (more form fitting and using more synthetic/composite materials as apposed to leather) is because the first Jordan shoe came out 30 years ago, a lot has changed in the basketball shoe game since then

  7. I had the Zoom Lebron IV’s way back when and really liked them at the time. Now that I look back at the this list of shoes, none of the shoes are very pleasing to the eye before the Lebron X’s to me. The different colorways for them are dope too

  8. the shoes hear are awsome

  9. Where are the original originals? You know, the Lebron lows I (as in “one”). That was my favorite shoe of all time in black. I would give anything to find a pair.

  10. Got to say the designs got more outlandish and uglier as time went on. Maybe I am just too old as these look like shoes teenagers would wear.

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