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.
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 2020.
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.
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