With his season long #LeBronWatch campaign featuring two surprises this week, LeBron James once again continued his dominance both on the court and with his shoe game.
Nike has made more than 10 special editions of his latest signature model, the LeBron 15, highlighting everything from classic Nike brand stories, to colorways and themes from past LeBron shoes and even tributes to some of James’ favorite Swoosh sneakers from his childhood.
As the Cavaliers played host to the Washington Wizards earlier in the week, James caught everyone by surprise with a nod to his very first sneaker.
“Last night, I had no choice but to go back to where it all started for me in 2003 with the Air Zoom Generation,” James captioned on Instagram. “Felt like I was actually back in the original while on the floor. Crazy!”
While the shoe wasn’t an exact re-make by any stretch, the white upper, thick black panel and red accents throughout brought back memories of James’ debut sneaker for longtime fans of his line. Originally inspired by the infamous silver Hummer H2 he drove during his senior year of high school, the Zoom Generation featured typeface similar to the Hummer’s bold badge. The lettering resurfaced here yet again on the tongue strips of the LeBron 15.
In addition to the tribute to his first shoe, James also sported a LeBron 15 honoring Ken Griffey Jr.’s first shoe from over two decades ago. With a black upper, teal accents, similar font accents and a remixed version of Griffey’s iconic “Swingman” logo, the shoe also incorporated the large forefoot Swoosh from the first Air Max Griffey. The Kid himself, now 48, got in on the fun as well, mimicking LeBron’s pre-game picture style to snap a few photos of his own pair.
Around the league, PJ Tucker sported yet another exclusive pair of retro Jordans, this time an Air Jordan 3 made for the Marquette basketball team valued in the thousands. Trey Burke continued his resurgent play in a rare “Galaxy”-themed Nike Hyperdunk from 2011, while John Wall returned to action in a player exclusive edition of the Adidas BYW X, featuring “WALL WAY” in massive lettering along the side, and “Just a kid from Raleigh” in more subtle fashion down the heel.
Last but not least, Clippers center Montrezl Harrell has continued to have fun with his Kickstradomis-customized sneakers, donning a pair of red and blue Air Jordan 29s featuring none other than Homer Simpson in his classic “WooHoo!” pose along the side.
Check out all of the best sneakers spotted in the NBA this week, and vote for your favorite pair below.