Throughout his magnificent 16-years career, Nike has been there right alongside LeBron James each and every literal step of the way. Way back in 2003, the Swoosh shot an ad campaign in which the proclaimed king sat on a regal throne decked out in red velvet with golden hardware and three menacing lions perched at his feet. In celebration of that ad, Nike has fashioned a luxurious take on the LeBron 16 signature shoe, one created specifically for his opening night game and LA Lakers regular season debut against the Portland Trail Blazers. Done up in a monarchial combination of deep red, metallic gold, and cheetah print – harkening back to the jungle vibes of the ad from 16 years ago – these shoes are truly fit for the league’s top predator.
The Nike LeBron 16 King is the next iteration of the silhouette this season, and it’s inspired by the African meaning of LeBron James’ name and his first ever poster. The colorway is also a tribute to his legacy and dominance on the court. A bold red battleknit upper with highlighting leopard print detailing is seen on the heels which pays tribute to the classic Air Zoom Generation ad campaign during LeBron James’ early career. Also, the insoles feature the same image, while metallic gold accents for the Swooshes, tongue and heel tab, followed by a white rubber sole to top it all off.
The Nike LeBron 16 is a nod to the small forward position, which is part of Nike’s “1 Thru 5” Collection. It features a Red Battleknit upper with leopard print heels that pays homage to a classic Air Zoom Generation ad campaign during his early career. That same photo is used on the insoles, along with Metallic Gold accents on the Swoosh, heel tab, and tongue.
Nike LeBron 16 “King”
Color: Team Red/Metallic Gold-Multi Color
Style Code: AO2588-601
Release Date: October 18, 2018