The days of traditional colorways, and one home and one away sneaker release, are long gone. It’s 2014 and star athletes like Chris Paul are using their shoes as a canvas to convey personal messages. The sneaker culture is popping off like it never has before. Collectors don’t want to see the same colors and the same shoes over and over again. They want creativity. They want something different. They want the stories behind the shoes to match their passion for the game itself.
All of that is part of the reason why LeBron James and his Nike LeBron 12 signature sneaker line is so popular. When Nike officially unveiled the shoe earlier this year, they didn’t stop at just the “NSRL” edition (the leading colorway). They previewed the first seven (!) scheduled to drop in 2014. That’s big, and during the launch delay when the shoes were pushed back for a “cosmetic” reason, having the knowledge of what would eventually come out kept everyone in check. Yet now the time has come. I can’t be the only one super excited.
James has had an up and down start to the season so far. In his first game back in Cleveland, the jitters were obvious. The Cavs lost. And LeBron had one of the worst games he’s ever had in Cleveland. But he’s the King for a reason and Cleveland bounced back with a monster win over rival Chicago the very next night, with their leader going for 36 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. So far, he’s already debuted the “Heart of a Lion” colorway on the court and waiting to see what he wears next brings with it its own sort of game.
This Saturday at Champs Sports, the wait for another colorway will be over. With the “Instinct” edition releasing, make sure you’re ready to cop. This’ll be one of those releases that’ll have you slapping yourself down the line if you don’t pick it up.
In the wake of our rankings of Kevin Durant‘s Nike KD7 colorway lineup for 2014, today we’re Ranking LeBron James’ Nike LeBron 12 Sneaker Colorways.
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