Growing up, the strangest material I had on a pair of shoes was some denim on a pair of University of Kentucky Cons Blues. That being said, I never won an NBA title, so that’s probably why I never had the cork hookup that LeBron James is getting.

What you see up there is the latest iteration of the Nike LeBron X and it has a genuine cork upper that’s inspired by the champagne bottles that Chris Bosh was popping and then pouring on his own face after last season’s championship. Or maybe just champagne bottles in general, as Chris Bosh would be a strange inspiration for a LeBron James shoe, even though a tongue that darts around like Bosh’s would be a genius idea.

Either way, I think they look great. I don’t know if the cork makes them floaty or if you could use these to hold your extra oboe reeds in a pinch, but I do like the idea of honoring LeBron’s first championship by doing something that you don’t see every day. The easy way out would be making gold shoes and calling them “Larry O’Briens” or something like that. This is different and it actually looks pretty cool, so two thumbs up from me.

Plus, if push pin comes to shove, you can use these to make an inspiration board. I’m sure you’ll get that Adirondack chair someday. The shoes release in December and there are a couple more shots after the jump. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.

(via Counter Kicks)

Comments (14)

  1. those shoes look niiice

  2. That just gave me a Le#BonerUp

  3. Yeah, I don’t really like LeBron but those shoes are dope.

  4. NEED THEM, but i feel im gonna miss the release and pay twice the price…damn shoe game

  5. Those are so nice, the best looking basketball shoe i’ve seen in years

  6. I love the sarcasm from everyone. These are some of the ugliest shoes ever. Remember KD’s clown shoes? These are almost that bad, but no really cuz KD’s clown kicks were REEEAAAALY bad

  7. I actually really like these and I don’t usually like most of the shoes NBA stars put their name on. the tan/gold of the cork is really slick with the red highlights. I would have gone with a darker white for the trim, though, closer to the off-white of the sole.

  8. Yep, like them. They are nice shoes

  9. The design of the Lebron X is dope, but no way is this model practical. You wouldn’t ball in these, probably wouldn’t look dope rockin anywhere. Cool buy for a collector.

  10. hi!
    these are a nice pair of sneekers for a basketball player. they will provide a good grip and the tan/gold of the cork is really slick with the red highlights.

  11. even i have a blog on nike shoes

  12. Nike, originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), was founded by University of Oregon track athlete Philip Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman in January 1964.,“^

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  14. these shoes are really nice, i like the texture of sand most

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