When Lebron James brought a championship to Cleveland, all mention of “villain”, “Decision,” and burned jerseys were scratched out of Cleveland’s Sports History books. En route to the Cav’s first Championship, Lebron outfitted himself in various Lebron retros during practice and got the sneaker community buzzing on whether or not they would see retros hit stores. Lebron has been teasing retros of his line for a while now, and with the return of the Air Zoom Generation last year, and the Lebron 3 returning this year, we decided to count down the Top Five Nike Lebron Sneakers We Want to See Retro.
Number 5: Nike Lebron 9
The Lebron 9 has had some of the best colorway releases in the Lebron Line. “Cannon”, “Big Bang”, “China”, we could go on to make a list just off the releases of the Lebron 9. Then the Lebron 9 Low and Lebron 9 PS Elites chip in a great variation of releases like the “South Beach” “Taxis” and “Floridians”, making this one of the top releases ever. However, this isn’t about what release is better than the other, it’s about what we’d want to retro, and you can find many pairs of Lebron 9s regardless of the colorway in good condition still, meaning it would be nice to see it return, but not necessary.
Number 4: Nike Lebron 7
The Lebron 7 is one of those shoes that you either love or hate. However, with Flywire technology and full-length Air Max cushioning, the shoe is the antithesis of the bulky Lebron shoe; it actually errs to the side of the lighter Lebron shoes weight wise. The people need a more readily available release of the “China” and “Red Carpet” Colorways, and we wouldn’t complain if the “More than a Game” Colorway returned either
Number 3: Nike Lebron 8
OK. I know what I just said about the Lebron 9, and me putting the 8 two spots higher even though it’s only a year’s difference sounds hypocritical, but level with me on this. How many people own “South Beach” 8s? How about “Miami Nights”? What I’m trying to say is, and the key difference is that the PEs and limited releases of the 8 are much more scarce than the 9. Sure, I would like to see the “Lebronold Palmer” 9 hit retail or the various 9 regular colorways that were put on PE Elites like the “China 9” Elite and “Cannon 9” Elite. But if they did, and they sat next to the “Solar Red Mid” PE or even the “Miami Nights” colorway, right there is where they would sit as I pick up the 8s.
Number 2: Nike Lebron 4
All-Star. Fruity Pebbles. NYC Graffiti. HWC. Where do I stand in line? Yes, the shoe is bulky and heavy thanks to the Foamposite material, but that didn’t stop it from bringing us a nice looking silo with some great colorways behind it as well.
Number 1: Nike Lebron 3
It’s been 13 years since we saw the Lebron III release in stores. Lebron has been teasing us with various colorways as of recent, causing the rumor mills to buzz. He’s also taken the time to show off new colorways, and a new sweet low top, only making us anticipate more. Plus, the shoe is one of the more comfortable shoes in the line. Also, it predates all the tank like shoes we are used to seeing now packed with crazy technology. With the shoe returning in October, it’ll be a return well deserved.
That’s our list, do you agree? Let us know in the comment section and Stick with Solepost for more news, lists, and features.