Regarding basketball sneakers, the name LeBron James has become synonymous with innovation and style. Over the years, Nike's LeBron series has delivered time and time again, with each release evoking excitement among sneakerheads and athletes alike. Recently, the attention has been on the upcoming Nike LeBron 21, especially after the earlier glimpses of the Freshwater pair, the kids' exclusive James Theater, and the colorful Multi-Color versions. While fans eagerly anticipate the debut of the model, Li Meng of the WNBA's Washington Mystic has stirred the pot by showcasing the debut colorway of the LeBron 21.
Before the masses can get a taste of the LeBron 21, Li Meng, who has a special bond with LeBron’s Nike line since her association with Klutch Sports, teased us with images of the debut Akoya variant. This iteration is enveloped in a luxurious white nubuck, adding a touch of elegance to the basketball silhouette. Thoughtfully positioned perforations at the toe and midfoot ensure the sneaker remains breathable during high-octane games. But the bold orange details steal the spotlight, manifesting on the lace dubrae, eyelets, bungee ropes, and the iconic LeBron signature on the tongue. The midfoot proudly displays a Swoosh, delicately outlined in vibrant orange embroidery. As we move to the rear, the heel tab parades a richer shade of orange with an undulating pattern. The sneaker sits atop a light blue and white sole unit, paired with a semi-translucent rubber outsole, adding a touch of finesse to this athletic masterpiece.
The Nike LeBron 21 Akoya will release September 28, 2023 through Nike and select retailers online and in-store. Coming in men’s sizing, the retail price is set at $200. Keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app to stay updated on the latest releases, raffles, news, and more in the sneaker and streetwear domain.
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Images via Li Meng