words & images // Nick DePaula
It's one thing to be Nike signature athlete LeBron James and get an endless array of player exclusives from the Nike Basketball team. But life is actually that much more awesome for King James.
He has it so good that boxes from the Basketball group, Nike Sportswear category and even surprises from the fellas in Nike Training are constantly showing up in Akron and South Beach in size 15 and 16.
When it comes to Nike Training, James has been spotted in the Free Trainer 5.0 lately, but is most often wearing his beloved Air Trainer 1.3 Max, whether it's for workouts, biking or sightseeing earlier this summer in London. A longtime lover of Air Max – his favorite runners are the original '87, the '95 and the 2011 – LeBron was recently gifted these gleaming orange and red 1.3 Maxes during the NBA Finals. Perhaps they were even made as an option for him to wear during his first-ever championship parade.
Spec'd out with a safety orange fuse and mesh upper, faded midsole and varsity-red-colored Max bag, as always, LeBron's custom Trainers also include his own “LJ” crown logo. You'll spot the icon boldly along the heel, and offset along the shoe's split tongue. Along the insoles, a play on the team's fire-scorched net logo graces the left shoe, while his actual face can be spotted on the opposite half.
Check out the size 15 player exclusive Air Trainer 1.3 Max Breathe made just for King James, and we'll keep you posted once he does decide to break them out. After all, he's probably got quite a few other boxes from each of Nike's sport branches to get through first.