NIKEiD Concept // LeBron 11 'World Champion' 2012 (1)

words // Brandon Richard

After eight seasons of scrutiny from every direction, LeBron James added the missing piece to his legacy in 2012 — an NBA championship. Following a lockout-shortened regular season, the Miami Heat battled their way through the postseason, edging by the rival Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals and schooling the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder in the Finals. No longer was LeBron the 'Ringless King.'

Remembering LeBron's first ring, NIKEiD unveils a 'World Champion' colorway of the LeBron 11. The colorway is inspired by....well, who knows? Nothing about the shoe's royal base, speckled Gamma Blue Hyperposite and orange accents says Miami or championship, but it's the look they came up with. If you're a fan of the style, you can order a pair now at

NIKEiD Concept // LeBron 11 'World Champion' 2012 (2)

LeBron James Wins 2012 NBA Championship

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