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Lakers News: LeBron James debuts latest signature shoe

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Nike promised some special shoes for LeBron James in his first season with the Lakers. Looks like they weren’t lying.

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

UPDATE: We have a better look at the shoe all-around.

Everything about LeBron James’ first season with the Los Angeles Lakers is going to be magnified to the nth degree. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Nike would promise groundbreaking shoes for the occasion. It seems they’re delivering on the promise.

James appeared publicly and was rocking some what appear to be his latest signature shoe, the LeBron 16s. Bleacher Report Kicks (by way of Cassy Athena) grabbed a picture of LeBron wearing said shoes and my goodness they are clean.

James took to Instagram to capture the moment as well.

@kingjames on Instagram

Here’s another post, from a little later in the afternoon.

Neither image offers a particularly clean look at the shoes, but from what I can see, I’m on board. The black and this shade of purple work well together, and I especially like the effect by which the purple is presented.

The shoes also look really form-fitting and comfortable, making them more practical for everyday use than some previous LeBron shoes. In my opinion, some older iterations have been rather bulky making them a bit cumbersome for merely walking, let alone playing in. These seem to be a move in the other direction.

I also enjoy the texture of the shoe, though again, we’ll have to wait for more pictures (and obviously an up-close look would certainly help) of them to see how things really have come together.

If you were handicapping how long it would take for some of the young Lakers to chime in, let’s just say the under was probably a safe bet just about anywhere the over/under was set. Josh Hart wasted no time in asking his new teammate about the shoes.

Josh Hart, asking the hard-hitting questions you just don’t see in journalism nowadays.

As I’ve said a couple times now, it’ll be interesting to see not just other images of these shoes under this design, but the various colorways these will be available with. It’s all getting all the more real, isn’t it?