This Day In Sneaker History: LeBron James and “The Decision”

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This Day In Sneaker History: LeBron James and "The Decision"

LeBron James’ “Decision” effected a multitude of things to say the least. The Decision, along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s choices to stay and head to Miami (respectively), shifted the power of the NBA from the West to the East again. It also became a consistent hangout spot for celebrities again and caused the lashing out of many NBA Hall of Famers including Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. So, how does “The Decision”, an instance that took place exactly a year ago, play a part in our “This Day In Sneaker History” column you ask? Additionally, LeBron James’ “Decision”, along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s choices, had a great effect on Nike, Jordan Brand and the sneaker community’s infatuation with the Miami Vice themed “South Beach” color scheme. Sure, we witnessed Miami Vice themed sneakers way before “The Decision” (Nike Air Max 95 “Miami Vice”); however, this scheme was undoubtedly revitalized after LeBron James’ choice to “take his talents to South Beach”.

It seems as if the “South Beach” Nike LeBron 8 opened the floodgates, and inspired us all to believe that this was the color scheme of the season. We witnessed (or will witness) the release of a number of Nike/Jordan Brand Miami Vice themed shoes such as the Jordan Fly Wade, the Nike Air Max Lunar and the Jordan CMFT 11 Viz Air, just to name a few. Not only did the sneaker community embrace the aforementioned releases, but many began to create their own version of “South Beach” sneakers in the form of customs, NikeiD creations and Bespokes. How much of an impact did “The Decision” have on the sneaker community? Take a look at the limitless amount of “South Beach” themed sneakers that were created by Nike, Jordan Brand and various enthusiast in the sneaker community.

Nike/Jordan Brand’s “South Beach” Themes

Nike LeBron 8 "South Beach"

Nike LeBron 8 "South Beach"

Release Reminder: Nike LeBron 8 "South Beach"

Nike LeBron 8 "South Beach"

Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low "Miami Night"

Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low "Miami Night"

Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low "Miami Night"

Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low "Miami Night"

Nike Air Max Lunar Black/Chlorine Blue

Nike Air Max Lunar Black/Chlorine Blue-Pink

Jordan Fly Wade "South Beach"

Jordan Fly Wade "South Beach"

Jordan CMFT 11 Viz Air "South Beach"

Jordan CMFT 11 Viz Air "South Beach"

Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 South Beach

Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 "South Beach"

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59 Comments on "This Day In Sneaker History: LeBron James and “The Decision”"

      • Nick

        Lebron would have been the man if he went to chicago. I remember that day like yesterday i was crossing my fingers for chicago and when south beach came out of his mouth i almost cried. Think of it now d.rose and lebron. That screams championship ring.

        • R E E

          CHICAGO would have been the BEST decision. Michael Jordan shadow?? pffffft. If you think about it…he would have been playing on a FAR SUPERIOR TEAM than Michael Jordan had. James, Deng, Rose, Noah … that’s called CHAMPIONSHIPS. As soon as I heard he was going to Miami I threw my hands in the air…but, hey, IT’S MIAMI… who wouldn’t wanna be an athlete on South Beach?? You can keep that cold Chi Town wind…it’s HOT down in MIA, baby!! lol

          • Ariuno

            His best descion would have been NYC got a great PF in Amare
            Didnt have to instantly got a ring because they rebuild their team by getting CP3 now in offseason and other key players
            His best bet would have been either Chicago or NyC
            Miami is okay and lebron is starting to be the Captain of the Heat they just need a good ass center and pg

          • Anonymous

            i remember, on paper at least, i thought the Clippers where the best option at that point. they have A LOT of talented lottery picks there, not to mention playing in Hollywood, and a possible legit Lakers/Clippers rivalry. Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Deandre Jordan, Baron Davis (at the time), didn’t sound half bad to me when you add LeBron. but LeBron would be stupid to play for Donald Sterling. i really thought he would choose CHI or NYK in all honestly.

          • Sdot

            if he had went NYK dey had a deal n place 2 sign him amare & joe johson dat wud hav bn there strtn 3

      • New Skool

        yea its real easy to say that now after he lost but at the?beginning?of the season expectations were high..

    • Anonymous

      The 95’s are old bruh, those relased like 4 years ago, its showing us shoes that took the theme after Lebron 8 came out.

          • Anonymous

            yea but the East is top heavy, all their talent is on like 5 teams total. the 7th seed in the East was only at .500 on the season. while the Rockets won 43 games, who would have been the 6th seed in the East, didn’t make the playoffs in the West. by definition the West is deeper.

            not to mention the fact that the West has won 10 championships dating back to ’99 versus only 3 for the East in the same time span.

  1. Anonymous

    Those Bespokes by Koizumi are still at the top of my list, easy. I even prefer it over All Day’s, even though he did his thing as well. But the way Koizumi did it up was gorgeous imo.

  2. Jeezbeez

    Hell YEA NICCAS ? I JUST GOT MYSELF A NEW RIDE ? A NEW CAMARO.GOT
    APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE I?VE GOTTEN SHEET APPROVED, BUT
    NOW ALL MY CREDIT ISHH IS GONE. ALL OF IT.

    THESE MFS AT 877-872-9594 TOOK CARE OF ALL DAT IN 3 MONTHS FOR 45
    buccks. YOU JUST SIT AND WAIT. MY HOMIE WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE
    CLEANER THAN ME NOW, LOOKIN? TO GET A NEW CONDO!! RING EM UP!?

    • Gsuphoesdown

      You sound like a fucken clown bro, big deal, not hattin but I can tell u never had shit bro………you think u ballin a a camaro??? Haha, yeah you a fucken clown, u probably goin to try and put 28’s on it to huh and 15 fucken tv’s GTFOHWTBS nigga!

  3. New Skool

    i wish ppl would stop h8ing on the color way. No one complains about all the red, black and white color ways.

  4. MD

    like he said all his haters can go ahead and live there ordinary lives, …lmao.. He goona get 1 soon, i will always be a LBJ fan!!

  5. Boomee

    Hell YEA NICCAS ? I JUST GOT MYSELF A NEW RIDE ? A NEW??
    CAMARO.GOTAPPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE I?VE GOTTEN SHEET
    APPROVED, BUTNOW ALL MY CREDIT ISHH IS GONE. ALL OF IT.THESE MFS AT
    877-872-9594 TOOK CARE OF ALL DAT IN 3 MONTHS FOR 45buccks. YOU JUST
    SIT AND WAIT. MY HOMIE WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HECLEANER THAN ME NOW,
    LOOKIN? TO GET A NEW CONDO!! RING EM UP.

    • Weasians

      shut the fuck up with that fake bullshit bro, nobody cares about you and your toy ass camaro, we asians bro , we asians takin over bro, we dont drive camaros we drive hondas bro, lexus bro, fuck u we asians

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