The LeBron Series Proved that Jason Petrie is One of the Best Designers of this Generation
As popular as the first six Nike LeBron sneakers were, the shoes did not necessarily fly off the shelves. That all changed when Jason Petrie jumped on board as lead designer of LeBron’s seventh signature. With the new addition of Air Max cushioning, Petrie added a sense of style that was missing from the previous models, and allowed the shoe to transition to be a lifestyle shoe for those who do not necessarily play sports. The LeBron VII was the first in the line to be created in dozens of colors, including some that never went on sale and others that still go for twice their retail value on the resale market. Though the LeBron VII ushered Petrie into prominence, his hand in designing the Nike LeBron 9 (pictured holding “China” version above) made him an absolute star. The combination of high performance, great colorways, special editions, and heightened style made the shoe an all-time favorite, and is the gold star on Petrie’s design resume.