LeBron James and Nike are heading to the vault in 2022 as the Nike LeBron 2 is set to return for the first time since 2004. One of LeBron’s most well-reviewed sneakers on court, hoopers and sneakerheads alike have been clamoring for a retro and we’re finally getting one next year.
The sneaker features a mix of leather and ballistic mesh on the upper, using a caged Max Zoom Air in the forefoot and heel. Around this time Nike was really into laser etching, and a graphic of a lion and design details were etched into the tongue ankle area with a removable leather strap for lockdown that featured a Swoosh on one strap, and NIKE on the other respectively.
LeBron wore a handful of colorways during his sophomore season, a conservative mix of GR colorways and PEs compared to today. Iconic colorways such as the Dunkman and Birthday colorways started with the Nike LeBron 2 as well as a handful of “Chamber of Fear” colorways as well.
The controversial “Chamber of Fear” campaign was ultimately banned in China due to the campaign leaning into Kung Fu movie stereotypes such as a Fu Manchu-inspired character. According to the Chinese State Administration for Radio, Film, and Television, the ad “violates regulations that mandate that all advertisements in China should uphold national dignity and interest and respect the motherland’s culture”.
The Nike LeBron 2 is set to release in Fall 2022 with colorways and MSRP that is still unknown. Check out photos from the launch colorway of the 2004 pair below as well as LeBron rocking a few colorways on court. For all the latest drop dates, head over to our Sneaker Release Dates page.
During SNKRS Live yesterday, they had on Jason Petrie, the Senior Footwear Designer and Head Designer for the Nike LeBron series, as a guest and showed off a couple of LeBron’s on the way. Petrie broke out a pair of the LeBron 2s in “Midnight Navy” which looks to be dropping sometime later this year.