words & images // Nick DePaula:
Long before Drake and Future teamed up for a (disappointing) joint album, both Kanye West and Jay Z joined forces on the much-loved Watch The Throne and its subsequent 63-show tour during the fall of 2011 and into 2012.
It was during that time that Kanye began wearing the Air Yeezy 2 regularly before its June 2012 launch, but Nike also gifted both Ye and Jay with a custom sneaker to celebrate their tour — the clean black and gold “Watch The Throne” LeBron 9.
With a black mesh and faux carbon weave upper, the shoe was set off by hits of metallic gold along the Swoosh and also featured a very timely Givenchy-inspired printed sockliner and laces.
Take a detailed look at the very rare “Watch The Throne” LeBron 9s below, in our newest edition of Top Shelf.