What They’re Rocking // LeBron James

After signing a four-year contract with the Lakers, LeBron James wasted no time adjusting his wardrobe palette to align with the laid-back Los Angeles conditions.

Continuing to spark inspiration for what sneakers are cool, he’s also been a relevant conversation in the style space as well, pairing fashion and footwear together to form some of the most compelling combos as far as the social media conversation goes.

What’s even more relevant though is the fact that LBJ’s style continues to evolve, proving that he’s not only king on court as well, but also king (or at least one of the top contenders) in the fashion/footwear realms by consistently showing off some of the most affluent pieces in menswear.

Cali Cool

When it comes to the subject of what’s cool in California, it’s often forgotten that the trends happening elsewhere don’t necessarily apply. Not that trends around the globe aren’t popular or prevalent, it’s just that they aren’t always practical for Southern California’s easy-going weather forecast.

Prior to any official project with the LA based John Elliott label, LeBron James had been consistently wearing the most iconic pieces from JE’s street meets luxury entity for the past few NBA seasons. And now King James is spending half the year in an environment where these wardrobe staples actually have a purpose, wearing signature offerings, like the brand’s Riders Jacket, Cast 2 denim, and vintage inspired hoodies.

LeBron adopts LA's punk rock personality with acid wash Gucci jeans, contrasting striped shirts, vibrant socks, and OFF-WHITE x Jordan 1 "Chicagos."
LeBron adopts LA’s punk rock personality with acid wash Gucci jeans, contrasting striped shirts, vibrant socks, and OFF-WHITE x Jordan 1s.
LBJ proving to all that they're in the presence of the king's court.
LBJ proving to all that they’re in the presence of the king’s court.
High-end tailoring is a move that's been appropriated by a lot of NBA players lately. And these Air Force 1s give the overall look a Sportswear edge.
High-end tailoring is a move that’s been appropriated by a lot of NBA players lately. And these Air Force 1s give the overall look a Sportswear edge.
LeBron James showing his styling super powers with the LeBron III "Superman."
LeBron James showing his styling super powers with the LeBron III “Superman.”
LeBron James looking like he's blending in with LA's iconic Fairfax scene with the CNCPTS x Nike SB Dunk Low "Green Lobster."
LeBron James looking like he’s blending in with LA’s iconic Fairfax scene with the CNCPTS x Nike SB Dunk Low “Green Lobster.”
Shearling is this winter's styling hack. Air Force 1s continue to be as well.
Shearling is this winter’s styling hack. Air Force 1s continue to be as well.
Nothing says summer all year long like pastel tones and a faded denim jacket with some radiant Air Force 1 Lows.
Nothing says summer all year long like pastel tones and a faded denim jacket with some radiant Air Force 1 Lows.
Workwear is going to be one of the top trends over the next several season. According to King James, it looks like it applies to footwear as well.
Workwear is going to be one of the top trends over the next several season. According to King James, it looks like it applies to footwear as well.
These Dunks make you want to skip school, take in the sights of Chicago, and hop onto a parade float to sing Twist and Shout.
These Dunks make you want to skip school, take in the sights of Chicago, and hop onto a parade float to sing Twist and Shout.
LBJ's use of his "De Lo Mio" Air Force 1s makes it simple to pair the shoe's shades with the rest of his wardrobe.
LBJ’s use of his “De Lo Mio” Air Force 1s makes it simple to pair the shoe’s shades with the rest of his wardrobe.
Even when his apparel gets technical, LeBron's vibrant tones on his Air Max 95s keep the appeal of the California essence.
Even when his apparel gets technical, LeBron’s vibrant tones on his Air Max 95s keep the appeal of the California essence.
The Union x Air Jordan 1s are California essentials. And so are those neutral tones that he's used to layering with them.
The Union x Air Jordan 1s are California essentials. And so are those neutral tones that he’s used to layering with them.
LeBron's gonna put the Fear of God in the opposing team before the tip-off. Then he will persist forward with the same tactic during the game with the white LeBron 16s.
LeBron’s gonna put the Fear of God in the opposing team before the tip-off. Then he will persist forward with the same tactic during the game with the white LeBron 16s.
When it becomes appropriate to wear California streetwear essentials for Halloween.
When it becomes appropriate to wear California streetwear essentials for Halloween.
Nike Air Force 1 "Hong Kongs" make it easy to create a new way to match the jeans and flannel combo. So does layering a henley underneath instead of a t-shirt.
Nike Air Force 1 “Hong Kongs” make it easy to create a new way to match the jeans and flannel combo. So does layering a henley underneath instead of a t-shirt.
LeBron James demonstrating why John Elliott remains to be one of his favorite brands.
LeBron James demonstrating why John Elliott remains to be one of his favorite brands.
Mixing up the sweats on sweats look with some tie-dye and and John Elliott Air Force 1s.
Mixing up the sweats on sweats look with some tie-dye and and John Elliott Air Force 1s.

Captain Kith

It’s no secret that the All-Star Game’s team captain is an advocate of Kith and is known for sporting the brand’s classic Williams Hoodie pre-gametime. LBJ has also sported the Captain Kith New Era cap from Ronnie Fieg’s collaboration with legendary cereal company, Cap’n Crunch a number of times to complete his notorious streetwear looks. Coincidence that the capital “C” logo also stands Β for Cleveland Cavaliers? Probably not.

King James not only consistently represents the NYC menswear brand, but makes it look like a slam dunk with the rest of his wardrobe too. So well in fact, that Ronnie Fieg and himself recently teamed up for an exclusive collection within Kith’s Fall/Winter collection, which entailed three renditions of LBJ’s signature shoes. From the brand’s cozy essentials to winter ready statement makers, there’s no doubt that LeBron James is picking out all the right Kith classics to accent his wardrobe.

Typically making his most noteworthy appearances right before game time, Bronny has a knack for layering. And with elevated basics from Kith’s fleece program, it makes it pretty easy for these pieces to standout – even if they aren’t the most “hyped” item. Lastly, with the duo’s first collaboration already in the books, LeBron has already been seen wearing the various renditions of his signature shoes from the project on numerous occasions. They’re neutral, yet unique design elements make it easy to pair with an assortment of minimalist essentials, just as the king himself does.

How do you make casual sweats look elegant? Layer them with an oversized flannel that matches their tones and pair them with the new LeBron 15s.
How do you make casual sweats look elegant? Layer them with an oversized flannel that matches their tones and pair them with the new LeBron 15s.
A luxurious approach to on-court performance and off-court elegance.
A luxurious approach to on-court performance and off-court elegance.
Long live the king. And may his style live longer.
Long live the king. And may his style live longer.
Simple essentials can always be found in the next release of the Monday Program from Kith.
Simple essentials can always be found in the next release of the Monday Program from Kith.
King of the beasts.
King of the style beasts.

LeBron Elliott

You can only imagine what streetwear designer John Elliott’s reaction was the first time he saw LeBron James wearing an assortment of his line’s product on national television right before tip-off. And now it’s almost a regular occurrence, as he is more often than not sporting JE’s Cast 2 denim, the Riders Jacket, and even the co-branded NikeLab Vandals.

Just like John Elliott’s minimalist approach to design, King James also keeps it simple when incorporating these articles into his own style, which is why he’s commonly spotted wearing the brand’s core black, white, and grey color palette.

Aside from the NikeLab Vandals, LBJ has also been pairing an assortment of Jordan 1’s, Air Force 1’s, and even a variety of some of his archived silhouettes, such as the LeBron 7’s with his John Elliott essentials.

We'd say John Elliott is probably one of LeBron James' top three favorite brands.
We’d say John Elliott is probably one of LeBron James’ top three favorite brands.
Steal Bronny's brawny style move. Tucking a neutral toned shirt into a pair of magnificently faded jeans like these John Elliott Cast 2's is a great way to upgrade a t-shirt and jeans combo.
Steal Bronny’s brawny style move. Tucking a neutral toned shirt into a pair of magnificently faded jeans like these John Elliott Cast 2’s is a great way to upgrade a t-shirt and jeans combo.
LBJ's winter status is locked in, finding subtle ways to pepper in vibrant color pops to his traditionally all black wardrobe.
LBJ’s winter status is locked in, finding subtle ways to pepper in vibrant color pops to his traditionally all black wardrobe.

Fit for a King

Wearing high-end brands like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Rick Owens, and OFF-WHITE further verifies his style is that of an actual king. Spotted wearing an assortment of wardrobe staples from these labels, including: cropped trousers, suede bomber jackets, and even acid wash denim from Gucci ensures that he always keeps the audience listening, while still keeping it simple. Even when he’s at his most casual, sporting a pair of Them Browne sweatpants (Sprite commercial) that run north of four figures would chew up the definition of laid-back, spit it out, and turn it into a luxury essential that’s fit for a king.

LeBron spotted a new way to wear his John Elliott x NikeLab Vandals by pairing them with some cropped jeans.
LeBron spotted a new way to wear his John Elliott x NikeLab Vandals by pairing them with some cropped jeans.
Cropped trousers and running sneakers are gonna be all the rage in 2018. Especially if they're OFF-WHITE.
Cropped trousers and running sneakers are gonna be all the rage in 2018. Especially if they’re OFF-WHITE.
Standout style. Is it the fedora, acid wash Gucci jeans, or the bespoke Air Max 1s that's supposed to be the statement maker?
Standout style. Is it the fedora, acid wash Gucci jeans, or the bespoke Air Max 1s that’s supposed to be the statement maker?
Even the king takes a break from his signature skinny jeans, leather jacket, and sneakers - trading them in for some cropped trousers and Clark's Wallabees.
Even the king takes a break from his signature skinny jeans, leather jacket, and sneakers – trading them in for some cropped trousers and Clark’s Wallabees.
Wondering LeBron's favorite tone is olive or OFF-WHITE?
Wondering LeBron’s favorite tone is olive or OFF-WHITE?
LBJ shows off his inner style nerd with a Billionaire Boys Club sweatshirt, Rick Owens jeans, and a pair of Oregon Jordan 4 PEs.
LBJ shows off his inner style nerd with a Billionaire Boys Club sweatshirt, Rick Owens jeans, and a pair of Oregon Jordan 4 PEs.

Signature Sneakers, Signature Style

Being signed with Nike since you were right out of high school and getting a signature shoe gives your some major credibility on the court, but having 15 signature shoe? Well, that’s something that transcends off the court and into the world of fashion. LeBron even breaks out some of his early classics now in then to pair with his everyday wardrobe, especially since we’ve already witnessed several reissues as of late and are expected to see more. Potentially questionable for how you might wear them with items in your wardrobe when just looking at a photo of the shoe by itself, but take a few pointers from Bronny’s styling and it’s a layup for upgrading your own style.

The fact the designers, such as the two above are taking action to collaborate on modern day performance basketball sneakers also enables the consumer with a visual of how they can pair them with their own wardrobe and potentially even find inspiration from the neutral offerings of inline releases – like a number of the LeBron 15s.

King of the concrete jungle. LBJ's Zoom Soldier 10 makes a smooth transition from street style to on-court domination.
King of the concrete jungle. LBJ’s Zoom Soldier 10 makes a smooth transition from street style to on-court domination.
LeBron reminds us that sneakers from the early 2000s are acceptable, but your apparel from then can stay where you left it.
LeBron reminds us that sneakers from the early 2000s are acceptable, but your apparel from then can stay where you left it.
When you have a signature shoe, you can probably just ask the Nike design team to make yours in a color that matches the rest of your wardrobe.
When you have a signature shoe, you can probably just ask the Nike design team to make yours in a color that matches the rest of your wardrobe.
If nobody notice your sneakers because they matched the rest of your outfit, it never hurts to have a more noticeable pair on deck.
If nobody notice your sneakers because they matched the rest of your outfit, it never hurts to have a more noticeable pair on deck.
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