LeBron James’ second signature shoe with Nike, the Zoom LeBron 2 from 2004, will re-release for the primary time ever in 2022, in accordance with sneaker business sources. The LeBron 2 retro is slated to launch early subsequent September, per a Nike model doc seen by Advanced that particulars the corporate’s product plans for subsequent yr, however its launch date might change given what number of footwear have not too long ago moved off their authentic dates.
Neither James nor Nike have confirmed the return of the LeBron 2.
On the tech facet, the unique LeBron 2 featured a detachable velcro strap on the ankle, heel and forefoot Zoom cushioning enclosed in a Pebax shell, and a Xytel midfoot shank. Along with the mid minimize, the LeBron 2 was additionally launched as a low starting in 2005.
Nike has dabbled in retro LeBron footwear over the previous few years, bringing again the Air Zoom Technology, his first signature shoe, for the primary time in 2017 and extra not too long ago dropping retro variations of the LeBron 3, LeBron 7, and LeBron 8.
There have been indications years in the past that Nike was planning a LeBron 2 retro, however the samples floating round in that interval by no means amounted to greater than samples. In 2014, James himself wore an up to date model of the LeBron 2 covered in animal prints. In 2015, another pair surfaced in the “Dunkman” colorway.
It’s been presumed for years that Nike’s long-term plan with James’ line would contain retros of his older fashions, particularly within the wake of the lifetime deal he signed with the model in 2015. Nike deepened its partnership with James in 2021, naming a massive new building at its Oregon headquarters after him.