My friend in Los Angeles has an entire room in his home dedicated to shoes, some of which he has never even put on his feet. Many of the incoming NBA rookies I interview say they have upwards of 100+ shoes in their collection and that's before even playing in an NBA game. Check out Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore's shoe collection he showed the world on HBO's Hard Knocks: click here. And then you have guys like Wilson Chandler, who have storage facilities dedicated to their collection.
The following video came out on Sept. 11th, so if you haven't seen it take a look:
That's a lot of shoes! I showed that video to my mom, who often complains about how many different pairs of shoes she sees me in, so that she could see what a real shoe collection looks like. Chandler says in the video that he's planning to sell the vast majority of his collection, but could that be to start a new one?
LeBron James released his new shoe from Nike today, the LeBron 12s.
Brett Pollakoff, of NBC Sports, put together a list of all the colorways that will be coming out and the dates they will be released:
NSRL (Turquoise) - James wasn't made in a lab, but he is made better by Nike's research, testing and analysis. The LEBRON 12 lead colorway reflects the process of turning data into design to create superior performance footwear. Launch: Oct. 1 in China; Oct. 11 globally.
Heart of a Lion (Red and white) - James has demonstrated the courageous heart of a lion while being tested both physically and mentally over his 11-year professional career. Launch: Oct. 30.
Dunk Force (Grey and green) - Inspired by the power of James's statement tomahawk dunk and equated to the speed and force of a helicopter rotor blade. Launch: Nov. 11.
Instinct (Purple and orange) - James's keen 20/20 eyesight combined with his uncommon speed and agility translates to pinpoint, instinctual decisions, much like the way a hummingbird sees and navigates. Launch: Nov. 22.
Six Meridians (Orange and volt yellow) - A key component of James's training recovery and preparation is massage therapy. The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology releases energy to different points of the body, or meridians, when massaging pressure points in the feet and hands. Launch: Nov. 29.
Trillion Dollar Man (Silver, dark teal, dark orange) - Are we looking at the athlete of the future today in LeBron James? Inspired by James's legendary work ethic and physical gifts combined with Nike's finest performance technology. Launch: Dec. 1.
Data (Black with orange swoosh) - James is arguably the most dominant player in the game today, with the statistics to support that claim. Launch: Dec. 20.
The Nuggets' Ty Lawson has been known to wear LeBrons when he plays and we could see him in the Turquoise pair during the season. How many of you sneaker-heads out there will be purchasing these shoes? What do you think of them?