LeBron James' shoes modeled after Hummer
By BRIAN WINDHORST
Akron Beacon Journal
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - If you've got a theme, you might as well stick with it.
LeBron James' first series of Nike shoes, which have been dubbed the Air Zoom Generation, have been modeled after, get this, his famous Hummer H2.
The design and look of the shoe were inspired by James' $100,000 vehicle, which his mother bought for him for his 18th birthday last December. The shoes, which will likely be priced in the $150 range, are scheduled to hit stores on Dec. 26.
Nike prepared several mockups of the signature shoe when the company pitched itself, with about $90 million, to James in May. The Cavaliers rookie also had a hand in its final design.
The sport-utility vehicle made national news after the Ohio High School Athletic Association investigated how it was purchased last January. This is just more proof of James' sense of humor about the whole thing. He playfully drove a remote-controlled toy version around the Rhodes Arena floor before a game last winter even as the controversy raged.
James has not worn his line of shoes in a game or at a practice yet, but their debut might coincide with Nike's television commercials featuring him that are expected to start during the regular season.
No word on whether the shoes will have multiple television screens like the real thing.