Just days away from the All-Star Break in Cleveland, LeBron James has shed light on his most recent 1-of-1 PE from Nike. After all, the King has access to footwear rivaled by none, but these are have some extra special sauce that connects him to a fellow LA icon.
From afar, these may appear like a non-descript pair of all-white Air Force 1 Mids. However, there are levels to this concept as it pools in multiple points of Los Angeles influence as well as themes of chess to conjure up a “Kings Of LA” theme befitting the four-time champ and a second individual worthy of that mantle. Two King chess pieces are embroidered on the heel, while the mid-panel features a map of LA color-blocked to mimic a chessboard. On the inner sides of the ankle straps are two bold statements that read “Chess Not Checkers” and “Love Live The King”. Finally, the tongue reads the following lyrics: “Try to be the king, but the Ace is back!”
LeBron James was gifted these 1-of-1 shoes before Super Bowl LVI, and it’s our understanding that an alternate black pair of Air Force 1 Mids with the same details were created just for none other than Dr. Dre. The iconic rapper/producer/mogul intended to wear his black version of the Air Force 1 Mid “Kings Of LA” during his performance, but instead opted for a standard pair of all-black Air Force 1 Highs. Again, these Air Force 1 Mids were made exclusively for LeBron James and Dr. Dre and will not see a commercial release. We will, however, show you exclusive images of LeBron’s pair (as well as photos caught by the NBA), with an exclusive look at Dr. Dre’s pair coming soon.
In other Super Bowl footwear, check out the Air Shady Jordans worn by Eminem during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime show.