Citing a report by The Wall Street Journal that Miami Heat star LeBron James has only worn his new shoes, the LeBron 11, for two complete games this season, ESPN is now reporting that sources close to the reigning MVP confirm he “has had an issue with the fit of the shoe and as a result has been mostly wearing last year’s model.” Prior to last night’s game versus the Bulls, James commented on the situation.
“I just want to be able to wear them. It has been a frustrating process. But obviously, I know that Nike wants to do what’s best. They’re not going to put me out there in harm’s way. So we’re redefining the shoe to fit what’s best for my foot. I could wear them, but they don’t feel as great as I want them to feel. So we’re redefining them, and I feel like this next round is going to be perfect.”
In response, Nike spokesman Brian Strong said, “The LeBron 11 is one of the most innovative Nike basketball shoes to date, and we look forward to LeBron stepping back on the court in his latest signature shoe soon.”
While there has been little on court visibility for the LeBron 11, The Wall Street Journal asserts that the shoe is up 18 percent compared to sales of James’s Nike shoe at this point last season.
With that being said, if James is unhappy with the sneaker, should those who purchased the $200 dollar sneakers get a new pair of the “redefined” versions?