Lebron James, the eponymous owner of a number of Nike collaborations — 17 to be exact — have had some hits and misses over the years, but the Lebron 17 always seems the most consistent.

Nostalgia seems to be the name of the game in a number of recent drops from Nike, like the homage to tie-dye in the Adapt BB 2.0 and the Air Flight 89 ‘Planet of Hoops’ dabbling with glow-in-the-dark materials. The latest of the Lakers star signature shoe, the LeBron 17, is throwing back to its own retro moment: the Air Command Force.


Some might recognize this shoe —  it was popular in the 90s and made iconic by Woody Harrelson’s character, Billy Hoyle, in the 1992 movie, White Men Can’t Jump. This isn’t the first time Lebron and Nike have pulled inspiration from the iconic ‘90s sneaker. The colourway from Harrleson’s kicks in the film saw a previous comeback a few years ago on the Nike Lebron 13.

It’s new iteration on the Lebron 17 sports a similar colour scheme as the original silhouette, with multicoloured accents on the heel, a retro etching of “LeBron” embroidered on the tongue, and a white Knitposite upper — the new technology Nike and LeBron revealed last September that combines Nike’s popular Flyknit construction with heat-molded yarns, enhancing durability, support and stretch resistance. The neon green outsole brings life to the shoe contrasting against the white.

These are being slated for April 17th with a price of $200 USD at select Nike stores and online later this year.

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