Sorry, sneakerheads. You’re going to have to wait a little longer to get your hands on LeBron James’s latest signature shoe. Nike announced via its website that the initial launch dates of the LeBron XII—Oct. 1 in China and Oct. 11 globally—has been postponed due to a “small cosmetic issue.” A new release date has yet to be announced.
Whatever the issue with the shoe is, this has to be somewhat of a bummer for Nike. As we’ve covered on STACK, the brand has spent the past few weeks rolling out promos for the LeBron XII, including an event in Beaverton, Oregon, featuring an appearance by James himself. The timing of the pushback is somewhat unfortunate.
James was spotted wearing the “Heart of a Lion” colorway of the XII at the Cavaliers’ Media Day last week, but he has yet to wear the shoe in an actual practice, opting for older models and the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier XIII, which he wore during the Cavs intrasquad scrimmage last night.
With the issues James had with the LeBron XI, it makes sense that Nike is doing everything in its power to ensure that the XII is perfect when it’s finally released. One might worry that the delayed release date might hurt some of the hype surrounding the shoe, but that’s doubtful. It’s LeBron James we’re talking about here. It will be interesting to note which shoe he breaks out for the Cavs first pre-season game on Sunday.