Take it back to the concrete streets with the Nike LeBron 17 ‘Graffiti’
Cast your mind back to the Fall of 2006, where a 21-year-old LeBron James was just beginning the fourth season of his NBA career and the march to his first Finals appearance with the Cavaliers.
At a King James-themed Nike pop-up in New York City, a special colorway of James’ fourth signature shoe was unveiled in black, white and red, with a Foamposite upper and adorned with graffiti reminiscent of the street art of the Big Apple.
The LeBron 4 “NYC Graffiti” was produced in such limited numbers that pairs are scarce even on the secondary market, reselling for as much as $4,400. And it’s no surprise that LeBron himself thinks fondly of them.
“I think the IVs were before their time,” James told NikeNews. “The full-length Zoom unit, the Foamposite — that silhouette was crazy. It looked so different from the earlier three shoes in the line, and wearing them right before that title run in 2007 made them that much more memorable.”
But assuming you weren’t among the lucky few to snatch up a pair, you have another chance to secure another of the Lakers superstar’s signature models that harks back to that very special run with the Nike LeBron 17 “Graffiti.”
Paying homage to the original colorway on the LeBron 4, the newest edition features a predominantly White upper that trades Foamposite for Knitposite, with University Red highlights, with Black trim acting as the backdrop for white graffiti motifs. It also throws back to the LeBron 4 with a strap around the shoe’s collar for maximum support.