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First Look: Nike LeBron 20 “Violet Frost”

King James defies Father Time, one colorway at a time.


LeBron James has had the longest prime of any athlete in the NBA. Sure, he’s not the only one who played 20 seasons in the league, but he’s nonpareil when it comes to playing at that high a level for 20 years. At 38, he’s still finding himself in All-NBA teams, All-Star selections, and one of the top in MVP voting.

Only time will tell whether he’ll win another championship in the remainder of his career, but certainly, there will be more records to be broken. If the King stays healthy, he will eventually surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for another jewel on his crown—the record for most points ever scored will be his for the taking.

The XX first debuted in the recent Drew League in an all-pink colorway and another in a black-red. This third coming arrives in a muted Laker color palette of purple mesh and golden accents on the piping proximate to the laces, collar, and tongue, before dripping entirely on the layered Swooshes on the lateral.

Paisley patterns appear at the fore of the midsole with a solid blocking on the rear. Haring-esque detailing makes up the entirety of the outsole, finished off with an imprint of young LBJ’s hallmark reach-back dunk at the heel.

The “Violet Frost” was mistakenly released on Finish Line ahead of schedule but has since been taken down. For now, it’s scheduled for a 15th October drop on Nike.com and select retailers, just in time for the upcoming NBA season.

Here’s another legacy sneaker also 20 years in the making: His Airness’ Air Jordan 3 “Wizards” will finally hit the shelves 22 years after its debut.