The year is 2003. The concept of a cellular phone with a built in camera is legitimately mind blowing, a cable prank show that records people reacting to terrible situations that were, unbeknownst to them, staged for the purposes of mocking their appropriate reactions to terrible situations, is a cultural phenomenon, kind of, and most importantly, for our purposes, a highly touted, to say the least, straight from high school phenom was about to take his first step towards NBA icon status.
Before all the titles, all the decisions, before there was even a shoe bearing the Lebron name, there was the Air Zoom Generation. The first Lebron James signature shoe debuted its angular build and gleaming chrome detailing as the future icon took his first steps onto an NBA court.
Nike’s latest reissue of the Air Zoom Generation sports the forest green and gold livery of Saint Vincent-Saint Mary, the Akron high school that Lebron played for when he first became a household name. Originally developed as mock up of the Air Zoom Generation, the Fighting Irish colorway sees its first official retail release.
Maybe don’t pair it with a throwback Washington Bullets jersey.