Odd Enough Would You Spend $3,000 On LeBron’s New Shoes?

The wide-release edition kicks are all black and sort of look like if Marvin the Martian wanted to do something covert and athletic in the dead of night.

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The King’s slick sneakers may not be worth the crazy price tag.

LeBron James is coming out with his Nike LeBron 14 sneakers on January 28. The wide-release edition kicks are all black and sort of look like if Marvin the Martian wanted to do something covert and athletic in the dead of night. However, a limited edition of the shoe—LeBron 14 Out Of Nowhere—is coming with a couple extra goodies.

The Out Of Nowheres look similar to the regular 14s, only instead of a regular shoe box, the shoes come in a box built out of the Quicken Loans Arena hardcourt, where the Cleveland Cavaliers played home basketball games last year. The box has special engravings on it and even comes with a replica NBA championship ring. The catch: As of this writing, bids on the 23 boxes are sitting at a minimum price of over $2,200. So, the real question: Are the shoes worth it?

The Shoes

I think if we’re lumping anything in with a Looney Tunes aesthetic, it’s not worth $2,000. Sorry, LeBron.

The Box

This is the best-case scenario when someone sees this shoebox in your house:

Friend: “Is that shoebox made of wood?”

You: “Yes, it’s made out of the court at Quicken Loans Arena.”

Friend: [long silence]

You: “That’s where LeBron and the Cavs won the championship.”

Friend: “Oh! Yeah that’s cool man.”

Not a $2,000 conversation.

The Ring

Unequivocally, no. This is corny. The ring isn’t even made out of real gold and diamonds, which would actually make the exorbitant price tag a much better bargain. Instead, it’s made from durilium metal and cubic zircon. Like items at the pharmacy, ingredients on a Cheetos bag, and protein supplements from Eastern Europe, purchases of things you can’t pronounce is not a good idea, and not worth $2,000.

All together though?

Look, the one thing you’re going to use from this box is the shoes, and they’re just not cool enough to warrant dropping a couple Gs. For some sleeker shoe suggestions, check out the best basketball shoes for men.

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