As popular as the Nike LeBron 11 basketball shoes are with consumers, James himself hasn’t been exactly thrilled by the product. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that James has only worn the LeBron 11 shoes twice this season, opting instead to wear last year’s LeBron X shoes on most nights.
James told ESPN.com that the LeBron 11 shoes are in need of an overhaul:
I just want to be able to wear them. It has been a frustrating process. But obviously, I know that Nike wants to do what’s best. They’re not going to put me out there in harm’s way. So we’re redefining the shoe to fit what’s best for my foot.
I could wear them, but they don’t feel as great as I want them to feel. So we’re redefining them, and I feel like this next round is going to be perfect.
LeBron’s hesitance when it comes to rockin’ the LeBron 11s hasn’t hindered their sales one bit. According to SportsOneSource, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal piece, units sales of the LeBron 11 shoes are up 18% compared to the sales of the LeBron X shoes at this time in the season last year.