LeBron James’ second signature shoe with Nike, the Zoom LeBron 2 from 2004, will be re-released for the very first time in 2022, according to sneaker industry sources. The retro LeBron 2 is slated for release in early September, according to a Nike brand document seen by Complex that details the company’s product plans for next year, but its release date could change given the number of shoes that have recently exceeded their original dates.
Neither James nor Nike have confirmed the return of the LeBron 2.
Tech-wise, the original LeBron 2 featured a removable Velcro strap at the ankle, heel, and forefoot, Zoom cushioning encased in a Pebax shell, and a midfoot Xytel shank. In addition to the mid cut, the LeBron 2 was also released as a low from 2005.
Nike has dabbled in retro LeBron footwear for the past few years, bringing back the Air Zoom Generation, its first signature shoe, for the first time in 2017 and most recently dropping retro versions of the LeBron 3, LeBron 7 and LeBron 8. .
Years ago, there were indications that Nike was planning a retro LeBron 2, but the samples floating around during this time were never more than samples. In 2014, James himself wore an updated version of the LeBron 2 covered in animal prints. In 2015, another pair surfaced in the “Dunkman” colorway.
It was assumed for years that Nike’s long-term plan with James’ line would involve retros of his older models, especially following the lifetime deal he signed with the brand in 2015. Nike deepened its partnership with James in 2021, naming a massive new building at its Oregon headquarters after him.