LeBron James has only worn his new shoes, the LeBron 11, for two full games this season, according to the Wall Street Journal. James told ESPN that he and Nike are “redefining” the shoes.
“I just want to be able to wear them,” James told ESPN.com. “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.”
The shoes are lowcut despite James wearing higher cut shoes for the length of his career. ESPN is reporting that they are the lowest cut shoes James has worn.
Nike spokesmen have defended the shoe, saying they are the most innovative shoes Nike has created and the company looks forward to seeing LeBron back in his own shoes.
Sales are up 18 percent from James’ Nike shoe this time last year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The shoes went of sale for $200 retail in October.