words // Zac Dubasik
When I first started to write this list, I began counting the number of colorways of Kobe 8. Then I realized that was just a waste of time, because whether it was 14 or 45, it’s excessive either way.
Earlier this week, we had a poll asking your favorite colorway so far of the LeBron 11. We are barely a quarter of the way through the season, and we’ve already seen 15 colorways which are either already out, or expected to release. (Including Elite and NSW versions, there were over 20 versions of the LeBron X)
With the launch of the KD line moved forward to summer, we saw many colorways of the 6 release before a single one that matched KD’s Thunder uniform.
Things haven’t always been this way. Back in the late ‘80s and for most of the 90's, signature shoes like the original Air Jordans were typically only seen in 3 or 4 colorways. Even the earlier LeBron and Kobe models were only available in a handful of general release colorways.
By the time the LeBron 6 and Kobe 4 came around though, in the 2008-2009 season, things were starting to blow up. A four-colorway pack of "The LeBrons"-themed 6s released prior to a single general release. And then came colorways to celebrate away cities, Ho...