LeBron James has been making headlines recently, and all for the right reasons. This time around, he has revealed the HFR X LeBron 16 which goes beyond being a stylish sneaker. It happens to be the first LeBron basketball shoe for women, and was made to celebrate women of color, especially black women. The shoes were a result of a collab between Nike and Harlem Fashion Row.
The latest LeBron shoe is one royal basketball sneaker. Its main theme is strength—while mostly white, the shoe has just the right amount of gold which not only makes the pair really stand out, but is also a bold choice that is prominent in the designers’ style codes. The values that the shoe symbolize and associate with women of color—dignity, loyalty, strength and courage—cannot be stated any more explicitly even in the absence of the text on the insole. The words are meant to remind and empower just as much as the eye-catching lion motif included on the heel. While many will solely associate this with LeBron, the lion is supposedly a symbol of a woman’s strength and their royal qualities. Signatures of the designers, all African-American women of strong character, are featured on the tongue.
Making women designers more visible
The HFR x LeBron 16 is a shoe meant to celebrate women of color. And no one would better execute such a grand idea than a woman of color—yes, this is a ladies’ sneaker that is designed and created by fellow ladies.
LeBron knew that he had found the right group to do a collab with when he coordinated with the Harlem Fashion Row. Brandice Daniel, the organization’s founder, and Harlem Fashion Row’s designers chosen to work on the project, namely Fe Noel, Kimberly Goldson, and Undra Duncan, are all women emboldened by their unique experiences and struggles in their careers. The Harlem Fashion Row is also important to the scene for promoting the career growth of its multicultural designers, and was more than the right pick to work with LeBron in creating the shoe that would be a tribute to black women everywhere.
“I believe that African-American women are some of the strongest people on earth,” LeBron was quoted as saying at the Harlem Fashion Row’s Showcase Gala. The GOAT sees the women in his life, particularly his mother, spouse and daughter, in the Harlem Fashion Row’s talents, and thought that they would provide perspective to the fashion item in ways that no other group can simply do.
The limited edition shoes were scheduled for release on September 7. The efforts have paid off immediately, as the stylish pairs sold out just minutes after it was made available for purchase.Buy It
Image credits: Nike, Harlem Fashion Row