LeBron James, like many successful basketball players, has had a long and solid relationship with Nike. The two have teamed up to create a wide range of different sneaker models over the years, most of which have been extremely successful. One model in particular, the LeBron 12’s, have spawned some of the wildest and more interesting color combinations over the years since they were introduced back in 2014.
As is the case with many popular sneakers, we’ve seen a wide variety of different colorways released periodically. So which ones were some of the best? Let’s take a look at 10 of the top LeBron 12 sneaker models.
10. The LeBron 12 EXT “King’s Cork”
The LeBron 12’s have been pretty much released in every different type of color combination imaginable. The one thing that largely remains consistent between each release is that they are usually over-the-top and borderline ostentatious. The limited edition “King’s Cork” version of the Lebron 12 EXT is a great example highlighting what the sneaker is all about. As the name implies, the sneaker is quite literally made from cork, which while not for everyone, makes it very interesting.
9. The LeBron 12 Low “SVSM”
Next up are the “SVSM” versions of the LeBron 12 Low. These sneakers were created as a tribute to LeBron’s high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary, and feature the schools primary colors for the design. Additionally Nike included bits of carbon fiber in this sneaker, which is pretty cool.
8. The LeBron 12 “Instinct”
Another great version of the LeBron 12 is easily the Instinct model, released back on November 22nd, 2014. The combination of the purples and oranges make for a great colorway that looks pretty cool. According to Nike the Instincts were inspired by LeBron’s 20/20 vision.
7. The LeBron 12 Low “LeBronold Palmer”
While not every LeBron 12 colorway works seamlessly, the LeBronold Palmer’s certainly do. Based on the LeBron 12 Low’s, the LeBronold Palmer’s were released in April of 2015, and they were one of the more popular designs at the time. Additionally we just had to include these sneakers on the list, based on the hilarious name alone.
6. The LeBron 12 “Independence Day”
Released to coincide with July 4th, the Independence Day LeBron 12’s are another hit from Nike. While many preferred the Veteran’s Day personal edition that LeBron wore, this was the next best option for those that wanted an American and more patriotic sneaker.
5. The LeBron 12 “Easter”
Nike released a line of limited edition sneakers to coincide with the Easter holiday, and they included a pair of LeBron 12’s. The Easter LeBron 12’s feature a subtle floral print matched with light blues, orange-pinks, and black. The end result is another attractive model that standouts from the rest.
4. The LeBron 12 Low “USA”
The USA versions of the LeBron 12 Low was another well-received sneaker when it was released earlier this year. The gold and white colorway is very stylish, clean, and attractive looking. It’s one of the few pairs of the LeBron 12’s that could theoretically match with many outfits. I have nothing against these sneakers, I’d just like to see you try how many outfits you can wear with the LeBronold Palmer’s, for example.
3. The LeBron 12 “All-Star”
Another great pair of the LeBron 12’s would easily be the All-Star models, that were released on February 14th of this year. As the name implies, these sneakers were created to be worn by James at the 2015 NBA All-Star game, and for that reason alone, we had to include them.
2. The LeBron 12 “Trillion Dollar Man”
One of the most popular limited edition LeBron 12’s were the Trillion Dollar Man, released on December 30th of 2014. These sneakers pretty much represent everything that the shoe stands for: an aggressive look, bold color choices, and a flashy appeal.
1. The Pigalle x NikeLab LeBron 12 Elite
When Nike teamed up with Parisian fashion label Pigalle to create a set of limited edition LeBron 12’s, sneakerheads around the world rejoiced. These are easily some of the most attractive and most popular LeBron 12’s ever released, and they are certainly deserving of the number 1 spot on our list.