The tiny details that make the LeBron Liverpool FC trainers special

LeBron James turned a few heads when he wore a special Liverpool FC shirt to his latest Lakers game. The basketball superstar is a minority shareholder of the Merseyside club and his latest tie-in is a brand new LeBron x Liverpool FC range of clothing.

The shirt has been the hottest topic of conversation for US-based fans of the club and is now on sale on the Liverpool FC website for £60 for kids and £80 for adult versions. The shirt, featuring the club’s You’ll Never Walk Alone motto in place of a sponsor, is set to be a sell-out success.

But LeBron has not stopped there. He has also launched a pair of Liverpool FC trainers and the tiny touches on them could lead to them becoming a collector’s item for years to come.

The LFC X LeBron Nike Adults NXXT Gen Amplified Trainers are unlikely to be worn across the stands of English football anytime soon. They’re a long way from the stylish Adidas silhouettes favoured by football fans keen on 1970s and 80s terrace culture.

Instead the trainers are aimed at basketball fans on the other side of the pond and at £155 a pair they’re more likely to appeal to collectors than those who want to actually wear them.

With that in mind neat touches including a subtle Liverpool FC badge featuring the city’s iconic Liver Bird design on the tongue. The sole of the shoe is also finely detailed, featuring a traction pattern in the shape of a map of Akron where LeBron grew up. It is interspersed with YNWA to again reference the famous song used by Liverpool FC before games at Anfield.

The pattern can also be found inside the shoes, while there are tiny LFC decals on the back of the trainers.

It is not the first time LeBron has launched a Liverpool FC collection but fans of the superstar and the football club could nab a true collectable pair of trainers with the latest launch. You can buy the trainers here.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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