The base shoe for this Nike Lebron 9 is almost like a shoe that wants to have a custom look but still has to be simple black and white. The colorway was designed by Miami based artist Freegums whose black on white graphic art style was created with different symbols relevant to Lebron James. Unfortunately it was only used to cover the inside mesh lining and in a textured look on the white paneling using white on white graphics. Hmm white on white? Now THAT makes a lot of sense. To give the sneaker a little more life, customizer C4 aka Conor Burns used his signature style on the previously black midsoles. These though were a customer request by NikeTalk.com member Memphisboi55 who wanted a bit of lettering to represent himself a la the Freegums artwork for Lebron. Improved? I think so.
Too bad Lebron James did not end up on the New Jersey (or soon to be Brooklyn) Nets in last summers free agency fiasco because Nets colors go well on his kicks. Case in point these “NYC” Nike Lebron 8s by shoe customizer Conor Burns aka C4 based off a photoshopped design by a cat named Mayhem. After the photos released of the “Veteran’s Day/USA” Lebron 8 Mayhem’s mind started brewing the NYC design and he reached out to C4 to make it a 1 of 1 custom reality. As you can see in the photo below the leather panels used to be bright white but were painted a deep navy on the toes, middle and back panels to go along with the navy metallic Nike Flywire panels. A light gray paint was used on the lace panels and Swooshes. If you look close C4 gave the embossed lion on the tongues some life with yellow eyes and navy facial features. As for NYC? Take an even closer look and you can see the graffiti-esq midsoles painted with the names of New York City’s 5 Boroughs. These should make Lebron regret going to Miami. Maybe not.
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Before being painted by C4:
Photos via F5toRefresh.com