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Cop Or Drop: LeBron And Shaq Retro Releases, Plus Wade's Birthday Shoe

Fresh kicks galore!
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jan 19, 2017
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It's not a good time for sneakerheads who have emptied out their pockets before the earliest releases of 2017 hit the marekt.

Recently, major shoe brands have been very active in rolling out new products and 'retro-ing'—if that's even a word—previous designs, particularly basketball footwear.

Whether for collection or competition, you'll surely want to get your hands on these fresh kicks.

Li-Ning Wow5 'Birthday'

The Chinese brand marked the 35th birthday of its poster boy with a new colorway for the Way of Wade 5. The Roman numeral 'V' is featured on the shoe's woven upper and sole. It may not be the prettiest of the bunch, but Li-Ning has definitely treated Wade better than Pat Riley. Oops.

Release details: $160, January 21 at and Edition Boutique, Miami

Reebok Shaq Attaq 'Orlando'

The big fella's first Reebok sneaker headlines his second retro release, which comes on the 25th anniversary of the year he was drafted in the NBA. The Shaq Attaq donned the colors of his first team, the Orlando Magic, and boasted Pump technology and a Graphlite midfoot shank (pioneer of carbon fiber).

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Release details: January 20 at, Finish Line and Champs


Air Jordan XIII 'Black Cat'

The sleek colorway was Legendary Nike and Jordan Brand designer Tinker Hatfield's homage to the GOAT's childhood monicker in North Carolina. The "paw-like tooling" perfectly embodied Jordan's feline nature, while the suede, leather, and anthracite complemented the shoe's overall look—as good as a tribute shoe gets.

Release details: $190, January 20 at

Nike LeBron 14 'Black Ice'

Nike has given fans a closer look at the King's next signature model, which he has already worn on the court (versus the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day). The latest addition to the LeBron line banners Maximum volume Zoom Air units, a dual-zone composite upper, and a dynamic midfoot strap, all of which ensure optimal performance.

Release details: $175, January 28

Nike Air Zoom Generation Retro 'First Game'

Another LBJ shoe is about to drop, and it's iconic—the one that started it all. Before he even got to sign that ridiculous lifetime deal, LeBron debuted his first-ever Nike pair in 2003. 2017 is the year it will make its way back to stores, albeit limited stock. (Better than not re-releasing at all.)

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Release details: $175, January 25 at UNDFTD, Kith, Xhibition, Next, and Foot Locker's House of Hoops in New York City


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