The backlash against expensive basketball shoes is mostly about race.
News flash: shoes are status symbols. We've built an empire on it. And it's ridiculous to shame LeBron James or Michael Jordan for their rising costs. Yes, a $300 plus price tag puts a lot of pressure on hardworking parents to lace their kids in the crispiest of high tops, but most of the backlash against the players themselves is misguided. A pair of Christian Louboutin pumps can run $3,000 and no one cares, a black athlete endorses some Nike's for a couple hundred bucks and it becomes a question of his character. FOH.