For a large part of the past two seasons, LeBron James has favored wearing his Nike Ambassador 13 sneaker over his signature models from the Nike LeBron line. While the sig line typically features bulkier, high-tops with very visible Max Air cushioning, the Ambassador 13 is a bit dialed back—it’s a low-top that plays a bit more like a guard shoe with just Zoom Air cushioning. Perhaps part of the reason James continued going to the Ambassador 13 is that it’s a shoe that better suits his game, even at age 37. There’s more evidence supporting that theory with the on-court debut of the Nike LeBron 20.
With the LeBron 20, we’re getting a shoe that inarguably looks like an offspring of the Nike Kobe 4 and 5 era fused with the Kobe 9 and 10 Elite era. It’s still built with the knit that’s become a staple in the LeBron line, the Swooshes are somewhat displaced and extend past the rear part of the shoe, and there’s no visible Max cushioning. The exact tech specs of the shoe haven’t been announced, but Complex has confirmed with sources that this is indeed James’ next signature model—not another Ambassador.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Lakers will be able to re-tool and chase another championship this season, but there’s history on the horizon for James either way. He’s just 1,325 points away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and the LeBron 20 could very well be a part of that moment.