What Size Shoe Does LeBron James Wear?

LeBron James is one of the biggest players in the league.

It makes sense that you and many people might be curious about his shoe size.

So, what is his shoe size?

LeBron James wears US Size 15 shoes. For context, the average NBA shoe size is 14.8, and the average US male shoe size is 10.5. So, his feet are significantly bigger than the average American but only slightly bigger than the average NBA player’s.

But how does his shoe size compare with other NBA players? Let’s find out.

What Size Shoe Does LeBron James Wear?

LeBron James is one of the best basketball players ever to exist.

Whether or not he’s the Greatest of All Time, you can’t deny his undeniable talent and achievements.

He can do it all – poster players, force his way to the basket, catch an oop, and even shoot from the logo.

He’s a 6’9 specimen that weighs 250 pounds which would make anyone in defense think twice about stopping him.

But since he’s a big guy, his feet must be big, too, right?

LeBron’s shoe size is US Size 15.

For context, here’s what US size 15 is in different metrics:

US Men’s: 15
US Women’s: 16.5
EU Shoe Size: 49.5
Inches: 12.5
Centimeter: 31.8

In terms of the average shoe size of American adults, around 10.5, his feet are definitely bigger.

LeBron Shoe Size vs. Other Players

LeBron towers over ordinary people easily. But even in the NBA, he’s a big person who’s taller than many players.

As such, you’d expect his shoe size to be bigger than most, right? You’re correct; the average NBA shoe size is 14.8.

According to the data, the largest player shoe size at the time was 20, and the smallest was 10.5. Take note that this average shoe size data was collected in 2013.

Today, the biggest recorded shoe size is Tacko Fall at 22.

But if you want to know who shares the same shoe size as LeBron at 15, they are:

  • Zion Williamson
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Russel Westbrook
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Markelle Fultz
  • Draymond Green
  • Kevin Garnett

Based on the list above, we can see that he mostly shares the same shoe size with big guys. I’m even surprised that Wilt, who stood at 7’1″, only had a shoe size of 15!

But what’s also surprising is that LeBron shares the same shoe size as Russel Westbrook, who’s the smallest on the list, standing at 6’3″.

Why Does LeBron Remove Shoe Insoles Before Giving Away Shoes?

Along with questions about his shoe size, many people wonder about his insoles.

You might have seen him giving away shoes to fans after games all the time. But why do he and many NBA players always remove the insoles before giving the shoes away?

Most people appreciate the kind gesture that players give their fans. But some called these players and even LeBron as “cheap” for removing their insoles.

It might be weird at a glance since the players might not openly explain why.

But the truth is most players have their custom orthotics for their shoes. These are insoles that were specifically made for them to provide benefits such as:

  • Provide support to their feet
  • Provide more balance
  • Enhanced performance

Most custom orthotics cost anywhere from $300 to $800. But knowing LeBron, who spends around $1.5 million per year on his body, his orthotics might be worth A LOT more. 

Plus, it’s not easy to make a custom orthotic for him now and then. These take a bit of time since they’re tailored for each player.

So, it makes sense that LeBron and other players would hold on to their insoles rather than give them to the fans.

What are LeBron’s Favorite Shoes?

LeBron James has been in the league for two decades now. As early as 2003, when he was just a rookie, he partnered with Nike, and they released his first signature shoe – the Nike Air Zoom Generation 1.

After 20 years in the league, he has 20 signature shoes and counting from his main signature line. They recently released the Nike LeBron 20, designed to celebrate his incredible career.

But among the many signature shoes he has released, which ones he likes most?

According to his first ever Instagram live, when asked what his favorite silhouettes are, these are the shoes he mentioned:

1. Nike Air Zoom Generation
2. Nike LeBron 7
3. Nike LeBron 15
4. Nike LeBron 8
5. Nike LeBron 4
6. Nike LeBron 2

Of course, aside from his signature shoes, he sometimes also laces up other well-known ones.

He was seen wearing Kobe’s, specifically the Nike Kobe 1, to honor the late legend Kobe Bryant during a game in 2020.

Does LeBron’s Shoes Sell Well?

Throughout the years, countless reports have stated that LeBron’s signature sneakers have consistently stayed at the top of the best-selling shoes.

His massive popularity definitely played a large part in his shoes’ success. But we also can’t deny that LeBron’s shoes are something else.

As a matter of fact, many of his fellow NBA players love wearing his shoes. Some of them are:

  • Jalen Brunson
  • P.J. Tucker
  • Kevin Durant
  • J.R. Smith
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Robert Williams III
  • P.J. Washington
  • And more!

It’s safe to say that his shoes are a part of the league now as much as he is.

But before, he used to joke about playing extra hard against players who wore his signature shoes. But now, he sends them love as he’s matured as a player.

He even reacted to Desmond Bane wearing his Nike LeBron 20, saying he respects Bane. He also said that he’s got to send him more (LeBron shoes) now.

Final Thoughts

LeBron James is one of the league’s biggest and most dominant players. It makes sense that his shoe size is 15.

But his feet aren’t much bigger across the league than the average player. Well, even LeBron’s would look small when you’re playing against seven footers.   

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