The John Elliott x Nike LeBron James Icon QS sneaker returns in a black colorway and extends the collaborative partnership between James, Elliott and Nike from the first black and white design released in 2018. Featuring the midsole tooling of the LEBRON 8, the colorway introduces black detailing contrasted against translucent panels on the upper.
It was LeBron’s inimitable will and superhuman talent that originally led Elliott to pull references from the metaphor of a spillway, the structure that controls and forcefully disperses water from a dam. “This idea of water being released from a spillway — a force of nature — is actually really beautiful,” explained Elliott. “There are literally layers of transparency that take place down a contained, concrete area, which also speaks to my aesthetic.”
Elliott combined the tooling and full-length Nike Air of his favorite LeBron shoe, the LEBRON 8, with layers of court-inspired embroidery and translucent upper material.
Elliott added, “The Icon has become part of my uniform. It’s deeply ingrained in the brand, from the way we style our lookbooks, to how we live in Los Angeles. This version is versatile because the upper allows you to create a layered look depending on what socks you wear underneath, but the all black design is also stealthy. It’s one of those sneakers that’s like a Swiss Army Knife for your wardrobe, it works with almost anything.”
Alongside the black iteration of the ICON QS, John Elliott debuts two new sock colorways in green lime and blue lighting which were designed to be worn with the sneaker. These will be available exclusively through the John Elliott Melrose Flagship and johnelliott.com with the sneaker drops.
The sneaker will be released with an early drop on May 22nd exclusively at the John Elliott Flagship (8808 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood), followed by a drop on May 25th through johnelliott.com.