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“Rest in LEGENDARY paradise!!!” – LeBron James pays tribute to late designer Virgil Abloh with a reflection

LeBron James and countless others, especially NBA players have mourned the passing of fashion icon Virgil Abloh. Four-time MVP known for being a friend of designer and creator Off-White. Some of James’ most sought-after shoes were made in collaboration with the 41-year-old who passed away from cancer.

In a throwback to happier times, LeBron James posted an Instagram photo featuring Virgil Abloh. James captioned the photo with:

“Rest in the LEGENDARY Paradise!!!”

Abloh’s death is clearly what will occupy LeBron James’s mind. Just this year, the extremely talented designer gave Los Angeles Lakers superstar with one of the most coveted sneakers on the market.

LeBron James was the recipient of a specially designed Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low sneaker. [Photo: Hypebeast]
LeBron James was the recipient of a specially designed Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low sneaker. [Photo: Hypebeast]

The Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low “Yellow” was awarded to LeBron James during this year’s All-Star game. What makes the sneakers invaluable to sneakerheads is Abloh’s personal announcement written on them. The shoe has “LE BRON” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on the sides.

Additional mouth details include VIRGIL WAS HERE on the midsole and ABLOH on the shoe tag. These are designs that have never been seen in previous shoe models designed by the main designer of Louis Vuitton.


Virgil Abloh’s Impact on the NBA, Sneakers and LeBron James

The Virgil Abloh collaboration shoes are loved by NBA players. [Photo:KLEKT Blog]
The Virgil Abloh collaboration shoes are loved by NBA players. [Photo:KLEKT Blog]

While Nike has been known for its spectacular sneakers, Virgil Abloh’s influence has certainly made the shoe more than just a sportswear. LeBron James, Jayson Tatum and Paul George are just a few who have called Abloh’s designs inspiration.

“A pioneer for our generation. I think he just created a wave of young black men, young African-Americans, and young men of color, and young women of color, to bridge the gap. Especially with something as big as Nike and the fashion world. “Paul George on Virgil Abloh https://t.co/DsHbGyP64K

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have been seen in public wearing Virgil Abloh’s design and shoe collaboration. These NBA players have made their mark in the fashion/sneaker world thanks in part to Abloh’s creative genius.

The founder of Off-White is known for creating sneakers that embody his beliefs and aspirations. Abloh’s sneaker designs tell the story of hard work, persistence and creating positive change. The NBA family and fashion world are deeply saddened by his passing.



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Aila Slisco

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