Sneaker Stories: The history of LeBron's Agimat

Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 25, 2020 10:40 AM
Sneaker Stories: The history of LeBron's Agimat
The LeBron 16 low "Agimat" is the third Nike shoe to carry the Philippines-inspired colorway and is the first official collaboration with the King and Manila-based retailer, Titan. (Nike)

The Agimat colorway for LeBron James' Nike sneakers are now four models deep.

That's pretty amazing to think about, considering it's the King we're talking about here.

James himself gave a sneak preview of the latest Agimat sneaker, which now sports an all-red colorway for the LeBron 17 lows.

[Related: LOOK: LeBron James confirms new "Agimat" sneaker]

It's a stark change from the previous three models, and just in case y'all forgot about them, let's break them down once again here.


LeBron XIV Agimat (2017)

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The Agimat colorway debuted in the LeBron 14s, back when the King was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sporting the all-navy blue look with hits of metallic gold and red for branding, the original Agimat sneaker was dedicated to the Philippines and was inspired by Filipino culture and folklore. The line "Para sa Kadakilaan" also makes its first appearance in the original Agimat shoe.

The 14's tech specs included max volume Zoom Air units, a textile upper, and a midfoot strap.


LeBron Soldier 12 Agimat (2018)

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The Agimat sequel came one year later but not in a signature LeBron shoe.

The Soldier line, specifically the 12th shoe, was the chosen canvas for the new Agimat sneaker, which still retained the all-navy blue with gold hits look.

Naturally, the usual details like the line "Para sa Kadakilaan" were still present but the Soldier 12 gave the Agimat line a more premium spin with suede in the forefoot.

The Solier 12 also dithced laces, favoring a dynamic strap system as well as heel and forefoot Zoom units.


LeBron 16 low Agimat (2019)

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The LeBron 16 lows were the third model to take the Agimat colorway, returning with the all-navy blue look.

But for the third Agimat shoe, the metallic gold branding is more pronounced and th LeBron 16 low version also marked as the first Agimat shoe to be in official collaboration with Philippine sneaker retailer, Titan.

Max and Zoom Air are both used in the 16 lows, while a stretch collar and custom lacing makes for easy entry and support while wearing the shoe.


LeBron 17 low Agimat (2020?)

(Photo from Frankie Walker on Instagram, @frankiewalkersr)

As previewed by the King himself, the Agimat line gets a fourth model with the LeBron 17 lows.

Unlike the previous three however, the fourth Agimat sneaker gives up blue in favor of a bolder red colorway.


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