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J.R. Smith can’t get over the price of LeBron’s new shoes (VIDEO)

Nov 6, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

We’ve covered the release of latest signature shoe from LeBron James, the LeBron X. The best player in the game deserves the highest quality footwear, but the price tag still has some unable to come to terms with the cost associated with that reality.

Add Knicks guard J.R. Smith to that list.

Smith appeared in the video above for SneakerWatch, where he’s asked for his opinion on the “Floridians” colorway of LeBron’s newest kicks.

While J.R. (along with his brother Chris) seemed to genuinely like the shoes, when the subject of price came up, it was a different story.

The fun starts around the two minute mark, and from there on J.R. simply can’t let it go.

“$270?! Hey, do what you gotta do, bro. But MAN,” he says.

Hilarious, especially the part where Chris reminds us common folk that “for y’all, it ain’t the shoes.”

[via HoopsHype]

  1. elComandanteenJefe - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    It is apparent that the ink has affected JR Smith as he does not understand the impact of inflation on consumer goods. In 1990 – 1991 when the Air Jordan V and VI hit the store shelves, their original retail price was about $125. Fast forward to today, more than 20 years later and what cost $125 in 1990 would cost about $215 in 2012. Obviously this does not take into consideration improvements in technology and quality when comparing a shoe made in 2012 to that of one made in 1990.

    • airjunior23 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Stop it fam…270 is ridiculous. I have a vast collection of shoes and i will not pay 270 for this. Lebron or nike whoever you want to blame has noticed the explosion of the shoe game and look to capitalize on the willingness to spend of even the casual consumer. Not much different than the early nineties, but 270 is off the chain for a shoe that isn’t that hot. Lebron is as popular as may get at this point…thats why his shoues cost this much.
      As for technology, this shoes will not stop you from tearing an acl, nor will it even stop a rolled ankle…and for the hot 11 dollars it took to make it 270 looks even worse.
      And overall lebron should walk into nike and say hell no! there is a such thing as responsibility man.

      • elComandanteenJefe - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Any business looks to capitalize on market growth and demand. If it were your business, you would follow suit and any retort followed with the “I would think about everyone else and their economic well-being blah blah blah…” would be hypocritical on your end. Business is business and everyone looks to capitalize on theirs. A perfect example is Jay-Z and what he has done with not only his name and brand recognition, but also with the Brooklyn Nets. Why do you think that Jay-Z had that concert in Brooklyn recently, which I attended and it was mediocre at best compared to his other performances, for the good of the people??? The concert was used to capitalize on the new Barclay’s Center and the Brooklyn Nets through him and for his personal financial gain — business.

        As to my technology and quality comments, it seems that you read too much into that, since nowhere in my original post do I state that it prevents injuries from happening. Simply pick up a shoe made today and compare it to a shoe made 20 years, especially sneakers, and note the difference in quality that has been brought because of technology.

        And for as much responsibility you feel that LeBron should have about pricing and walking in there and all that jazz, the same could have been said about Jordan back in the 90s and can be said about the ridiculous ticket prices charged by NBA teams and their owners (i.e. see Jay-Z).

    • gmen4life33 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      LOL way to only look at one angle. Yes, inflation is real. But in 1990 we were in a GREAT economic state. Everything was booming. 2012? Yes, we are in a recession. Jordan wouldnt have charged $100 in a recession for sneakers because it is just stupid and disrespectful. The sneaker prob cost less than 4 bucks to make in China. Common man…..

      • elComandanteenJefe - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        There are no other angles to look at it from. JR Smith is complaining about the price and in comparison I offered the Air Jordan perspective. You must obviously know Michael Jordan personally to vouch that he would not have charged $100 for sneakers in a recession because it would have been stupid and disrespectful, yet little did you know that these facts:

        – Early 1990’s recession lasted from July of 1990 through March of 1991 (great economic state!!! really??)
        – Air Jordan’s were priced at $125
        – Michael Jordan is stupid and disrespectful (based on your opinion)

        We are no longer in a recession; the United States that is. The recession ended in June of 2009, therefore your comment about the “economic state” in the U.S. is wrong once again.

  2. money2long - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    for teens, when a sneaker is that expensive, for that point in their life seeing as how they aren’t supporting a family, it becomes a big deal, big decision. teens will start budgeting the price they have to pay to have those shoes around lunch money, and pocket money for the rest of that month..or longer.

  3. cantonbound13 - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    No surprise. Over priced shoes from the most overrated, overpaid athlete ever.

    • bils293 - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      ? The title clearly states that those are lebrons shoes, not Carmelo’s. Try reading the title before make your comments

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        You mean Carmello, from the unbeaten NY Knicks? The same Carmello that dropped 30 on LeBron & the Heat, in a blowout victory? Just want to make sure we were talking about the same guy.

      • southbeachtalent - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        unbeaten?? hahahahah we are 5 games in buddy.

        you are straight up delusional…

      • bils293 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        how about you talk when carmelo and the knicks make it out of the first round for once. winning a meaningless game at the beginning of the season means absolutely nothing. you wanna talk about overated? carmelos overrated and everyone in the knicks organization would trade him in a heartbeat for lebron

    • joshm5683 - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      I’m not a Lebron fan, but man if you’re gonna rip on the guy, at least say something factual. I will cheer against him whenever he steps onto the court, but I fully acknowledge hes the best player in the game right now and its not even close between him and Durant/Rose/Howard.

      Overpaid? You could argue every athlete is overpaid. He’s not even on a max deal and even if he was on a max deal his value to his team and franchise would far outweigh the cost. Kobe Bryant is on a max deal and making something like 28 million this year but Jerry Buss even said if he could, he’d pay him 70 or more, thats how much these guys are valued to their franchises.

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        I’m sorry but he is not the best player today. He’s the best athlete, not the best basketball player. With the game on the line would you chose him with the last shot? Some could argue he wouldn’t even be the first option on his own team. If you needed to pick a guy to hit a jumpshot, he wouldn’t be picked over Durant, Nowitzki, or Kobe. He’s so overhyped, it’s ridiculous.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      League MVP, Finals MVP, World Champion. That Lebron…

      There’s a simple solution to this problem… Don’t buy the shoes! Problem is in the past consumers will buy them and resell (ebay, amazon) for double the retail price, and people buy them. Nike figures, hey these dummies are willing to pay almost double retail!!

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        6-9 career record in the Finals. Lost 4 straight twice in the NBA Finals. Never hit a clutch shot. That LeBron?

      • southbeachtalent - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        Ok Skip Bayless…


        How many finals appearances for Melo??? hahahahahahahahaha

        your a straight up joker..

  4. elComandanteenJefe - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM



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