LeBron James' Game-Worn HS Sneakers Gifted by Kobe Bryant Up for AuctionFebruary 11, 2021
A rare pair of Adidas sneakers Kobe Bryant gave a then-high school star named LeBron James in 2002 are going up for sale via Heritage Auctions.
According to James, Bryant was one size smaller than him, but that didn't stop him from wearing them the following night in a showdown against Oak Hill Academy and Carmelo Anthony. James scored 36 points in a loss while donning the red-white-and-blue sneakers.
"I think my most fond moment is he gave me his shoes when I was in high school," James told Dave McMenamin in 2016. "I think I was playing in a tournament in Teaneck, New Jersey, and they were playing in the  All-Star game in Philly. And I had an opportunity to go meet him, and he gave me a pair of his shoes, and I actually wore them in a game against Oak Hill, against Melo [Carmelo Anthony], actually. So, six degrees of separation right there."
Per Heritage Auctions:
"The patriotic colorway displays the Stars & Stripes on the uppers, rubberized toe boxes, three-stripe motif on the midsoles/outer soles, Adidas on the inner tongues, and the Mamba silhouette on the insoles. The design was created to commemorate the loss of life in the recent 9/11 terror attacks. The custom shoes bear no interior tagging but exhibit fine game wear.
"Our consignor purchased these, and several other LeBron James items in this auction, from an estate sale in Akron, Ohio. Letter of provenance from consignor. LOA from Heritage Auctions."
Bidding opened at $15,000 and will run through Feb. 27.