Kylian Mbappé has joined forces with LeBron James for a co-branded Nike sneaker and boot pack celebrating both athletes elite ability in their respective crafts, ‘The Chosen 2’.
Themed on the idea of duality and parallel paths shared by two of Nike’s biggest athletes, the pack features an Mercurial Mbappé football boot and a LeBron 18 basketball sneaker that celebrates the two world-renowned champions and their respective sports.
Both homegrown heroes in their own right, with Kylian from the Bondy suburb and LeBron from Akron, the duo have never forgotten where they have come from, with the challenging places that shaped them both as a person and as players while recognising their relationship and the impact they’re making on the future generation.
The Mercurial Mbappé ‘Chosen 2’ features a KM X LBJ pattern and features a black and silver flair with an iridescent finish. A ‘Chosen One’ ambigram logo is found on the boot’s toe, with a 3D KM logo and LBJ is presented on the heel tabs of the shoes. A double swoosh sits on the forefoot and on the sock liners, where a basketball x football mashup is seen on the left and a LeBron x Kylian ambigram on the right in a boot which fuses greatness together in a forward-thinking silo.
The LeBron 18 ‘The Chosen 2’ sneaker dressed in a black Knitposite 2.0 upper sitting on a translucent sole. An iridescent heel clip houses a special black LeBron x Kylian graphic printed on a purple backdrop. The Air system on the tongue is designed with both LeBron’s and Kylian’s logos and completed with a ‘Chosen One’ ambigram logo. A double swoosh sits on the forefoot and on the sock liners with a basketball x football graphic on the left and a LeBron x Kylian ambigram on the right.
The silhouettes serve as a representation of the common ground they found to give back and help kids chase their dreams to make the world a better place. To kick off the collection, Nike has made a donation to Mbappe’s foundation IBKM (Inspired by Kylian Mbappé) and the LeBron James Family Foundation.
Speaking about ‘The Chosen 2’ pack, Kylian Mbappé said: “LeBron is a unique champion and I have the deepest respect for him on, but also off the court. He is an inspiration to me. From Akron to Paris, we are both taking action to move the lines in our society and offer a better world to the younger generation. I truly hope our common message will have a strong social impact and this is just the beginning of our stories. I want to inspire and carry this young generation, to show them everything is possible. I feel that this is our responsibility at this moment in time – to be vocal, to pave the way, to be the voice of the unheard – and perhaps even be role models they can look up to.”
LeBron James said: “No matter where I go in the world, I will always be just a kid from Akron. And I will always use my platform and do everything I can to uplift and empower the kids coming up after me. It’s about creating real, tangible change, and always leaving a place better than you found it. That’s why my Foundation continues to build and add more layers to our work that immediately address our kids’ and families’ needs. Like Kylian, I will continue to inspire people to do more and be more because the world needs all of our bests right now. We will continue doing everything we can to not just lead, but to act and empower others every step of the way.”
You can cop ‘The Chosen 2’ pack from the Nike web store on January 9th.