Lonzo Ball’s inaugural shoe was unveiled on Thursday and it’s whopping $495 price tag launched the internet into a frenzy.
You could buy a slightly sketchy used car or a plane ticket to Europe from Kayak.com for that much money. But how does it stack up with other players’ first shoes?
Michael Jordan, who was drafted third in 1984 and went on to become one of the best basketball players of all time and the face Jordan brand, charged customers $64.99 for his first shoe. Figuring in today’s inflation, that would be $146.33 – less than a third of what the Z02 costs.
Shaquille O’Neal, who roasted the Big Baller Brand shoe on Twitter, charged $130 for his first shoe with Reebok in 1993. It would cost about $218.43 today.
Allen Iverson’s Reebok Question was $99.99 in 1996 ($154.48 today), Stephon Marbury’s “Starbury” shoe cost customers just 15 bucks in 2006 (it would be around $18 today). In 1997, Kobe Bryant’s first Adidas shoe cost $100 or $151.24 in 2017 dollars.
Stars that are in the league today didn’t have a first shoe that cost even close to what Ball’s shoe costs. LeBron James, who was a No. 1 pick out of high school, charged just $110 for his first Nike shoe in 2003. It would cost about $144.81 today. Kevin Durant’s KD1 debuted in 2008 for $88, which would be $98.06 in 2017.
The list goes on and on. Ball, who hasn’t even been drafted yet, costs the most by far.
But no worries if you can’t afford the shoe, the sandal only costs $220.