LeBron James spotted in sneakers designed by South African artist

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For years, NBA pre-game fashion has been a talking point among fans of the game with players catwalking down the tunnels of their match venues in designer brands.

Famed for his "Tunnel Walk", LeBron James recently gave a nod to African talent when he sported a pair of Nike Air Force 1's, designed by our very own Karabo Poppy.

Poppy took to Instagram to share her excitement over James in the shoes she designed last year.

“I’m honoured that The King featured my designs along with the ‘Make America Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breona Taylor’ hat!” wrote Poppy.

The sneakers James wore are one of three designs Poppy created for the Nike by You Collection.

The colourways of Poppy’s designs was inspired by traditional African beadwork.

Poppy has also looked to the shapes and motif of beauty salon posters which has been a consistent inspiration of her work.

This is not the first time Poppy has caught the attention of major brands.  Late last year, she collaborated with beauty brand, Pond's to create a limited edition bag.