Police said the attack occurred about 7:50 a.m. in the 400 block of Ridge St. NW, about four blocks from the Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro stop.
Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said the youth was walking when a man armed with a gun approached him and demanded his shoes. Police wrote in a report that “the crime was motivated by black Lebron James sneakers.” Nothing else was taken.
Signature apparel, including shoes and Helly Hansen jackets, have been popular targets for robberies. In many cases, the holdup men also take money and cell phones.