The Rebel in the LBJ Collection
Lebron James steps up his game come playoff time. And this is what inspired the Lebron Soldier III.
Of all the secondary designs in the Lebron James signature collection, this model is perhaps the most popular of them all. Why not? James’ aggressive style of play on both ends of the floor has left his opponents with much awe. And every time he plays, especially during the playoffs, he brings his A-game.
With all these in mind, the designers of the Lebron Soldier III created a basketball shoe whose sole is closer to the ground, making it extremely responsive. It is also one of the lightest in the long list of designs made by Nike. This was made possible through the light mesh upper, which is incorporated in the design for breathability.
The most notable feature of this shoe is the two synthetic leather straps above the mid-foot top. This provides a lockdown fit, aside from adding a stylish look. As always, Nike has utilized their Zoom Air units for the mid-sole to enhance cushioning while the unconventional solid rubber outsole replete with flex grooves provides outstanding traction and flexibility that can keep up with the feet’s natural motion. As always, an image of a lion is embossed on the back of the tongue, yet another one of Lebron’s trademark.
Now this is what makes being a sneakerhead fun! One of the new LeBron 9’s that is going to be released has been dubbed “Scarface”. That’s right. As in Al Pacino as Scarface. How cool is that? As sneakerheads, we definitely live in the golden age of basketball kicks. Every new sneaker that is dropped seems to now have a title. Miami Night, Grinch, Dark Knight,and South Beach are all titles we have seen on Nike shoes for basketball that have dropped recently. Of course, I could keep going but the list is endless. It didn’t used to be like this people. I can still vividly remember the days of sneaker drops in black and white colorways only that certainly didn’t have a cool title. My how the times have change.
The Lebron 9 “Scarface” uses both white and black on it’s upper. An upper that for the first time on a Nike shoe, features both Flywire and Hyperfuse technologies. The forefoot portion of the shoe is white and accents the Flywire very nicely in red. The rear portion of the upper is black and uses a white Swoosh. The upper portion of the midsole is black while the lower portion uses red and contains the Nike Air unit. This color scheme reflects not only the advertising for the movie but also represents the Heat very well.
Unlike the Kobe Bryant signature sneaker line, King James and his signature sneakers are going forth and multiplying. Already we have seen several colorways of the new LeBron 9. A LeBron 9 that has yet to see a single release. In addition, to Lebron’s signature sneaker, his “Soldier”, “Ambassador” and V/2 series are all looking like they will be making appearances very soon. As you can see, Lebron’s shoe line is working very hard. King James has also worked very hard in the promotion of these shoes. He and Nike shoe designer Jason Petrie have spent a lot of time abroad promoting his new shoe. Most of his time lately has been spent in China. Let’s just hope Lebron is doing the same during this off season. He needs to finally get an NBA Finals Championship Ring. That way his new LeBron 9 can drop in a beautiful metallic gold colorway.
We can expect to see more themed colorways from the new Lebron 9. It seems as if this shoe is filling the void left empty by the Kobe VI and VII. That is a good thing. This shoe gives me a reason to cop a pair and throw a copy of the newly released Blu-ray edition of “Scarface” in my PS3. Life is good!
The First to be Battle-Ready
Want to know which shoes LeBron James was wearing during the 2007 playoffs? Here’s the answer-it’s the Zoom LeBron Soldier 1. He used the white/gold colorway during home games and the navy/white/gold for those away from the home court. In line with all Nike Zoom franchise shoes, these are as lightweight, comfortable and stylish. A single oversized strap in front which goes around the entire shoe is designed to keep the shoes strapped perfectly to the wearer. It is designed with the distinguishable Nike swoosh on it.
Like all Zoom shoes, these pair of sneakers is equipped Zoom Air unit at the bottom to help you wear the shoes comfortably. It is also about 10 ounces lighter than its predecessors, assuring you of the lightweight feel when you put on this pair. The Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 really shows how form and function can be molded in one perfect pair of shoes. It also features the usual King James lion – a design taken from LeBron James’ own lion tattoo found in his right arm. There were several colorways released exclusively to schools sponsored by LeBron James. His very own school, the Saint Vincent – Saint Mary High School in Ohio, had their school colors represented in a white/green/gold colorway. Another school, the Fairfax High School in Los Angeles has their own black/red/maize colorway to show school spirit.
Though not as popular as the later shoes in the Soldier line, this was the shoe that began it all, giving birth to a whole new line in the Nike Air Zoom franchise. With the Zoom LeBron Soldier 1, we can feel the beginning of another legend in the many sneakers created in the name of LeBron James, another shoe destined to bring all the opponents in court down.