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.
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.
The Shoes Make the Man
The newest in the Nike Air Zoom franchise, the Zoom LeBron Soldier 4 sets a new bar from all the previous shoes from this line. Named after the rising NBA star LeBron James, the latest release of his signature shoes embody all that a basketball player can be. After all, the shoes make the man – and in this case, we now it’s the truth. James himself wears these shoes to his basketball games, and we know how excellently he performs once he’s on the court.
The Zoom LeBron Soldier 4 features a single strap for more breathability, a Max Air unit in the heel plus a Zoom Air unit in front. Made of patented leather, the shoes still have the King James lion on the tongue and the LJ23 logo. There’s also the Dunkman silhouette which can be spotted on the back of the shoe. It also has a midsole stacked all the way up, reminiscent of the earlier Zoom LeBron 6. The usual colorways are also available, such as the white/navy/silver colorway, Cleveland Cavaliers’ colors, which any Cavalier fan would be excited to own. We have yet another great example of how form and function can work together to produce an amazing design. This is a shoe that not only looks well, but plays well. You would never be afraid to take this out to an intense basketball game, because this would certainly do you no disservice in your part.
Bringing style, comfort and lightness to any wearer, the Zoom LeBron Soldier 4 is a shoe to watch out for. We can predict that these will be the shoes LeBron James will be sporting once the 2010 playoffs come around.