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Nike LeBron Soldier 12 Debuts for Playoffs

This spring you won’t find LeBron James doing it for the ‘gram. Nope, everything he’s doing is for the ‘ship. The Nike LeBron Soldier 12 sees the King’s second signature series continuing its postseason positioning while playing to #23’s social media absence.

Debuting in the triple-black “Dark 23” colorway, it is uncertain when LeBron will lace them given the excitement surrounding his PE program — aka #LeBronWatch — that while remiss at retail is still seeing dope do-ups like his recent BB4 homage.

Still, the Soldier series has never been all about ‘Bron as the next generation has always worn and informed the line. Using feedback from amateur and professional players alike, the postseason driven Soldier 12 is all about stripped-down toughness.

“The Soldier was always meant to be stripped down in the best possible way,” Jason Petrie told Nike SNKRS. “Even early on, LeBron’s insight was that the playoffs and the regular season are different. The Soldier has always been about toughness and connecting to the playoffs, in particular.”

The result is a focused piece of footwear built around aspects of the LeBron 15 like a circular knit upper and protective heel and toe caps, bolstered by a wider range of Velcro for more malleable lockdown and uniquely shaped Zoom Air units for lightweight bounce and court feel.

Look for the Nike LeBron Soldier 12 “Dark 23” to drop on April 25 for $ 140. Peep detailed shots of the shoe and design process below.

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Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight” Odes LeBron James’ Memorable 2007 ECF Moment

Nowadays there’s a lot of chatter surrounding LeBron James as the best basketball player of all time. An argument that only ruffles feathers when Michael Jordan enters the conversation. James is an unrivaled all-time great with the championships, MVPs and stats to reinforce said claim. But back in the late 2000s he was simply great, not yet an all-time great.

It would be the moments to come that would lift James into the upper echelon of hoops hierarchy. And while countless plays and games come to mind, his performance in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals stand out among the most remarkable.

In a close game against a veteran Detroit Pistons team, James put the Cavs on his back and rattled off 25 straight points to lift his team to a thrilling 109-107 victory. LeBron finished the game just shy of a 50-piece with 48 points, shooting 11 for 13 on those final 25 points.

Nike’s “Championship Think 16” Pack honors this historic moment in Bron history with not only a special edition “25 Straight” release, but the very first retro of his Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1. The colorway closely replicates the pair James wore on that faithful day in 2007 with a few special notations to commemorate the release.

The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight” is set to drop on May 31 which, fittingly, marks the anniversary of that incredible Game 5.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 "25 Straight"
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”

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Nike LeBron Soldier 11 “Ultramarine” // Available Now

Tinker Hatfield’s Nike Air Max 180 design has gotten some burn this week when it was unveiled as the primary shoe in an upcoming COMME des GARÇONS collaboration. Now the model serves as color inspiration for this newly released Nike LeBron Soldier 11.

The Air Max 180 “Ultramarine” OG lends its vibrant theme to James’ performance hoops model on the King’s birthday. Largely produced in white, the shoe is marked by secondary Ultramarine and Solar Red accents that stay true to the aforementioned OG that is reported to return next year. The “Ultramarine” 180 last released in 2013.

Grab the Nike LeBron Soldier 11 “Ultramarine” now for $ 140 at Kicks Store.

Nike LeBron Soldier 11 SFG “Ultramarine”

Style #: 897646-101
Price: $ 140

Nike LeBron Soldier 11 "Ultramarine"
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 “Ultramarine”
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 "Ultramarine"
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 “Ultramarine”
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 "Ultramarine"
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 “Ultramarine”

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Nike LeBron Soldier 11 Grey/Mint Colorway Releasing Soon

A GS exclusive Nike LeBron Soldier 11 looks to be on the way to stores in the form of this grey and mint edition vindicated today.

This kids centric model comes styled in a muted grey upper accented by vibrant pops of mint throughout. It’s reported that this summer drop will be available on Nike.com in the days to come. Give them a look below.

Nike Lebron Soldier 11 GS

Style #: 918369-003
Price: $ 110

Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint
Nike LeBron Soldier 11 GS Grey/Mint

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LeBron James Debuts Nike Zoom Soldier 11 // Kicks On Court

words // Nick DePaula:

In a bit of a surprise, LeBron James decided to debut his newest sneaker earlier than expected, taking the floor this afternoon for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs in a new wine and yellow Nike Zoom Soldier 11.

The sixth straight Soldier model designed by Jason Petrie, the 11 is a slight progression of last year’s Soldier 10, once again featuring ergonomic support straps, a sleeved upper and going laceless. Apparently four straps is better than three, going by simple math.

Initially, James was expected to wear the LeBron 14 for at least the opening round of the playoffs, before switching to the Soldier later in the postseason, as we saw him do last year during his road to the first NBA title in Cavaliers franchise history. The shoe isn’t slated to release until later this summer in June, but we can expect to see LeBron wearing a variety of player exclusive editions from here on out throughout the Cavs’ playoff run.

What do you think of the latest LeBron model on court?

 

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Interview // Breaking Down LeBron’s Nike Zoom Soldier 10

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

Today, LeBron James is expected to debut his latest namesake sneaker during a marquee game against the Golden State Warriors. Of course, that wouldn’t be a first, as the Ohio native looked to reverse course last season after falling behind 0-2 to the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, laced strapped up his newest edition of his Soldier series and debuted them in Cleveland on a whim. They won by 30 points.

As literally every Instagram commenter loves to remind you — from there, the Warriors then blew a 3-1 lead. Throughout his four-wins-in-five-games stretch to close the series, LeBron was transcendent on both sides of the ball, all while putting up an insane Finals statline of 35.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists in those wins.

That Finals platform gave the Soldier series new life, and brought more eyes and energy to the newest model than we’d seen in years past. LeBron has worn it all throughout preseason and Cleveland’s 22-6 start, opting to unveil his newest signature sneaker later into the season.

To hear all about the tenth edition of the Soldier series — LeBron is the first player to have two sneaker series hit 10 models — Nice Kicks recently caught up with Kevin Dodson, Nike Basketball’s Senior Footwear Product Director. Read ahead as Dodson breaks down all of the details that went into designer Jason Petrie’s latest model, what it was like to “witness history” as LeBron carried his Cavs to their first ever franchise championship, and how the recent Ohio State cleated edition of the Soldier came to be.


Zoom 20.5.5

Nick DePaula: What has the Soldier line stood for over the years, and what was the initial concept around the Soldier 10 design? 

Kevin Dodson: It’s an amazing journey for the shoe and has really come full circle. It started out around this insight around the 20.5.5, which we call the Soldier 0 from time to time amongst ourselves. [laughs] It was the idea around the second season, and giving LeBron a product to wear during that time of the year that was a lighter and super-responsive version of his game shoe that he was wearing at the time. You’re in a race to win 16 games when you’re in the playoffs, so giving him something that was a faster version of his game shoe was always the insight there. It became about a sprint to 16 wins instead of a marathon.

Over time, because we introduced the Elite series and some other products during the course of that ten years, the Soldier sort of became a shoe for all of the guys around him. He had even posted on social media at the time about how, “This shoe is for all of my Soldiers to go to battle.” It became a go-to LeBron team shoe for athletes in the NBA, colleges and high schools. It was something that was a little bit more stripped down, had a lot of great lockdown, support and responsiveness. Those were always the core tenets that have carried through the years.

Especially over the last few years, we’ve gotten really keyed in on this focus around having something that could give you all of the lockdown and support that you need, but in a light and responsive package. That’s been the goal. A couple of years ago, we had been working with LeBron and talking about where we wanted to take the Soldier from here. He had been giving us some great insights, and then we were out speaking with some college players. One of the kids send, “My perfect shoe would be an Elite sock with an outsole and some straps. Nothing else.”

Jason Petrie and the team brought that back, and that’s where the north star concept of the laceless shoe came from for the Soldier 10. LeBron had talked to us about doing something really special for the tenth Soldier already. He even said to us, “I just can’t believe that I have multiple shoe series that have gone on ten year-plus runs.” He really wanted to do something special, and so we really wanted to deliver on that laceless proposition and target.

We got kind of close on the Soldier 9, and had half laces and half straps. Then, we went all out for the Soldier 10. It was a pretty awesome journey through the last few years, and we believed that there was a benefit to it. If you’re a basketball player, you’re always lacing and trying to adjust. To just jump into a shoe with a snug, sock-like fit and lock those straps in quickly was something that we wanted to be able to do.


A detailed look at several elements from past Soldier models incorporated into the 10.

NDP: Are there any elements on the Soldier 10 that draw from past Soldier models?

KD: LeBron really kept pushing us on that. The first time we presented the shoe to him, he said, “Oh my god, no shoe strings!” He started laughing and was saying, “This is what we’ve got to get to guys.” He just loved the idea. When he was challenging us to do something special for the tenth year, JP did a great job of going back through the archive. A lot of the inspiration for the strap placements came from the 20.5.5. Once we started keying in on that, J started pulling elements from each of the prior nine Soldiers and the 20.5.5 and incorporated them into the 10.

NDP: Through the outsole there’s a series of words within the texture. What are some of the key terms & phrases layered into the tooling?

KD: Around the toe, there’s a pattern in roman numerals that has each prior shoe. If you go to the bottom, there’s always a lot of storytelling from the early years, and there’s phrases that define him too, like “Heart,” “Unstoppable,” and a lot of other things that help to inspire him. Really there was ten years leading up to this, because I’d include the 20.5.5 in this too. There’s a “330” for Akron in there, and a lot of discovery elements.


Soldier 1-9

NDP: Soldier started out as a playoff shoe that LeBron wore in his very first trip to the Finals. What did it mean to the Nike Basketball team for the 10th anniversary version to be worn again on the Finals stage during LeBron’s iconic hometown Finals win?

KD: The shoe really took on a life of its own once LeBron chose to wear it in the Finals and had the performance that he did. Honestly, that was all driven by LeBron. We had a couple different product options for him, and typically this shoe comes out later in the Fall and maybe he’ll wear it during the preseason. We worked really closely with him on this design during the process, so he had been testing it for some time. They were in the course of the Finals, and things weren’t going the way that he wanted them to go. I think from his standpoint, he just wanted something that could change it up. He really liked the Soldier in practice, and really decided right before Game 3 to put ’em on and go.


Nike Zoom Soldier 1, worn in the 2007 NBA Finals

It was a bit of a controversy for us, because the shoe was all blacked out and looked like a weartest shoe, but that was the authenticity of it too. It was just an athlete, in probably one of the biggest moments of his career, who wanted to play in something a little different and needed to jumpstart things.

We met with him this summer, and he told us, “I looked down at my feet, and I just felt different. They look sleek and I felt like I had a bounce in my step when I put them on.” We were lucky we were able to adjust, and a lot of people on this team do an unbelievable job of trying to get everything ready for our athletes. I won’t lie, we had to hustle to get a couple more pairs to him to finish out the series.

It was an awesome moment. I had gotten a text before the game from Ted Kerby, who leads our LeBron Sports Marketing side, to give me a heads up. The performance spoke for itself, and game after game, he and Kyrie did amazing things. To be honest, a lot of people were unsure about a high cut with no laces, and they asked us some pretty tough questions internally. “Are you guys serious with this? Will it work?” LeBron, from the beginning, kept telling us to push, do thing different and change it up. To watch him then follow through by wearing it and performing at such a high level during the course of the Finals, was just amazing.

Being apart of the Nike Basketball family, but also just as a kid who grew up obsessing basketball, watching every Finals and watching what the players were wearing – just like you – to have a part in that now in what will probably go down as one of the greatest NBA Finals series ever, I just felt very blessed to be apart of that. I was at a bar by myself by house, and I think I’m never welcome at that bar again based on how loud I was screaming. [laughs]


LeBron in the Soldier X during Game 3.

NDP: More recently, Ohio State had their own Soldier 10 cleats – will that be a platform we see you guys look to utilize going forward?

KD: The relationship LeBron has with Ohio State is pretty deep. He’s real tight with the athletic department and specifically has a good relationship with Urban Meyer. As that game started to come up on the calendar, everyone at Nike was circling that game and thinking it could be a pretty special game.

With Michigan and Ohio State being the quality of programs that they are, we knew that could be an opportunity for us. Coach Meyer started asking us for the last couple of years, “How can we get access to some of the LeBron product?” With Michigan being a Jordan school, they’ve looked awesome on the field and have had great product. There’s obviously a rivalry there, so I think Coach Meyer was always interested in finding something special for Ohio State too.

LeBron has deep roots in football dating back to high school, and there’s always been this question around, “What could LeBron do on a football field?” We’ve also always had some chatter around here about what LeBron product could look like for the gridiron.

That conversation had been going on for awhile, and then the Nike Cleated team came to us and said, “What do you think about identifying a Basketball product to put on the field for Ohio State?” The Soldier was the one that came to all of our minds, only because we felt that the silhouette and the attributes of the product would work really well in football.

The team started working on building a sample of what that could look like, and it was a cool collaboration between the Cleated and Basketball team. When we approached LeBron with the idea to really do it, he said, “Hey, it’s about time. Lets go!” [laughs] It came to life and the Cleated team did an awesome job of developing it, testing it and getting it right for football. They showed up to Ohio State a couple weeks before the game so players could get used to them, and then they broke them out for a really big moment.

Things just lined up beautifully, and it was an epic game. Michigan looked amazing in all of their cleats and uniforms, and then Ohio State came out in the Soldier cleats. The whole Cavs team being on the sideline to cheer them on made it a pretty epic moment for that shoe.

LeBron felt pretty excited that they were wearing his shoes on the field for the first time, and going forward, that’ll definitely be an opportunity to continue to plan for that. There’s definitely some things to keep an eye out for, and if you asked LeBron where we should focus for his product product showing up in football, Ohio State is definitely near and dear to his heart.

NDP: I also loved that color toe pop you did on those, which we’ve also seen on Eric Bledsoe’s Black and Orange PEs that he’s been wearing. That accenting has worked really well.

KD: Yeah, and that’s been a real cool look for the shoe. Tim Day is our PLM who heads up the LeBron business and works really well with J [Petrie.] That was just those guys, to their credit, being so confident in the model early on. They had gotten some amazing feedback when they showed it to kids early in the process, and then they just wanted to do something that could keep the shoe new and fresh as we got into the second half of the shoe’s life span. They came up with that suede toe color block, and that’s one of my favorites as well. It’s a good learning for us that if we continue to keep things fresh and switch the style up, kids can continue to look for it.

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Nike LeBron Soldier 10 Lux “Olive Green” Landing at Retailers

Nike Basketball has been extremely active with new variations of the LeBron Soldier 10. Following a limited edition collaboration with John Elliott, and two PEs in the past month, they venture closer to the sartorial side of things with this “Olive Green” rendering under a Lux moniker.

With a reconstructed upper to showcase a slimmer build, a suede toe perfectly accents the tonal olive base which comes finished with a white midsole. Select Foot Locker locations have pairs of the Nike LeBron Soldier 10 Lux “Olive Green” available now. Take a look below.

Nike LeBron Soldier 10 Lux "Olive Green"
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 Lux “Olive Green”

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Ohio State Scored Nike LeBron Soldier X Cleats

This Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes host the University of Michigan Wolverines for a game that has major implications on the college football playoff picture. While Harbaugh’s hopefuls will be decked out in gear from Jordan Brand, Urban Meyer’s squad just got a gift from friend of the program, LeBron James.

Previewed by Sole Classics, the Nike LeBron Soldier X Cleats sport the same styling as the shoes the basketball team will lace up strap up this season, with a cleated outsole proving right for the gridiron. Check out a glimpse in the Tweet below and watch this Saturday to see them in action.

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Nike LeBron Soldier 10 “Midnight Navy” Drops Tomorrow

Last week LeBron James reached a milestone in his legendary career scoring 27,000 points. He’s done so much faster than many players who’ve reached said status, and still has a few years in his prime remaining.

Better days are also ahead for his signature Swoosh collection with the LeBron Soldier 10, at the moment, leading the charge. A new colorway of the celebrated performance shoe is set to release tomorrow with the silos newly updated suede toe.

The Nike LeBron Soldier 10 “Midnight Navy” is set to release tomorrow, November 15. This follows the collaborative John Elliott pair that drops in conjunction with the Nike SOHO opening.

Nike LeBron Soldier 10 “Midnight Navy”

Colorway: Midnight Navy/Game Royal
Style #: 844378-444
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Nike LeBron Soldier 10 "Midnight Navy"
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 “Midnight Navy”
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 "Midnight Navy"
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 “Midnight Navy”
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 "Midnight Navy"
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 “Midnight Navy”
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 "Midnight Navy"
Nike LeBron Soldier 10 “Midnight Navy”

Source: SneakerBarDetroit

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Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow” // Release Date

A soldier in her own right, former NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow was incredibly instrumental in raising awareness and leading the fight against Breast Cancer during her life. Her foundation pairs with King James’ newest shoe as the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow” drops this week. Helping the cause and good for getting buckets, look for these to drop in men’s and youth sizes on September 15th at Nike.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow”

Colorway: Pink Blast/Vivid Pink/Black
Product #: 844374-606
Release Date: September 15, 2016
Price: $ 130

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 "Kay Yow"

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow”

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 "Kay Yow"

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow”

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 "Kay Yow"

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow”

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 "Kay Yow"

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow”

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 "Kay Yow"

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Kay Yow”

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