Zoom LeBron 2

Being Second Doesn’t Mean Being the Runner-Up

The Zoom LeBron 2 was the second shoe to be released in the Nike Zoom franchise, during the 2004-2005 NBA Season. This was the season when LeBron James first played in the NBA All-Star Game, where he recorded sixteen points, eight rebounds and six assists. LeBron was the youngest player in the entire history of the basketball league to become part of the All-NBA team. Being such a good year for the player, it was fitting that Nike released an amazing pair of shoes to go with him in the court.

Arguably the best LeBron shoes in the series, the Zoom LeBron 2 was superior to the Zoom LeBron 1 in terms of style, looks and performance in court. First released in November of 2004, the shoes still featured the Zoom Air unit, but now it was double-stacked underneath the whole shoe. Along with a stiffer sole, it boasted more support and a sturdier grip. Design-wise, it was also very eye-catching, with the LJ23 logo and the King James lion lasered in under an ankle strap.

The ankle strap could also be removed if the wearer wanted to show of the shoe design of the lion. The said lion is inspired from James LeBron’s tattoo on his right arm, which is a tattoo of a lion with a crown.

Out of the five colorways released by Nike, only first three were mid cut, and the last two were low cut. The first low cut was released on the spring of 2005, which were a huge hit, making it a new trend for summer wear. Despite being less lightweight than its predecessor, the Zoom LeBron 2 was still considered comfortable by the wearers, in and out of the court.

Lebron James Shoes

The Key Factor in the King’s Game

Every game night, he would file up the stats in rebounds, steals, shot blocks and assists. All night he’ll dunk the ball, fire the three and shoot the fade away. This is how Lebron James plays his game. But did you ever wonder why the “King” plays this good? Part of the answer lies beneath the soles of his feet.

Since the King entered the NBA, Lebron James shoes have become a legend on its own. This is probably the only time a shoe company had invested so much in promoting the shoe and the man itself. The shoes alone has made the man somewhat in the same league as Michael Jordan – you can’t help but compare the Lebron James Shoes to that of Air Jordans. In the 80s, Nike took the young Jordan under its wings and flourished in a sport once dominated by Converse.

Now the company took another star in James. This partnership has resulted to close to 20 shoe designs with different color varieties – from the numbered series and the secondary series to the low-tops edition. It’s no surprise that the Lebron James shoes have become an instant hit the moment they were released in the market. Consumers not only buy the shoes because of the man who wears it, but also because of their distinctive designs.

More than the aesthetic value, the shoe design was made to cater to the wearer’s comfort and protection. This is one of the probable reasons why Lebron, despite being an athletic forward who plays above the rim, never had major injuries in the span of his professional career.

Lebron James VI

Comfort Over Style

For a player whose athleticism is just but one weapon in his arsenal, a comfortable yet light-weight shoe is essential. With this in mind, designers in Nike have come up with Lebron James VI.

The past Lebrons, as what they call the LBJ shoes collection, was more on the bigger and heavier side. And weekend warriors just could not bare additional weight on their feet. After all, they are not the six-foot-eight 260-pound forward who can dunk virtually from any angle of the playing court. Even Lebron James himself took notice of the fact that consumers think of buying basketball shoes more for off-court than using them in an actual basketball game. So the designers looked back on the first one, the Air Zoom Generations which has an off-court friendly design, and created Lebron James VI.

The shoe does not compromise comfort and performance, yet it has found a way to keep it as light as possible. It’s like fusing Air Zoom Generations and Lebron Air Force 1. Cushioning is one of the factors taken into consideration, with the Zoom Air taking much of the pressure off the feet. Its fit sleeve, on the other hand, makes sure that the shoe is comfortable enough to wear while not constricting your foot.

The Air Max Lebron VI is arguably the simplest and least adorned Lebron shoe since perhaps the Air Zoom Generation. But don’t get fooled by its rather simple design for it can really pack a punch when it is intended for its original purpose – as basketball shoes.