Admittedly, my game is horrible. Actually, it’s more like nonexistent. (That’s what you get for not playing seriously since high school.) Despite my abysmal basketball skills, I did feel like I could run a few games in James’ new signature sneaker comfortably.
During a visit to Los Angeles this weekend, Nike gave me the opportunity to play Saturday morning in the soon-to-be-released sneaker at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center. The upper on the latest addition to the LeBron franchise is designed with a new Flyknit Battle construction, which is paired with Max Air and Zoom Air cushioning units.
The combination of the technologies provided an experience unlike any other basketball shoe that I’ve played in.
The cushioning was stellar as well. Typically after hitting the court in any basketball sneaker, regardless of brand, my feet are a bit sore. The style of shoe has never agreed with my feet. But that wasn’t the case with the LeBron 15. Even after running the length of a full court several times, and jumping and landing, my feet felt great.
Also worth noting is the ease of putting on and taking off the shoes. A criticism I had of the last sneaker in the franchise, the LeBron 14, was how difficult it was to get my foot into. The collar wasn’t forgiving, and it took a great deal of force to get my foot inside the shoe. (I’m an 11.5, and getting a 13 on was tough.) But this is not the case with the new model.
It’s also worth noting the lifestyle appeal of the shoe. Basketball kicks aren’t the fashion staple they were a couple years ago, but the LeBron 15 is an atypical look for the sport and should appeal to the sneaker fan who buys for fashion instead of function. The minimal branding and bold look to the upper should make this sneaker attractive to multiple audiences.