Someone get ready to sue Nike. Seriously. ‘Cause someone is gonna get shot or beaten over these shoes. Doesn’t it happen every time? Some kid saves all summer to buy the next pair of Jordan’s, or in this case, LeBron’s… “Early today, teenage high school student, so and so, was walking home from school, when he was jumped… The assailant was…after his LeBron James basketball sneakers.”
It is so hard to look at some of the gaudy, awful decisions Nike has made throughout the years, especially considering the birth of the brand, which was based in sheer necessity. To create a shoe that was more durable, lighter, capable of working on track or in a cross-country setting. Sorry to be one more person offering a tongue-lashing to the Swoosh, but it seems the company now actually possesses more power than the Greek goddess ever did. They pay peanuts for production, then mark the shoes up like 1000 percent.
So. This new LeBron James X. It is a footwear system that possesses software that measures various workout statistics. Including how high you jump…because you wouldn’t know that without a computer chip recording the data. I guess we’re beyond thinking to ourselves, “I jumped high enough.” Or, “I didn’t jump high enough.” And while I’m not going to purchase a pair of these to figure it, I’m sure they data can be easily manipulated. This is a far cry from necessity, Nike. A far cry.
If you can’t afford the $300-plus (though some places are going to sell the shoes for just under $300) Nike’s, there is a $180 version available without the computer crap. It’s just a $180 basketball sneaker. And if you wear them, and LeBron put on the classic Converse All-Star Chuck Taylor basketball shoes, he’s still kick the crap out of you in a game of one-on-one.
That having been said, it is a good lookin’ shoe…