Nike LeBron LOWs

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Nike Zoom LeBron Low ST

Every summer Nike has been releasing a low-top version of LeBron James’ signature shoes. However, this year things took a turn in events because it’s almost impossible of us to expect a low-top edition of a sneaker made from foamposite material. This would effect the price, which would be ridiculously high for a summer shoe and the performance would probably suffer a lot too. That’s the reason why we got something new this year… not Zoom LeBron IV Low, but Zoom LeBron Low ST. Although the Low ST is advertised as being a good performer on and off the court, I feel that it’s simply not that good to play basketball. First of all when you look at the shoes you probably get a felling it was meant to be worn casually… that’s exactly how you are suppose to feel. The main positive thing about this Nike LeBron low-top is the weight – the shoes are very light and well vented – plus another good thing is the Zoom Air™ unit in the heel and the forefoot. For that reason when worn as an every-day shoe the STs are extremely comfortable, however, when you take them for a spin you will notice the bad things about it. The main problem is the stability or rather lack of it. The shoes got a casual, comfortable fit so you don’t get to experience that so much needed for basketball lock-down feeling. Even when I tied the laces as tight as I could I still experienced a little side-to-side movement. To sum up… the Zoom LeBron Low ST is great for casual, but was not meant to play basketball. Great comfort and style for a very reasonable price.

by Kaczala.

NikeLeBron.net breakdown

Comfort & Fit: 8
Cushioning: 8
Traction: 7
Stability: 5.5
Ankle support: 2
Weight: 9
Durability: 8.5
Ventilation: 8.5
Overall: 6.5

Nike Zoom LeBron III Low

The Nike Zoom LeBron III mid version isn’t really my favorite in the Nike LeBron signature line so I wasn’t excited at all about a low-top version. Don’t get me wrong the Mids are awesome, one of the bests in business and I’d give them 8.5/10, but they just don’t match my style of play. The cut down version is based on the same structure with only few minor adjustments to lower the total value. The main difference, apart from the obvious no ankle support, is lack of that great plush feeling experienced while wearing the mid version. Since the base of the shoes is the same it’s got the same high profile Zoom Air™ unit, but this time with no ankle protection it’s much more noticeable and gives a little bit unstable feeling. Another inherited negative is the shoes’ weight… the ZL III Low are a little bit too heavy for a low-top-possible-casual sneakers.

by Kaczala.

NikeLeBron.net breakdown

Comfort & Fit: 7
Cushioning: 8
Traction: 8
Stability: 7
Ankle support: 2
Weight: 6.5
Durability: 8
Ventilation: 7.5
Overall: 6.5

Nike Zoom LeBron II Low

Just as advertised, the Zoom LeBron II low has everything its mid-cut cousin has without the extra baggage. The mids were, in my opinion, the only release from the LeBron series not to overly disappoint, and a blueprint future Lebron releases should build upon. The Zoom Lebron II Low has the usual pluses and minuses of a low top shoe with the freedom of the ankle are and the risk of an ankle sprain, but that’s where the comparisons between the ZL II and typical lows end. The first edition of Nike’s ZoomMax cushioning proved to be ever so pleasant as the Rolls Royce Phantom of footwear cushioning, any cut, slash to the basket, jab step, was rewarded with a moment of Zoom Air goodness under both the forefoot and heel. ZoomMax is also versatile as it proved responsive enough for point guards and firm enough for even the largest of test subjects. The only downside of the ZL II was its traction, it can be addressed by constant wiping of the soles during games, but still proves to be the thorns on a rose. The Zoom LeBron II Low is the only Nike LeBron low-top sneaker that didn’t experience any value saving adjustments… it’s like they literally cut down the strap from the Mids and that’s how we got this awesome balling shoe.

by Sole-On-Ice.

NikeLeBron.net breakdown

Comfort & Fit: 10
Cushioning: 10
Traction: 8
Stability: 8
Ankle support: 3
Weight: 8.5
Durability: 8
Ventilation: 8
Overall: 8.5

Nike Air Zoom Generation Low

The stylish low top version of King James’ first signature shoes has the performance to go with its style. Just like the mid version the Nike Air Zoom Generation Low has an Air-Sole at the heel with less responsiveness, but this time a visible unit. For a shoe with hours summer basketball in mind, the Air-Sole in the heel proved to be more durable over long pickup games on the concrete especially since they are even lighter than their already lightweight big bro’. The Zoom Air pocket in the forefoot was removed, thus the cushioning in the front doesn’t provide such great responsiveness. Also gone is the sphere lining, which is replaced with a slightly thicker padded inner making the AZG Low a versatile shoe fitted for all but the biggest of players.

by Sole-On-Ice x Kaczala.

NikeLeBron.net breakdown

Comfort & Fit: 7.5
Cushioning: 5.5
Traction: 8
Stability: 7.5
Ankle support: 1.5
Weight: 10
Durability: 7.5
Ventilation: 9.5
Overall: 7


June 24 2007 03:15 pm CST