After a series of sightings during his pre-season training, LeBron James has finally made it official: The LeBron XIII is out of the lab! Here's King James debuting his latest kicks on the cover of SLAM Magazine's November 2015 issue:
The newest addition to Nike's LeBron's signature shoe collection is rumored to be out this October, and will be first available in berry and red colorways. That means, you still have half a month to save up if you want to cop these quick.
But before you do, and while we wait before we can finally put our hands on these babies in October, we give you our initial thoughts upon seeing the LeBron XIII.
If there's one common denominator between all of LBJ's signature shoes, it's that they all look bulky. The LeBron XIII seems to be veering away from that. It features a more elongated design rather than a round-mound-of-a-shoe that we're accustomed to seeing from Bron's sneaks.
We approve of this change.
IT LOOKS TIGHT
Yes, sir! Just look how it hugs King James's feet all the way above his ankles. Beyond a purely aesthetic point of view, it gives us a feeling of security, and makes it feel like our ankles are well-protected and won't break from all the sick crossovers that we're planning to do on the court. (READ: Planning.)
IT'S THE ANTITHESIS OF THE NIKE HYPERDUNK 2015
By now, we're guessing you have already seen the sleek-looking Hyperdunk 2015. It's curvy, smooth, and simply screams elegance. The XIII is the total opposite of that. It's jagged and full of rough elements. It's brawny.
THAT BULKY SNOWFLAKE X KOBE SYSTEM EMBLEM IS STILL THERE
We're not sure when this design cue was introduced to King James' royal shoes, but it had already been present in some of his lifestyle models. It was also included on the LeBron X, XI and XII. This is just our opinion, but we think it's not doing the shoe any good. It looks like a bad-looking snowflake.
THE SOLE RESEMBLES A RUNNING SHOE
If you're a keen LBJ shoe collector, then you'll quickly notice that the sole is quite different from the others. Unlike previous designs, where the soles are rounded or flat, the XIII has a more rugged sole you normally see on running or training shoes. Is this to complement King James' faster physique? We're not sure. But we're wishing it'll add more grip on court.
IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A GUARD'S SHOE
The shoe looks more like it's built for a quick big or a natural wing player and not for those with a point guard type of game.
IT'S NOT EXACTLY A PAMORMA SHOE!
Guys, there are some shoes that are really built to be on the court. One good example is the LBJ XIII. It looks wicked on the court, but unless you're at a kicks convention, we're not fully recommending this as a daily pair.