Already an undeniable force on the court, LeBron James is slowly but surely making his brand known off of it by becoming the second-most recognizable shoe spokesman in the world behind Michael Jordan.
Released earlier this year, the 10th edition of James' signature shoes flew off the shelves and drew effusive praise from the "sneakerhead" community.
Nike has no plans of stopping that train as they will release the LeBron X "Pressure" edition on Nov. 2.
Set to be worn on the road by James this season, the "Pressure" design unmistakably matches the Miami Heat's uniforms. And with King James wearing them, you know that the designers took extra care designing these shoes.
How do these kicks grade out? Here's a complete breakdown of the new Nike LeBron X "Pressure" shoes.
"Wow" Factor: 9/10
For a colorway that uses a black base, there will be no mistaking what kicks you'll be wearing if you pick up a pair of these.
To be honest, the first time I took a look at the design, all I could think of is they would be a perfect complement to dark Spider-Man, had his boots ever gotten dirty in Spider-Man 3.
But then again, that's just me.
Even if the shoes do give you bad memories of the third Spider-Man movie, there's no denying that these are a beautiful pair of kicks. Both eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing, LeBron X "Pressure" does something that few shoes can do in this day and age: be flashy without gaudiness.
Oftentimes to create conversation, designers rely on mismatched colorways or even horrendously bad designs. That's not just a trend in shoes, either. Ask anyone who watched the Pittsburgh Steelers play in Week 8 what they thought of the bumblebee look.
These kicks, while flashy, scoff at the trends. Every color matches and does so in a way that looks both organic and fresh. Nothing short of a win here for Nike.
Continuing with the theme of the overall LeBron X concept, this colorway was meant to symbolize the unbelievable pressure it takes to create a diamond.
And while your tolerance of the relative corniness inspiring the design may vary, it's undeniable that these shoes are impeccably designed.
From the way the colors change on the heel, to somehow avoiding turning a mostly black base into something that isn't boring, it's just an innovative look.
All of that speaks to the attention to detail with these kicks. Obviously, when you're dropping $200 on something you put on your feet, high-end design is not just expected—it's demanded.
Luckily the designers did a marvelous job. The chrome at the front of the laces stands out the most, but it does so in a way that works in perfect accordance with the rest of the shoe.
Also, you'll have to forgive me if I fawn over the design of the Nike symbol on these.
Obviously, some disposable income is necessary to justify spending $200 on a pair of kicks.
Nonetheless, if you have that money in the bank, or are an avid collector of LeBron's line of shoes, you won't be disappointed in the Pressure edition.
Fitted with high-end design and built with basketball in mind, these are the type of kicks that can be worn anywhere on or off the court.
I'm not much for dishing out effusive praise, but these shoes and the design warrant it. Be sure to grab a pair before they all fly off the shelves.
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