Words & Images by Juan Carrillo 

The Nike LeBron 15 won’t be making its debut until the latter part of this month, but thanks to the good folks over at Nike we were able to secure a pair a few weeks early in advance (insert praying emoji hands here).

LeBron’s 15th signature shoe has a look that’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen from the signature line. To be quite honest, I think that’s the main reason why this model has intrigued me (and many others) so much. Although past LeBron models have switched their style over time, many feel like that most recent ones have all had a look that fit into the same type of category. Not this one.

For the first time ever, a Nike LeBron signature shoe utilizes a woven upper dubbed Flyknit Battle. What’s Flyknit Battle? Think of a thicker and even more durable version of Flyknit that provides additional structure and support. Playing around with them a bit, I was really feeling the nice stretch and locked-in fit the woven upper provided. Another new look worth mentioning is the decision to not have Swoosh branding on neither the medial or lateral side of the shoe. LeBrons are notorious for using large Nike Swoosh branding on its side panels. The Nike LeBron 15 opts for a more subtle and minimal design as the only Swoosh branding is noted rear portion of the heel. Another feature that I appreciated on the shoe is the cut/shape of the tongue and collar. I have a love-hate relationship with sneakers with sock-collars (no detached tongue). They look dope on-feet, but some models come with collars that are far too tight. The LeBron 15’s ankle collar has some nice stretch to it which means that most of us won’t have too hard of a time putting the shoe on, unless you have super-wide feet, of course. The shoe also comes with a new sole that combines Max Air and Zoom Air units to give you protection, responsiveness and flexibility all wrapped up into one.

I love that Nike decided to take a completely different route with the Nike LeBron signature line. Styles are consistently changing, and the LeBron 15 fits right in with that’s trending in these modern times. The verdict is still out whether these will look good off the court, but with the right ‘fit, I’m pretty sure you anyone can pull these off.

Take a look at Kicks on Fire’s exclusive images of the Nike LeBron 15 Ashes up top to help you with your purchasing decision. If you’ve already decided that you’re all in, look for the Nike LeBron 15 Ashes to release on October 28th at select Nike retailers for $185.

 

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