July 31, 2013 BY Brendan Dunne / 10
The flagship colorway so far for the LeBron 11 has been this, the parachute gold on arctic green version. Dialing things back a bit is this sample version of that colorway, one that was produced before the look of the final product was set in stone. The overall shape remains the same, but the blocking is tweaked just a bit and a few logo badges look to be stripped. See extra angles on this sample version of the Nike LeBron XI and then tell us in the comments if you think they look better than the final retail one we’re expecting.
I like the shoe as a whole. The silhouette is very nice IMO. I really wish they'd do away with the swoosh on the side. It looks forced into the design and I think he's earned a shoe without the typical branding. Also, the lion on the tongue was an awesome touch and I think they should bring that back.
I do like the finished product but these are clean. I like the innovative design behind the simple color blocking. This would, I think, quench the thirst for the "black on black on black" that people want, without being just another all black shoe.