November 3, 2013 BY Brendan Dunne
We’re taking a daily look a LeBron James’ lineup of Nike shoes, an 11 day count-up to 11/11 that will serve as a reminder of the progression of his signature line. 2006 saw the debut of the Nike Zoom LeBron III, a shoe that solidified LeBron’s line as the tougher, bulkier answer to the Nike Kobe line that was beginning to develop at around the same time. The sneaker didn’t feature quite the drastic jump in design that the Nike Zoom Generation to Nike Zoom LeBron II did-instead opting to stick with the support oriented model that could best outfit an increasingly powerful LeBron James. The Pebax shell system was back, again clutching the Zoom Air system along the bottom. So was the strap-only this time it showed up in the form of multiple smaller straps gripping the upper. Inside was a “foot bucket” configuration that prevent the food from moving around any more than necessary. Hit the click to get more information on LeBron’s third silhouette and stay tuned for our next 11 Days of Nike LeBron feature.
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Where the sneaker did take strides was in its overall number of releases. Between the high and the low versions the Nike Zoom LeBron III had around sixteen colorways-that ballooned number finally suggesting that Nike believed sneaker acolytes were ready to support LeBron’s line en masse. Amongst those were plenty of special editions: Nike LeBron III “All Star” was on feet for James as he grabbed his first MVP award in that game, the “Kid” colorway was pulled from the LeBrons commercials, and that brown/gold made sure he had appropriate birthday footwear. Take a look at some of the more memorable Nike Zoom LeBron III moments and releases below and check back in tomorrow for the fourth entry intor our 11 Days of LeBron series.