LeBron James has teamed up on a special sneaker for special athletes. The Cavaliers star and Nike have unveiled a new shoe designed for disabled athletes that can be slipped on and off more easily. The LeBron Soldier 10 FlyEase is modeled after the signature shoe worn by James, but it has no laces and can be secured with Velcro straps and zippers. “It’s about us empowering every kid and everybody to understand we are all athletes,” James said.
“Sports should never be taken away from a kid,” the three-time NBA champion said. “It creates fun. It creates laughter. It creates brotherhood or sisterhood. To be able to have shoes that are easy to get on and off gives kids another opportunity to live out their dreams.”
During halftime of North Carolina’s game against Duke last Saturday, Michael Jordan said UNC’s “ceiling is the roof.” The quote didn’t make much sense, and Twitter roasted Jordan for the gaffe. Well, it turns out that the GOAT is having the last laugh. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Jordan Brand is set to launch a line of merchandise that nods to that quote.
Paul George’s signature Nike shoe, the PG1 Ferocity, is set to hit shelves on Saturday, March 4th at 10 AM ET. George is just the fourth active Nike Basketball athlete to have a signature shoe, joining an elite group of players with custom kicks.
Nike designer Tony Hardman said there was a point where nobody at the brand knew if they’d be moving forward with a Paul George signature shoe or not. “You don’t know if a guy is gonna come back from an injury like that,” Hardman told Sole Collector. “That’s a crazy injury to try and come back from. So, even for me as a designer, it was almost like the resource was kinda put on hold for a little bit. We don’t know what’s gonna happen with Paul.”
“It wasn’t really on my mind whether I lost the shoe or if that dream was out the window or not,” George told Sole Collector. “During that time period I was more concerned that my job was at stake.” In retrospect, Hardman calls the injury a blessing in disguise in that it gave the design team more time to get to know George. It also pushed back the debut date of the Nike PG1 shoe, which was originally scheduled to release in 2016.