My anticipation for the next overseas LeBron model has been in full effect since the last release. That model would be the Nike Lebron Ambassador 9 (IX).
I previously reviewed the Ambassador 8, which exceeded expectations and outperformed its signature model. If I was to hope that one LeBron model will perform well this year it would be the latest in the Ambassador series, but we’ll just have to find out.
The shoe features all mesh upper with fuse overlays on high wear areas along the forefoot and parts of the midfoot where the multi-layer mesh meet. A large Swoosh hits the toebox and the LeBron James crown logo is featured prominently along the lacing area. The tongue features reflective numbers 2 and 3 on the left and right shoe, respectively, for LBJ’s jersey number. The external heel counter features a digital camo print along with a pull tab for easy access, and the Flywire lacing system should keep you locked in.
The traction seems quite solid with its multi-directional diamond grid nodes. There is some herringbone mixed in with the XDR rubber which is solid for outdoor and indoor use. Now comes the interesting part, cushioning. The Ambassador 7 featured a Zoom unit in the forefoot with an Air Max heel while the Ambassador 8 featured a large forefoot Zoom unit and one in the heel. Now, the Ambassador 9 seems to have taken queues from its predecessor and the Soldier X by implementing Zoom Air units in both the forefoot and heel. I’m hoping that the Zoom unit is top loaded and/or is as responsive as what was in the Ambassador 8 rather than the Soldier 10. We’ll just have to wait and see, but if you’ve already played in the shoe overseas, let us know.
Our friends over at ID4Shoes have the White and Black pair available for purchase for a mere $125 — an absolute steal if it exceeds the performance of its predecessor, which was excellent. You can purchase the White pair here , Black pair here, And the Team Red here.
Do you like the look of the Ambassador 9? Did you try the Ambassador 8? Sound off down in the comments.