LeBron James was recently spotted wearing a wear-test sample of an unknown shoe, many speculated that it would be the LeBron 14. Turns out they weren’t the LeBron 14, but rather the tenth installment of the Nike LeBron Soldier line.
You can see that the Nike Zoom Soldier 10 will once again utilize the straps along the upper much like last year’s Soldier 9. We stated in our performance review of the Soldier 9 — great shoe by the way — that the laces they placed on the shoe were unnecessary and the shoe would have been just fine without them. Looks like that’s what designers had in mind as well since this looks like it might be the very first performance basketball shoe to be completely lace-less. Materials used are the same as the current Nike LeBron 13 Low, so a textile mesh upper with foam structure. Heat welded Fuse looks to be used sparingly as the toe drag and Swoosh branding are the only signs of the material. Lastly, large volume Nike Zoom Air units are in place at the heel and forefoot. None of that thin rectangle stuff either, this is the real deal Zoom Air that Zoom fans have been wanting to see make a return to footwear.
Traction looks to be the only area of the shoe that would concern us, but we have complete faith in Nike’s Soldier line as it’s been one of the most consistent performance models from the brand in recent years. If the signature LeBron model fails to impress, the Zoom Soldier usually makes up for it.
No official word on pricing or availability at this time, but stay tuned as we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the Nike Zoom Soldier 10 below in the comment section. Nike looks to be setting new trends (again) in the basketball market with this lace-less high top design.
Big thanks to longtime WearTesters supporter Davis Byrne for the images!