Nike’s ongoing “Champions Think 16” collection will focus in on a classic LeBron James sneaker this week, as the “25 Straight” Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 is finally set to drop tomorrow.
The “Retro Soldiers” are built on top of the Player Exclusive version he in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. Yes, that memorable double-overtime game, in which LeBron laced up the Zoom Soldier 1, he recorded 25 straight points on the road to lift Cleveland to a 109-107 victory. The Cavs would go on to finish off the Pistons in Game 6, marking LeBron’s first trip to the NBA Finals. It was a slightly different shoe than the General Release style that we got that year especially with the additional white panels underneath the straps.
The ’25 Straight’ Zoom Soldier features a white, tumbled leather upper accompanied by hits of navy throughout and gold detailing, including the additional details added for the ‘Art of a Champion’ releases i.e. the Larry O’Brien trophy hangtag.
Select Nike retailers and Nike SNKRS will launch the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight” ahead of Game 1 on Thursday, May 31st (10am ET / 7am PT) for the retail price of $150.
2018 is the year of Saint Vincent Saint Mary… LeBron James’ alma mater. Not only we’ve got the SVSM Soldier 12s as a General Release, but also the upcoming Retro version of the Air Zoom Generation.
In the case of the AZG it’s more special because the OG version was never released to public and remained as a Player Exclusive item very popular among Nike LeBron collectors. Sadly I expect Nike to attach the Quickstrike tag to the SVSM AZG’s.
Below there’s a comparison between the OG and the Retro. Apart from the obvious difference… the peel off foil… the Retros seem to have a slightly different shade of Green. Not a big difference, but I’m sure owners of the OG’s will be pleased about not having a 1:1 copy releasing to public. I know I would If I owned a pair.
The Nike Air Zoom Generation Retro “SVSM” is scheduled to drop on May 26th, but that may still change per the QS nature of the drop. If previous retro AZGs are any indication here, expect a retail price of $175-200.
With a unique build, skill set and competitive drive, LeBron James is arguably the most dominant player of all time. The world knows that now, but back when he was facing the Pistons in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron was still opening people’s eyes. Wearing the rugged LeBron Soldier 1 for the contest, he pulled off the basketball equivalent of carrying a brother-in-arms to safety, scoring 29 of the Cavs’ final 30 points, including 25 straight and all 18 of their overtime points. The Herculean effort in the 2OT victory earned him his first NBA Finals appearance and was a revelation of the impossible dominance and will to win that King James continues to display today.
Moments like these inspired Nike to create the “Art of a Champion” collection that cement members of NIKE, Inc.’s extended family among basketball royalty. While not every moment led directly to a title, each is intrinsic to the respective athlete’s journey toward glory.
The Nike Zoom Soldier ’25 Straight’ is scheduled to be released on May 31st in limited numbers. Check out the gallery below, which includes a comparison with both 2007 General Release and Player Exclusive styles.
Nike is set to release a set of meaningful sneakers as part of their ‘Champions Think 16’ collection. The pack celebrates basketball champions with special edition retro models. It includes as many as 15 different releases and includes one shoe for The King… the Nike Zoom Soldier I.
LeBron James debuted this Nike Zoom Soldier during the 2007 NBA Playoffs when he took the underdog Cleveland Cavaliers team to the NBA Finals. The most memorable moment came when he exploded for 25 straight points to defeated the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the Easter Conference Finals.
The White, Navy and Gold edition has been enriched with additional details on the insoles and behind the tongue to commemorate that special achievment.
The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier “25 Straight” is set to release on May 31st at select Nike Basketball retailers. The shoe is not expected to be widely available.