The flagship model for Lebron James this year, the Lebron 11, didn’t turn out quite the way Nike and gang wanted to. Throughout the season Lebron consistently switched from the Lebron 11 into his secondary sneaker, the Zoom Soldier 7. This was pretty much the story every game during the regular season as well as post-season in the NBA Finals. Nonetheless, the King has managed to make ends meet and still beast it on court with the Soldiers in a quest for that three-peat.
Here we have a look at the next model for the Soldier line, the Zoom Soldier 8. It wouldn’t be a Zoom Soldier without Nike Zoom cushioning so expect the sneaker to contain it in both the forefoot and heel. A strap has been used on all the Soldier models except for the 2, and this one sports a strap right over the ankle to insure lockdown and stability. The strap is attached to a zipper on the medial side which is makes me curious on how it’ll work. Mesh and fuse returns for the third time in a row covering the upper for lightweight support and flexibility.
For those who are looking to hoop, the traction is updated with a multi-directional hexagonal pattern which looks great. Rubber is fairly thin from the photos but it can still change in the final product. One new addition to the Soldier line is the Flywire exposed in the first couple photos adding support to the midfoot. Note that that images above are not the retail version and are likely early stage samples and wear-test samples.
I’m hoping these perform as good as the Soldier 6 and isn’t as stiff as the 7’s. I love the addition of the Nike Flywire, improved traction, and the new placement of the strap. Some don’t like straps on their kicks, but this is only for added lockdown, can’t complain there. This also looks to be lighter than the past couple models but we’ll see when they release later this Fall.