The latest LeBron Soldier 10 is designed with athletes with disabilities in mind.
Announced on Monday by Nike, the shoe features FlyEase technology, which is easy-entry tech designed to be easier to be put on than a normal sneaker. In place of laces, the LeBron Solider 10 FlyEase features a combination of a zipper and Velcro strap.
“It’s about us empowering every kid and everybody to understand that we are all athletes,” LeBron James said per a press release. “For myself and Nike to be able to collaborate on a project like this has been special since the very first time it was brought to the table.”
Recently, James hosted children from the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation at the team’s practice facility in Independence. There, he presented them with sneakers.
The shoes were designed by Tobie Hatfield, who previously worked on Tiger Woods’ golf shoes.
"One of the key learnings we've had in crafting accessible footwear is the importance of easy entry and exit of the shoe, not just simplifying its fastening system," Hatfield said per Nike’s release. "Eliminating the intricate hand movement of lace tying is important, but if the athlete cannot get their foot into the shoe, lacing becomes a moot point."
Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne, whose sister Lizzie is a person with disabilities, was also involved in the project.
“There is a very real need for accessible footwear,” Delle Donne said per Nike’s press release. “Nike makes shoes I can perform in on the court, but it’s just as important to me that Nike has shoes my sister Lizzie can put on by herself.”
The shoe drops today on nike.com in blue, white and black colorways for adults and children.