Back in 2017, the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers were experiencing an abysmal start to the season. To voice his frustration, James posted a meme on Instagram. The now-infamous image pulled from popular children's program Arthur appears to be the inspiration for the latest colorway of the Soldier 12.
This pair outfits its knit upper in University Gold inspired by Arthur's shirt. A light blue leather overlay on the toe box mimics his jeans. Red hits appear on the heel and pull tab on the tongue as a nod to the logo for the cartoon. The straps that weaves their way up the upper in place of a traditional lacing system also pull design elements from the logo and feature a black-and-grey stripe pattern. An LJ crown logo surrounded by the aforementioned striped circle stamped on each insole further cements this pair's playful theme. Gum outsoles complete the design.
Aside from the inspiration, this version of the Soldier 12 showcases Nike's FlyEase technology—a zipper system wrapping the heel that makes it easier to take the shoe on and off. Zoom Air cushioning is loaded under the heel and ball of the foot as well for comfort on the court.
The "Arthur" Nike LeBron Soldier 12 is currently available on nike.com for $130.
Nike LeBron Soldier 12 "Arthur"
Release Date: Available now
Color: University Gold/University Red/University Blue/White
Style #: AV3812-700