Excitement was a word that popped into my mind when mid-season came a long and I started thinking to myself what Lebrons next shoe would look like. Michael Jordans line had some sort of progression for the most part from shoe to shoe but so far Lebrons have been very unique and different from one another majority of the time, with certain big similarities in each, like the 360 Air Unit. Images leaked a couple weeks back of just the tongue on the new Lebron for next year giving minute details such as carbon fiber and black and red coloring and even the use of the new logo L Crown J. Now that images have finally popped up and the shoe is available for purchase from websites for pre-sale and severely inflated prices, im thinking to myself something has to be done. The quality of the upper does not seem to be a progression in any way from the previous design, and the upper seems to have taken cues from a lot of other shoes that is not necessarily the way to go. The upper on the toebox looks too similar to original hyperfuse and hyperfuse low and the flywire usage and the mesh on the fuse looks to similar to the 360BB which happened to be influenced by the Lebron 7. Carbon fiber being used on the ankle pieces could be taken from last years Zoom Skyposite. The only new and unique quality to this shoe as far as I can see is the heel tab, usually seen as a loop or something that holds on to the back of the shoe strongly, this is an actual tab. In my mind and honest opinion, there is too much non-cohesive detail going on with this pair of shoes and it is a great start to what should be the final product for the Lebron 9 but I will have to see these in another color-way to be convinced.