By his third season, LeBron eclipsed expectations set by many.  On the sneaker front, he laced up in his third signature shoe, the Nike Zoom LeBron 3.  King James was already a superstar even before he was old enough to order a drink.  His persona and playing style with quick speed, powerful dunks, clutch shots and the on and off court swagger built his profile bigger and bigger.

The Zoom LeBron 3 featured straps on the upper, micro-perforations on the leather, and sleek, linear midsole was more “soldier” than any LeBron shoes to date. The interior build of the Nike LeBron 3 featured a “foot-bucket” which prevented the foot from slipping off the foot-bed. And like with the Nike Zoom LeBron 2, the large-volume Zoom Air unit returned with a lighter and thinner Pebax shell.

 

Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005)
Nike Zoom LeBron III   White/Black-Crimson Nike Zoom LeBron III White/Navy-Gold Nike Zoom LeBron III Black/Crimson
Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005)
Nike Zoom LeBron III White/Crimson Nike Zoom LeBron IIIWhite/Gold Nike Zoom LeBron III”Birthday”
Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005)
Nike Zoom LeBron III White/Crimson-Gold Nike Zoom LeBron IIIBlack/Gold Nike Zoom LeBron III”Business”
Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005)
Nike Zoom LeBron III”Athlete” Nike Zoom LeBron III”Wise” Nike Zoom LeBron III”Kid”
Nike Zoom LeBron III Low (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III Low (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III Low (2005)
Nike Zoom LeBron III Low White/Black-Crimson Nike Zoom LeBron III LowWhite/Silver Nike Zoom LeBron III LowBlack/Black

 

If we’re looking at color ups, the Nike Zoom LeBron 3 had almost as many in-game colorways as the AZG and LeBron 2 together.  Gone were the days of one home, one away, and one all-star makeup. In addition to many inline colorways came a number of special editions for events such as the All-Star Game to Superman to special editions made for “The LeBrons” characters from the commercials for the Nike Zoom LeBron 3.