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)
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Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005)
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Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005)
lebron-3-all-star-323Nike Zoom LeBron III White/Crimson-Gold lebron-3-black-gold-323Nike Zoom LeBron IIIBlack/Gold lebron-3-business-Nike Zoom LeBron III”Business”
Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III (2005)
lebron-3-athlete-323Nike Zoom LeBron III”Athlete” lebron-3-wise-323Nike Zoom LeBron III”Wise” lebron-3-kidNike Zoom LeBron III”Kid”
Nike Zoom LeBron III Low (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III Low (2005) Nike Zoom LeBron III Low (2005)
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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.