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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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87 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
95 / 100 by Sean Go • Sean Go • Level 1 expert
Overall I’m very happy with this retro take on Lebron’s very first Nike sneaker. This is my personal favorite colorway for the zoom generation line and I’m happy overall with the materials and quality of the build of this shoe.
95 / 100 by KicksOnFirecom • KicksOnFirecom • Level 1 expert
It is like one of my favorite sneakers and just love the look of the first games and the other colorways too but definitely the first game was always to be like personal favorite
85 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert
Would I recommend wearing a shoe from 2003? From my experience, the AZG has held up well as have my Lebron II and III but based on Swaggy’s experience I’m not so sure.
95 / 100 by iWearBoosT • Dave East • Level 1 expert
The greatest LeBron model in my opinion.
85 / 100 by MJO23DAN • MJO23DAN • Level 1 expert
It has that ballistic nylon it is so nice even on the midsole. I don’t know any other shoe that has this. The shoe is comfortable I’ve actually balled in it and it’s great.
75 / 100 by Sole Collector • Professor K • Level 1 expert
Alright then, to sum up, the Nike Air Zoom Generation is a solid shoe for all-around players at any position.
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Profile of Nike Air Zoom Generation
Nike and LeBron James partnered in 2003 to produce the famous Nike Air Zoom Generation. It is recognized as the first signature sneaker for LeBron James that commenced an extensive line of innovative footwear. The design was created by masterminds Aaron Cooper, Eric Avar, and Tinker Hatfield. Fast forward to fourteen years later, Nike is again putting in the market a few pairs of the first Air Zoom Generation shoes that LeBron played in. This shoe model is designed for comfort, performance, and beauty; and it is inspired by the modern-day soldier and the black fully customized Hummer H2 given to LeBron by his mother on his 18th birthday.
Cushion. The Air technology was among the first technologies used by Nike to promote their line. Nike innovated on this technology. Used on this shoe, the benefits include lightness, versatility, cushioning, and durability. The technology is comprised of pressurized air inside a tough, flexible bag.
The Zoom technology is applied to the forefoot area. This cushioning is light and durable; and it is composed of synthetic fibers that are stuffed in between plastic. The super slim cushioning brings the feet closer to the ground and enhances stability of any multi-directional footwork. The tightly stretched fibers bounce back to shape, resulting in an explosive responsiveness after ground impact.
The Air technology is applied to the heel area. It is comprised of pressurized air inside a strong flexible bag. It absorbs the impact and immediately recovers to its original shape.
Traction. The rubber outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Generation has a herringbone pattern for traction. It provides durability that can support the pressure of any footwork without affecting the speed and multidirectionality of the player.
In the middle of the outsole is a carbon fiber that gives additional springiness when used on the court.
Length and Width. The Nike Air Zoom Generation comes only in men’s sizes. It comes in a standard width, and wearers are advised to go true to their Nike basketball shoe sizes.
Lockdown. The white oval style laces of the Nike Air Zoom Generation will be adjusted to achieve the desired fit upon wearing.
The structure of the Nike Air Zoom Generation provides enough stability and good support, making it comfortable for any footwork. The inside lining of the shoe uses the Nike Sphere Technology, which works by allowing air to move freely over the skin providing breathability. The thin padded layer found between the interior and the exterior follows a circular dimple pattern that helps wick away moisture. The lightness and responsiveness of this shoe come from the Phylon in the midsole. Materials may change depending on the colorway.
This classic Nike Air Zoom Generation basketball sneaker comes in different colorways. The upper is covered with ballistic mesh and leather. Then, there are some color contrasts on the tongue and in the heel area, which add sophistication to the shoe. The lateral side has both a Nike callout and a glossy Nike Swoosh logo outlined with a contrasting color. The opposite has a military-style net-like feature that provides additional breathability.
What catches the eye would be the semi-translucent plastic with LeBron’s name in the upper part of the tongue. His name is written in the same font as the Hummer H2 logo. Below it is the number 23, which is his jersey number as part of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The four plastic eyelets took cues from the door handle of the Hummer. The tongue is made of a combination of fabric-like material and leather that is the same as the one used on the toe box.
The Air Zoom Generation is the first shoe for LeBron, but it does not actually carry his name. The most talked about Nike Air Zoom Generation colorway is the one LeBron wore on the all-star weekend. Nike retroes the First Game colorway of the LeBron shoes.
The first NBA game he wore the shoe in was the one against the Kings on October 29, 2003. During this game, the shoe sported the white and black colorway. For his first home game against the Denver Nuggets on November 5, 2003, he wore the white and crimson pair, and it eventually went on to be known as the First Game. Some say this is his favorite colorway.
Back then when it was released, there were only a few First Game pairs that had 11-5-2003 printed on the red foam insole. A pair was sold at around $110. This shoe model is also called LeBron 1. Currently, the shoe model is sold auction-style in select high-end locations.