COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — The biggest game on the Buckeyes’ schedule calls for some pretty fancy footwear–designed by an Ohio great.
College GameDay’s Chris Fowler shared a photo on Twitter of some LeBron Soldier 10s specially designed for the big game against Michigan Saturday. Select players will wear the red and black cleats, inspired by Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
James and several Cleveland teammates plan to attend Saturday’s game, according to the AP.
The Ohio State Football account Tweeted a photo later with a closer look at the new shoes.
James said the idea was hatched 10 years ago, but it took time before the cleat could be developed.
“It’s been something that’s been in the works for years now,” he said. “We finally was able to put together a shoe and work with the Nike football lab to put a cleat on there. It’s always a hard process when you turn a basketball shoe into a cleat, so we finally was able to find a shoe that fits the Nike lab football cleat.”
James said some of the players tested them this week at practice before deciding whether to play in them.
“It was just like, great timing, I guess, that it came together when they were playing Michigan in the biggest game of the season,” he said.
It’s also perfect timing that James’ cleats are being unveiled when Ohio State is facing Michigan, which this season is wearing Jordan Brand, sports gear designed by Michael Jordan, whose “Jump Man” logo adorns their uniforms.
James, though, said it was just a coincidence that the cleats came out this week.
Ohio State is one of four schools whose basketball teams wear exclusively James apparel and sneakers.
Some little Buckeyes are also wearing shoes from James’ collection. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said Friday that babies born Friday or Saturday will get their own shoes, donated by Nike.