- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

CLEVELAND, OHIO (AP) - LeBron James is stepping out for his Ohio hometown on his newest Nike sneaker.

The latest shoe in the company’s Zoom LeBron VI line pays tribute to Akron by featuring the city’s downtown skyline in its stitching. It also shows a sign for Hickory Street _ where the Cleveland Cavaliers star grew up _ and a milk crate, the “basket” James used when he first played hoops.

Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins says the shoe is a sign of James’ deep connection with Akron.

The limited-edition white, navy blue and gold sneaker is being released Friday in New York and costs $140 per pair.

At least one chain store in Cleveland expects to have a few dozen pairs available for sale on Saturday.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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