The Ohio State football program announced on Tuesday night it will wear custom Nike cleats inspired by NBA superstar LeBron James’ first signature shoe during Saturday’s game against Michigan.
The cleats are predominantly black with a scarlet Nike Swoosh outlined in gray on both sides and has scarlet accents throughout, including on the spikes of the cleats. The Buckeyes’ primary logo is on the tongue above James' original logo, which was on the Zoom Generation 1.
This isn’t the first time Ohio State will wear custom Nike LeBron cleats against the Wolverines, as the team wore predominantly black Zoom Solider 10 cleats in the 30-27 double-overtime victory in 2016.
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The Buckeyes followed that up with scarlet and white Soldier XI cleats in the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in 2017 and all-scarlet Soldier XI cleats in the 39-38 win over Penn State later that season, as well as black Soldier XII cleats in the 36-31 win over Nebraska in 2018.
While Ohio State wore its cannonball helmets and throwback jerseys in the 2016 game against Michigan, all-gray "Land of the Wolves" alternates against Penn State in 2017 and all-black uniforms in the 2018 game against Nebraska, sources indicated the team will be in its standard home uniform this Saturday.
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