By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Last week, I told my basketball-shoe-adoring friends Meech and Tzvi that I need to “up my shoe game.” Admittedly, I’ve been out of the basketball sneaker game for a while. My teenage years was the last time I really cared about what shoes I was wearing. From having a pair of the original Jordans (thanks uncle Eric) to Reebok Pumps, to the shoe that John Starks wore when he switched to Adidas.

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If the price of the new Lebron James shoe from Nike is any indication, I will not be participating in any shoe game.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nike will release a new Lebron X Nike Plus will cot $315, and will have embedded sensors that measure how high your vertical leap is. The Journal also reports that Nike is raising its clothing and shoe prices 10% across the board due to rising costs in labor, materials and shipping.

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Although the “Plus” version of the shoe is $315, the regular model will cost $180.

The report Nike has told stores they will not be able to take pre-orders or allow midnight sales of the shoe.

I’m sure the shoes are amazing, but I don’t need to spend $300 to know that I can’t jump very high. For that price, they better actually increase my vertical leap. And also do my work. And also make me breakfast.

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