I feel you. The upper is plain but I think thats what helps it work as an off the court shoe too. Which I think is Nikes intention to have a mass appeal with a intro line.
IMO the current lebron looks like a straight technical ball shoe, except for your designs, I can't see them looking as good off the court.
I'm still waiting for a "Wow" colorway for Kyrie 1, but I think as an entry model it serves its purpose. Where the design goes in the future will be interesting?