Top 10 Best Nike Shoes
Evolution of LeBron James sneakers: stylish models of the last 10 years
Behind every world-famous athlete there is an equally large brand that supports him. Moreover, with some companies, athletes are associated not only with financial relations, but also, one might say, friendly ones. Together, they can create clothing and accessories lines, conduct social campaigns, and help those in need and each other.
Nike and the legendary basketball player LeBron James have worked together to bring the world together. These are motivating commercials, documentaries, and, of course, stylish sneakers. Each season, an athlete walks onto the floor in branded shoes, the design and functionality of which he himself works with the brand's team. We have selected seven, in our opinion, the most stylish couples over the past 10 years and tell us how they impressed us.
LEBRON 8 PS
The first version of the eighth model in a row LeBrona was released back in 2010, but in 2011 the brand announced the third and final. This time around, Nike has adapted the shoe in the classic basketball red, white and black color scheme to suit James' specific needs to bring him into the postseason.
The LEBRON 8 PS successfully combines lightness, breathability, reliable stabilization and traction with surface. Interestingly, the sole of this model combines two proprietary cushioning technologies at once: Max Air 180 in the heel and Nike Zoom in the forefoot.
The design of the pair continues the general theme of the entire line of James, so there is an image of a lion on the tongue of the sneaker , as if looking at the opponent and ready to pounce.
LEBRON 9 Cannon
The LEBRON 9 Cannon was initially sold exclusively in Miami. This was done in recognition of the LeBron community in South Florida, the brand said. And only then the shoes could be purchased at some points in the United States.
Although the pair looks weighty, it is quite light. When creating the model, the emphasis was placed on making it as functional as possible without sacrificing style. And Nike seems to have done it. Firstly, because the design in blue and blue shades with neon accents and a bright sole brought the sneakers popularity among buyers. And secondly, for the first time, the model combined two stabilization technologies, which allowed a basketball player to be fast and powerful on the court.
LEBRON 11 Forging Iron
Of the entire 11th line we were most impressed by the Forging Iron model. When the designers worked out the appearance of the couple, they got confused in earnest. The basis was taken from various transformations occurring withiron in the forge. For example, the fiery shades of orange are metal just removed from the oven. At this time, he is the most flexible, just like the sneakers, which do not restrict movement during the game and lend themselves easily to LeBron. A yellow gradient denotes sparks during forging, a metallic swoosh with a greenish tint is an intermediate state in the cooling process, and an ice sole logically completes the metaphor.
The creators of LEBRON 11 Forging Iron believe that the reference to iron forging is ideal for James. After all, this is a craft that requires concentration, strength and fire to achieve results. The same can be said about the athlete's game.
This model brings many of the brand's functional breakthroughs to life. From the outside, you can see that the LEBRON 13 sneakers have become even higher, and on the outer coating appeared as if metal blotches from a material that provides zonal protection against impacts.
And yet the most interesting thing was waiting for us on the sole. Nike Zoom Air's soft hexagonal cushions debuted in James' 12, but evolved noticeably in the 13. The thickness of two blocks out of six was 13 mm, which is more than all LEBRON 12 cushions in the total volume. This is really explosive cushioning!
The basketball player dedicated the design of the pair to his hometown of Akron, Ohio. LeBron's roots are reflected in every color element and detail.
LEBRON 15 Diamond Turf & EQUALITY
The year before last, two interesting models of the 15th line appeared at once - Diamond Turf and EQUALITY ... The first pair came out as part of the Nike LeBron Watch program. It is dedicated to the iconic personalities and footwear of the brand that inspired James in his career. The Diamond Turf is designed to celebrate the golden era of dual-sport legends. We are talking about those athletes who have achieved success not in one sport, but in two at once. By example, they motivated LeBron to develop his playing skills and grow.
The EQUALITY model with parity lettering on the back of the boot was produced in a limited edition of 400 pairs in white and black colors. All of them went to the future owners through a drawing. The basketball player wore these sneakers at the opening of the NBA season to inspire people to stand up and boldly declare themselves, regardless of their background.
LEBRON 16 x HFR Harlem Stage
The classic LEBRON 16 is not as tall as the previous shoe ranges. This solution was developed by designer Jason Petrie at the request of LeBron. The athlete wanted to move more freedombut also get a little faster. Another breakthrough in this pair is a lightweight yet durable scalloped knit.
In a variation called the Harlem Stage, all the signature trappings of the athletic sneaker have been tweaked to match the casual urban flair. Harlem has gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous and criminal areas of New York, inhabited by African Americans. Therefore, the color palette was chosen bright and bold. By the way, the sneakers from the collaboration are high again and are even slightly open at the side thanks to the long tongue and stylish strap on the buckle.
LEBRON 17 MTAA
Release: 2019 year.
Ultramodern LEBRON 17 sneakers are out last fall, and already in winter, the brand released a special model called MTAA. Its trick is that each pair of shoes comes with two interchangeable language shields of different colors and markers. They can safely draw and write any phrases on the midsole. Don't worry, everything will rub off!
The motto of this couple sounds like More than an athlete, which in Russian means more than an athlete. As conceived by the designers and LeBron, with these sneakers, athletes will be able to express themselves not only through playing skills, but also through personal messages on the boots. This is important as individuality in sports is one of the keys to success.