If you follow LeBron James on social media, you know that his signature shoe, the Nike LeBron 17‘s are falling with much anticipation. The three-time NBA champion even unboxed a pair for his nearly 52 million Instagram followers on Tuesday.
Sneakers are a work of art. A few of the features that set this Jason Petrie-designed show apart from James’ previous 16 models is that it has the highest volume heel Max Air unit in a LeBron sneaker. Nike also uses Knitposite technology for the first time, which promises the greatest signal support until the final whistle.
“We had ‘the plan’ in mind for 17, and we started from scratch on everything from the construction of the knit to how we could protect it underfoot with air bags,” Petrie Explain, via Nike. “The silhouette was a way to reset the brand for LeBron and explore in a futuristic way how we could help his game with the best of Nike.”
The lion’s crest sat on the heel of the LeBron 16, while the King James dunk silhouette was on the outsole. The LeBron 17 moves those aspects to the tongue, connecting phrases and images like “I’m King,” “LJ,” and “23.”
Looks like the Ohio native had considerable freedom when developing this shoe.
“LeBron wanted a more open tongue for the shoe, which opens up the possibility of personal storytelling,” Petrie daus said. “There are also other micro-details. Making the topline jagged was our way of entering the king’s crown. Additionally, there is a woven label on the medial side which inspired the colorway. It’s almost like the shoe key.
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