Today, Nike Basketball unveils its Elite Series Team Collection, featuring the KD7, Kobe X and LeBron 12. In fact, each player silhouette will get three separate editions, in each of three collections. First, on April 18, the Nike Elite Series Team Collection drops with team colorways for Bryant, Durant and James. On May 15 comes the Nike Elite Series Elevate Collection, which will feature blue sky-inspired colorways for all three kicks. Then on June 5, the Nike Elite Series Rose Gold Collection drops with inspiration from the road to the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
More details on the tech specs of the Elite series, straight from the Swoosh:
Nike Kobe X
The KOBE X Elite features a Nike Flyknit upper construction with dynamic Flywire technology for superior strength, breathability and support. The shoe is the first Flyknit basketball shoe constructed with recycled polyester yarn – each pair is knit with the equivalent of five recycled plastic bottles. Designer Eric Avar used a high-cut silhouette for proprioception.
The KOBE X Elite’s dynamic traction, hybrid cushioning system (Lunarlon, Nike Zoom Air and Nike Free-inspired siping combined) and modern aesthetic result in a new standard for performance footwear.
The KD7 Elite is designed to enhance natural motion and responsiveness without compromising strength. Hyperposite upper construction is now perforated to minimize weight and deliver zoned breathability.
The shoe’s three primary features include Hyperposite upper construction, dynamic Flywire technology and Nike Zoom Air cushioning. Designer Leo Chang built the shoe to be light and tight, optimized for performance in a clean aesthetic.
Nike LeBron 12
The LEBRON 12 Elite embodies pinnacle performance and indisputable strength, much like James himself. The LEBRON 12 Elite leverages high-quality Megafuse construction with mesh and composite for structure and features new vertical wings wrapping the foot for lockdown and stability.
The shoe now features six visible, independent Nike Zoom Air units that provide low profile, responsive cushioning. The strategic placement of the pods is engineered for James’s explosiveness and his multidirectional movement.
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