LOOK: LeBron James unveils 16th signature shoe
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 08, 2018 08:29 PM
he LeBron 16 introduces Battleknit 2.0, an evolved version of the scalloped knit featured on the Lebron 15. (Photo from news.nike.com)
LeBron James has released his 16th signature shoe with sports brand Nike, his first one since signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The LeBron 16 dropped Saturday in a black and red colorway, aptly named "Fresh Bred". It continues James' longtime aesthetic for his signature sneakers that also works as the perfectly balance between support and its weight.
Designer Jason Petrie, James’s longtime collaborator, says working with a physical freak of nature like LeBron creates a series of evolving challenges,
Petrie believes the most groundbreaking part of the release is its knitting.
"They are mathematical artists and have created a new knit for the 16 that is strong enough to contain LeBron and successfully reduces any layers in the overall build that could slow him down," said Petrie.
According to Nike, the knit is structured in a way t hat it increases tensile strength while having elegant finish matches The King's current style.
The LeBron 16’s other notable feature is its height. At the direction of James, Petrie formed the shoe with a lower collar, which allows the athlete to move more freely.
“The first thing we wanted to do was get a little lower in the cut of the shoe,” said James. “I wanted to get a little faster, ride a little bit closer to the court and be a little bit more dynamic.”
Petrie and team also added a new gusseted leather tongue, allowing for seamless entry into the shoe and for broader styling choices off court.
Underfoot, a simple evolution of the Max Air cushioning platform introduced in the LeBron 15 that supports James’s dynamic demands.
The "Fresh Bred" launch colorway of the LeBron 16 will be available on nike.com September 20.