5 things to know about the LeBron XVII
MANILA, Philippines — As LeBron James gears up for his 17th season in the NBA, Nike is outfitting him with the latest innovation in his newest signature sneaker: the LeBron XVII.
Set to launch in the Philippines on October 12, the latest LeBron kicks will set you back Php 9,895 a pair.
So what's new about the King's latest kicks? Here are five things you need to know about the LeBron XVII.
1. It has the highest-volume Heel Max Air unit in a LeBron shoe
It's the most Max Air that LeBron's worn in a shoe, set beneath the heel to provide shock absorption for his explosive play.
A soft foam pod directly under the Max Air units add cushioning.
2. The shoe has two independent Air Zoom pods under the forefoot
Combined with Max Air, the Air Zoom provides the ultimate hybrid cushioning.
The Air Zoom units in the forefoot respond to LeBron's downhill speed from point to point.
3. The shoe introduces 'Knitposite'
Evolved from the upper construction from Battleknit 2.0 on the LeBron XVI, the LeBron XVII combines lightweight Flyknit construction with heat-molded yarns that add structure and color.
The result is durable, supportive and resists stretching.
4. Signature LeBron details have shifted to the tongue
In the LeBron XVI, the Lion crest was on the heel of the shoe while the silhouette of LeBron dunking could be found on the outsole.
For the LeBron XVII, the details shift into the tongue, combining phrases and symbols like "I'm King", "LJ" and "23".
"LeBron wanted a more overt tongue for the shoe, which opens up the opportunity for storytelling," LeBron XVII designer Jason Petrie said.
5. The LeBron XVII releases on September 27
Will you be copping a pair of the King's newest signature shoe?