March 12th, 2019
Back in 2017, Jason Petrie designed the Nike LeBron 15. The shoe introduced us to two brand new Nike technologies, Battleknit uppers and a cushioning system, which is a combination of Max Air and Zoom Air.
In 2018 Nike launched the “LeBron Watch” program which gave all fans the opportunity to own various LeBron 15 PE colourways after they had seen LeBron James rock a pair on the basketball court. For the LeBron Watch, Nike specifically designed nine different LeBron 15 PE colourways. The inspiration behind these special sneakers is some of LeBron James’ favorite Nikes from the past, such as the Air Diamond, Air Griffey, Air Max 95, the Waffle Trainer, and others.
Growing up in the in the ’90s, The King watched his favorite Swoosh athletes wearing the signature styles while scoring point after point. “When I was a kid, the athletes and the shoes represented in this series inspired me to chase my dream of one day becoming a professional athlete,” James remembers. “It’s important to me to share these stories and inspiration with my fans. I want them to be a part of every step of my journey, so I’m excited we’re making these shoes available to them.”
After a successful first year, Nike brought back the LeBron Watch program for a second season. Although there are some delays due to an injury the player suffered, it is clear that this season will revolve around the LeBron 16. Right after the LeBron “Watch The Throne” edition debut in February, emerges a new iteration of the Watch program. This one is a new look of the classic Bo Jackson signature, the “Medicine Ball” Air Trainer 3. If you are more into the retro vision, here are some good news for you: the pair will be re-released some time this year.
As you can tell by the name Nike LeBron 16 “Medicine Ball” is a mix of the two models. The shape is all LeBron 16 but the upper, as well as its instantly recognizable forefoot strap and throat perforations, are borrowed from the Air Trainer 3. The knit team at Nike created a brand new, upgraded Battleknit 2.0. It is stronger and reduced of any layers of the overall build that could slow LeBron.
The shoe also has a lower collar, which allows the athlete to move more freely. Thus, James gets a little faster, is a little bit closer to the court and a little bit more dynamic. The uppers are in cream with white perforated leather on the tongues and heel. Other details include plastic overlays on the forefoot and heel. The branding on the strap, tongue, Swoosh and Nike Air on the heel comes in midnight navy. A white rubber sole gives the finishing touch of the shoe.
According to leaked information, LeBron 16 is expected to first hit Korean retailers on March 9. A wider release is slated for launch on March 30. The retail price tag is set at about £140.
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