US’ Nike honours LeBron’s 20th year in NBA with LeBron XX sneakers

American multinational sportswear manufacturer Nike has introduced the LeBron XX sneakers to celebrate basketball star LeBron James’ 20th year in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as well as with Nike. The LeBron XX is the first performance shoe in LeBron’s signature line to debut as a low-top.

The LeBron XX is the lightest edition of his signature sneakers yet, designed with a sleek, luxury-inspired low-top silhouette, according to a press release by Nike. The shoe’s main features include a lower profile, Zoom Air in the forefoot and the heel, and a carbon fibre midfoot shank. For underfoot cushioning, the forefoot has a top-loaded Air Zoom Turbo unit and the heel features a larger Zoom Air unit, measuring at 13 mm thickness, to help with impact protection. The synthetic-wrapped lateral guardrail helps secure the foot over the footbed. A multidirectional outsole pattern grips the floor.

“We saw the XX as a chance to celebrate the next 20 years for LeBron,” said Jason Petrie, senior footwear designer for men’s basketball and lead designer of the LeBron line since the Zoom LeBron VII. “The stitched tag inside the tongue says, ‘Designed and Engineered to the Exact Specifications of the Next Generation.’ We took that line seriously as we designed the shoe. We had players like LeBron’s sons Bronny and Bryce in mind. We wanted to get in their heads and learn about what young players were looking for.”

The collar lining of the LeBron XX includes a Nike technology called Nike Sphere that originally appeared in the Air Zoom Generation. The engineered collar lining is soft and breathable, tying back to LeBron’s desire with the Zoom Generation to make the most comfortable basketball shoe around. A carbon fibre midfoot shank, which provides energy return and torsional rigidity for powerful movements, returns to the signature line for the first time since the Zoom LeBron 5. The Dunkman logo returns to the outsole after last appearing in the LeBron 16, added the release.

The Time Machine colourway of the LeBron XX releases in adult and kids sizing on September 29, 2022. Other colourways will release throughout holiday 2022.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (NB)