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Photos: LeBron and Kobe get Nike Elite shoes for the playoffs

Mar 16, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT


LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the game’s two biggest stars, so it’s not a surprise that Nike is making their signature shoes among the first to be available as part of its Elite Series.

From the press release:

“Nike Basketball today introduced its supercharged Elite Series providing new levels of footwear innovation. The Nike Kobe VIINike Zoom Hyperdunk and LeBron 9 all feature premium materials and footwear technologies providing players with a performance advantage.

“Nike designers have obsessed on every detail. Incorporating the most innovative materials and design techniques, the three styles take performance to another level. Lightweight construction, enhanced fit, dynamic protection and distinctive colors are just some of the innovation included in this premium series.

“At Nike we have a maniacal focus on product innovation to give athletes a competitive advantage,” said Leo Chang, Nike Basketball Footwear Design Director.  “For the Nike Basketball Elite Series, we completely re-engineered each shoe from the inside out using the highest performance materials. We took our top franchise models and made them even better for the moment that matters most to our athletes – the run for the championship trophy.”

“Home and Away colors are the inspiration for the elegant white and black base of the shoes; as the trophy is the inspiration behind the gold details spread throughout the series. Each style of the Nike Basketball Elite Series worn on court will initially display a special white Swoosh Design. As the playoffs approach, Nike celebrates the player’s achievements by replacing the white Swoosh with a gold one for the final game.”

The top-of-the-line footwear comes to retail April 28th, and does so at a top-of-the-line price: The LeBron 9 Elite will retail for $250, while the Kobe VII Elite will set you back $200.

Check out the photo gallery below and let us know if you’ll be tempted to pick up a pair in the comments.

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  1. toegoat - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Damn, $250….. I remember seeing the Olajawon’s in KMART for like $20 in like 1998 lol don’t know why I thought of that

  2. deiong - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    not very good looking for 200+

    • p1nch3dloaf - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Captain of the Costa Concordia would look very dashing wearing the LeBron9.

  3. steelersredsoxnation - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM


  4. glink123 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    $250 for $6 worth of materials assembled by 9 year old child labor slaves. Ugly Americans to the core.

  5. losangelasbasketball - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Get both pairs and wear the Lebron shoes for 3 quarters and then kobe’s in the 4th….

    • storebrandcookies - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      Lol, thats hilarious!!

      • david8726 - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:46 AM

        Not really. The “LOL MISSING 4TH QUARTERS” joke has only been made about eleven billion times.

  6. bearsstillsuck - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    That joke has been used a lot, but I still laugh every time. I’m still waiting for the first player to get a deal from vibrams.

  7. 700levelvet - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Can’t wait for the news reports on the evening the item is introduced….3 people shot in Somewhere USA, while waiting in line to get…..Wait for it……..A pair of senakers……..

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