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The LeBron 16 Showcases New Low-Top Look
What Pros Wear
By Jason Liao
The Nike LeBron 16 switches up the collar-cut from it’s predecessor, while maintaining a lot of the features seen on the LeBron 15.
Longtime LeBron collaborator Jason Petrie returns once again to design the 16. Petrie looked to refine the 15 only, carrying over top-of-the-line technology in the articulated Max Zoom system and Battleknit upper. The latter is dubbed Battleknit 2.0, with sections getting stripped down to reduce weight. Nike also increased the tensile strength of the knit to withstand LeBron’s explosive game.
The Zoom Air cushioning system should be felt more as well, as the shoe sits lower compared to the 15. The same bouncy feeling has transferred over, as this cushioning was a favorite for The King.
As the midsole got lower, so did the collar height. This change is a big development for the LeBron line that has featured at least a mid-cut in past LeBron signature and team models. This was a request by James, to help him adjust to his faster, more dynamic game.
The Nike LeBron 16 is available now at Nike store for $185 as well as other authorized basketball retailers.