The Swoosh beefs up every technology from the 16th signature sneaker for the well-cushioned Nike LeBron 17.
The previous two iterations in the LeBron line featured full-length Zoom Air, but that gets switched up for the 17th version. Lead designer Jason Petrie has been working on the LeBron line since the LeBron 7, and goes back to Air cushioning in the heel. This was a staple early in Petrie’s early designs including the LeBron 7, 8, and 9. This version features a lot more Air, as the heel unit is the largest volume ever in a LeBron shoe. This helps provide a lot of shock absorption when landing on the heel.
Zoom Air still remains in the forefoot, with two large round units placed beneath the ball of the foot on the medial and lateral sides. These units plays to James’ excellent downhill speed, providing an extra bounce when running down the court.
The real eye-catcher on the LeBron 17 though is the polarizing Knitposite upper. This material took the Flyknit and Battleknit concepts of the LeBron 15 and 16, and adds more support. Flyknit is heat-molded with strategically placed yarn that creates the scaly armor look. The new upper adds structure and durability, while also preventing it from stretching out.
For those looking for Easter egg details, look no further than the on the tongue. The LJ crown logo as well as the lion emblem are front and center on the tongue. The lacing system weaves underneath the tongue to make sure not detail goes unnoticed.
The Nike LeBron XVII (17) officially drops at Nike Basketball retailers on September 27.