LeBron James’ latest sneaker, the LeBron 16, isn’t an all-new shoe but rather a refined build of the LeBron 15. Here are all the details you need to know before the shoe drops on September 20.
Nike designer Jason Petrie and LeBron James have been long-time collaborators and for the LeBron 16 the duo worked at refining last year’s brand new LeBron 15. First, they began with the knit; the LeBron 16 introduces Battleknit 2.0.
“The knit team at Nike are geniuses,” said Petrie in a statement. “I don’t use that term lightly. They are mathematical artists and have created a new knit for the 16 that is strong enough to contain LeBron and successfully reduces any layers in the overall build that could slow him down.”
Battleknit 2.0 improves upon the scalloped knit used on the LeBron 15 with increased tensile strength — an effort to reign in James’ lateral force on-court — and a new finish that matches the King’s current style, according to Nike.
The next thing Petrie changed was the collar height, at LeBron’s direction. “The first thing we wanted to do was get a little lower in the cut of the shoe,” said LeBron James in a statement. “I wanted to get a little faster, ride a little bit closer to the court and be a little bit more dynamic.” The new collar height also comes with a new gusseted leather tongue that should allow for seamless entry into the shoe and more versatile wear off-court.
Finally, the full-length Max Zoom cushioning underfoot was refined — and outriggers were finally added, which were much needed on the retail version of the LeBron 15 (outriggers we added to LeBron’s PEs during the 2017-18 season). “LeBron liked the cushioning so much last year that we just focused on refining it,” said Petrie in a statement. “For this addition, we removed the tendril that connected the forefoot to the under-toe bag, and instead included an outrigger to create some additional support to complement the lower height.”
The Nike LeBron 16 ‘Fresh Bred’ will debut on September 20 at nike.com. As usual, Nike has not announced pricing information.
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UPDATE 9/7/18: The LeBron 16 will retail for $185 USD, according to a Nike spokesperson.