Nike’s switching things up a bit as they unveil each shoe within their post season Elite series one at a time. Today’s highlight? The upcoming Nike LeBron 13 Elite.
While they’re switching up how they introduce consumers to the Elite Series, it looks like they’ve taken a look at their original lineup as the White/ Gold and Black/ Gold color scheme makes a much needed return. The LeBron 13 and KD 8 Elite aren’t half-assed redesigns either — thank goodness. Each shoe has received a completely overhauled upper, even though tooling remains very similar to the original product.
Personally, I feel the LeBron 13 Elite is the most significant change compared to the original shoe as more cushion has been implemented along with completely different materials.
Check all the official information and tech specs about the upcoming LeBron 13 Elite and be sure to stay tuned to WearTesters for their performance review.
LeBron James will wear the LEBRON 13 Elite — an evolved version of his 13th shoe — as he seeks his third ring.
The key technical upgrades to the LEBRON 13 Elite come through a durable Kurim cage upper, carbon fiber shank, full-length bootie and two additional hexagonal Zoom Air-sole units on each shoe (six total per shoe). Designed to work in tandem, these elements create a stronger and lighter shoe built for the season’s stretch run.
Kurim, an extremely pliable and durable material used throughout the upper, brings a new aesthetic and provides a skin-like fit that moves with each stride. Thinner layers are placed in areas that need more flexibility while thicker layers are in those that require added support.
Additional upgrades further differentiating this new Elite version from its predecessor include a full-length bootie and leather toecap.
These, in combination with the Kurim cage upper, carbon fiber shank and Zoom Air-sole units, realize three key benefits:
1. Dynamic lockdown
2. Optimal stability
3. Articulated, responsive cushioning
The LEBRON 13 Elite launches in red on April 14 at nike.com and select retail locations. Two additional colorways will be available May 5 (white) and May 26 (black).