After the Holiday season, the next round of exclusive kicks are Chinese New Year homages followed by NBA All-Star weekend specials. The latter is in Houston this year and thanks to the city’s history of space exploration, extraterrestrials inspire special make ups of Kevin Durant, LeBron James & Kobe Bryant’s signature Nike sneakers.
Nike Basketball used “extraterrestrial species, undiscovered planets, new constellations” and a general theme of discovery in these special colorways of the LeBron X, Kobe 8 System and Zoom KD V.
Per a Nike press release:
An indestructible force originating from fictional Nike Space Program (NSP) planet NSP-LJ6, LeBron James’ dominance was born from the volcanic surface in the planet’s mantle. He is rumored to have journeyed to earth on a meteor made of the galaxy’s hardest substance – black diamonds.
Technical benefits of the LEBRON X shoe include full-length visible Nike Zoom cushioning, dynamic Flywire technology and Hyperfuse construction — a trilogy set to unleash its fury in Houston.
KOBE 8 SYSTEM
Engineered to the specifications of Kobe Bryant’s Houston mission, with origins rooted on a planet marked as NSP-KB24. The Ice Mamba circles the volatile surface as guardian of the five rings. The wise veteran is known to strike with moves that leave his opponents frozen.
Built for Bryant’s lightning speed and precision, the KOBE 8 SYSTEM shoe is Nike+ Basketball enabled for the first time and this shoe also features Nike Zoom in the midsole insert. Nike Engineered Mesh upper and tactile traction complete the shoe.
Identified as Dark Matter, the biological and molecular breakdown of this figure remains a puzzle for scientists. Early readings of its origin, NSP-KD35, have sent back conflicting reports of a planet that is simultaneously solid, liquid, and gas – properties that make his game adaptable to any situation.
Joining with Bryant for their quest to lead the West to victory, this KD V shoe is designed to the specifications of Kevin Durant’s Houston mission. The KD V features the combination of Nike Zoom (forefoot) and Nike Air (heel) cushioning along with Hyperfuse upper and dynamic heel support.
All the shoes will be available at select retailers on February 15. This is when you may have to decided between a gift for your significant others, or a pair of these. Choose wisely.
Check out detailed photos of the full line up of kicks in the gallery. We also threw in some picks of the “Texas Longhorn” colorway of the KD V, which are crack.
Photos: Nike Basketball