The Nike LeBron 11 was officially unveiled by Nike today and as we expected, from a performance standpoint, it’s one of the most impressively innovative basketball shoes ever.
Created with a duality of purpose in mind, the shoe is meant to deliver a lightweight ride — in fact it’s LeBron’s lightest signature model to date — as well as fully protective, responsive fit.
The 14.5-ounce shoe starts with a Nike Hyperposite (previously dubbed “Armorposite”) upper, a lightweight derivative of Foamposite that protects and contains while moving with the foot to offer superlative responsiveness.
That Hyperposite lies against Hyperfuse construction and Dynamic Flywire reinforcement, locking down the foot while still allowing for the foot’s natural motion.
Finally, beneath that cutting edge upper, the midsole sports full-length Zoom Air cushioning, further supplemented by Lunarlon foam, offering the height of springy, responsive impact protection.
Beyond the performance-driven construction of the shoe, Nike’s design team also kept a keen eye toward an overall aesthetic inspiration for the shoe and its colorways — duality of the number 11. For example, the sockliner reads “LeBron” from one direction but, when flipped upside down, reads “James.”
The Nike LeBron 11 release date is set for October 12 globally in the “King’s Pride” edition (the Parachute Gold pair we’ve seen several times). Meanwhile, the special LeBron 11 Terracotta Warrior releases October 1 in Greater China and November 27 in the rest of the world. Stay tuned for a look at that colorway later today.