Each year, Nike Basketball creates a special, festive series of colorways for their big three signature models — those of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant — and this year figures to be one of the best in recent memory. Introducing the Nike Basketball Christmas 2013 collection, releasing December 26 in limited quantities.
The Nike LeBron 11 Christmas looks to bring traditional seasonal spirit to Miami despite the dearth of snow. A mint upper commingles with red accents for a festive palette, while the former color also dons a unique snowflake-on-palm-tree pattern. The result is a kaleidoscopic “palmsicle” print.
The Nike Kobe 8 Christmas meanwhile is a visual representation of the snake-inspired Kobe 8 “shedding its skin,” as it metamporphosizes into the Kobe 9 Elite. That concept is achieved with an aggressive snakeskin pattern that’s actually three-dimensional, attched to a translucent mesh shroud. Neon green and chrome gold complete the shoe, adding a bit of Christmas color.
Finally, the Nike KD VI Christmas is perhaps the most overtly festive. A green midsole starkly contrasts the red upper, with the latter sporting on its medial side a sweater-styled Fair Isle pattern that incorporates trees, snowflakes and Kevin Durant’s number 35.
All three Nike Basketball Christmas 2013 shoes release on December 26, and will be available at select retail stores and on Nike.com.
26 December 2013
Nike LeBron 11
Green Glow/Light Crimson-Arctic Green
Style #: 616175-301
Nike Kobe 8 System SS
Black/Electric Green-Cool Grey-Metallic Gold
Style #: 639522-001
Nike KD VI
Light Crimson/Metallic Gold-Green Glow
Style #: 599424-601