Nike LeBron 9 Prototype

September 15th, 2011 by | 25 comments


nike lebron 9 prototype summary Nike LeBron 9 Prototype

As we continue to see new Nike LeBron 9 colorways, the sneakerhead sentiment seems to be switching from “let’s wait and see” to “South Beach party part two!”  In short, the two new Miami-derived colorways on the LeBron 9 we’ve seen over the past couple days have earned LeBron James’ ninth Nike Basketball signature a ton of new fans, but could any combination of colors have saved the above pictured prototype?  To be completely fair, these joints were never intended for release and look somewhat fragile, especially when compared to the carbon fiber-paneled LeBron 9 final design, but have you seen this many strings on a hightop this side of John Varvatos’ multi-eye Chucks?  The overall silhouette on these is similar to the final version but with less Hyperfuse, different Flywire placement and a complete and utter lack of branding.  Click through for more angles, let us know how you feel about this early sketch-in-the-flesh and if you think Jason Petrie and co. got it right with the ‘real’ Nike LeBron 9.  via pimpindnice of NT/corkcloth

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25 comments
@BGordy16
@BGordy16

these might just be the prototype for either the elite version or the 10 because it says zoom max on the heel which mean the whole bag is zoom air not max air. If u dont believe me look close at the second picture

debez
debez

fuck plastic shoes hope the finished product looks nothing like these

artofkikboxing
artofkikboxing

dude these are way better then the 9s that are set to be released ... i hope he release these as a PS 9 or somethin ... id wait on line for em

IWILLANNOYYOU
IWILLANNOYYOU

i think this should be the cushion set up for the L9s but they changed their minds... the L9s PS is RIDICULOUS... but i wanna know why when it drops next year for Olympics...

kha_boogie
kha_boogie

looks kinda like a team jordan, i like this toe box better thou and tht flywire(?) wraped around the ankle is cool too

DominicD3
DominicD3

i mean, it's a prototype so it's no where near a refined designed, but i like the direction it was going in, interesting new flywire usage

tylor
tylor

resembling Alien.

chris
chris

look like the Tim Duncan sig shoe from back in the early 00's

xliveforsolex
xliveforsolex

These look like something edward scissorhands would wear.

Big_Infinite
Big_Infinite

looks like sum shoes swamp thing would wear lol

GWB
GWB

To me these look like they would be the prototype for the 8's...... No?

BruceBruce
BruceBruce

they are shaped just like the 8's.

NYDCB
NYDCB

Jason Petrie designed the 9's as well?

Joe
Joe

It is just a prototype and if they kept tweaking this design it would definitely look better than the garbage 9s they are releasing. The only hope is they make like 7 versions of this shoe like last year and maybe a nice design will pop up.

Tanner
Tanner

YIKES...so glad they went with the OTHER design...the 9 looks amazing but this prototype....EHHHHHHHHHHHHHH FAIL (OF EPIC EPIC PROFOUND PROPORTIONSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

rose
rose

the only thing good about these is the shape, but the materials and designs is at best anti-fresh and probably more suiting a diaster. But i do think they should have retained the full length air max, the shape of the upper and the lacing system on the real lebron 9, cuz as of now im not really feeling the real lebron 9s either!

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