March 8th, 2012 by John K.
The Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite has been one of the top trending topics in the sneaker game at the moment, a shoe that revealed a number of tech upgrades as well as a $60 price increase from the Attack Fast release of the Kobe System. While that bump in price seems rather heady, the LeBron 9 to LeBron 9 P.S. Elite beats that increase by $10, as the $170 LeBron 9 will shoot up to an MSRP of $250 for the Elite, currently set for a debut in April 20th (starting with the ‘Away’ Black/Gold colorway. While no pictures of the Elite 9 have surfaced just yet, we can make some educated guesses on what the shoe could possibly entail if we were to extrapolate the Kobe VII Elite details onto the LeBron. What we do have here is a look at the box packaging of the LeBron 9 P.S. Elite, which features the carbon fiber graphic pattern and a rainbow-holographic effect on the LJ crown logo on the upper face of the box. This particular box is for an Energy release, with a colorway marked as Wolf Grey/Minty Candy-New Green-Pink Flash. Do these pink laces point a South Beach-like colorway? Check out the images of the box below and be sure to stick with Sneaker News for more updates on the LeBron 9 P.S. Elite. via pr_again/MN
Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite
Wolf Grey/Mint Candy-New Green-Pink Flash
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December 19th, 2011 by John K.
In 2012, Nike Basketball will raise the bar in basketball performance technology by releasing the Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite – the second overall installment of the Nike LeBron 9 featuring prime cuts of design concept and performance engineering. While sneakerheads were surely excited for the upcoming release, the $250 price-tag raised a few eye-brows, with the valid question of “Is $250 sneaker worth the money?” rising from the debate. $250 easily sets the mark as the highest priced Nike Basketball shoe of this generation, but the manufacturers are catering to two distinct demographics – the ballers and the sneakerheads. Would either sample group drop $250 on a pair of sneakers? That number is rather tame compared to the high-end football boots, which often run in the $400 range, but in America, it’s a figure we’re certainly not accustomed to (nor would anyone agree that basketball sneakers are ready to move up in price).
Sneaker News first showed you these interesting detailed images of this LeBron 9 shoe back in mid-September, referring to it a Prototype sample (likely the Elite). Now that we know that this is the majority of the structural building block of the P.S. Elite, we can now pinpoint some of the key design features. For one, the exposed and thicker Flywire cables are something new to the Nike LeBron line, but this could be just an endoskeleton of the shoe. Another noteworthy detail is the cushioning unit, which is neither full-length Max Air nor Max/Zoom combo, but what appears to be a full-length, basketball-specific, visible Zoom Air unit. The silhouette of the P.S. Elite is similar to that of the LeBron 9, but gone is the weave-wing panel, which has been replaced by ample Flywire-laden sheets that wrap the heel and up to the ankle. Take a look once more at the Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite below and let us know what you think of the shoe. via cork
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that the prototype sample seen here is not actually the LeBron 9 P.S., but hopefully we may be seeing something similar a little further into the future.
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September 15th, 2011 by John K.
In 2003, High School basketball phenom LeBron James was selected first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, chosen ahead of proven collegiate-level players like Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. Nike Basketball recognized the explosive potential bottled in the teenager, which is why a $90 million contract offer to make LeBron James the next great Nike athlete seemed like a shrewd move. The Nike LeBron legacy began with the Air Zoom Generation and has continued forward to eight outstanding installments, with each edition being a proud owner of state-of-the-art technology and avant garde design – a simple formula that has powered Nike to the uppermost tier in athletic outfitting. Of course, there is indeed a price to pay if you wish to lace up your feet with sneakers engineered to the exact specifications of one of the greatest athletes in the world, and the Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite is about to stretch the limits of what we simply call ‘kicks’ into the realm of high-end performance footwear.
The Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite is currently slated to release during the Summer 2012 season with a whopping $250 MSRP. Boasting the best of what Nike Basketball has to offer, the P.S. Elite will be powered by a combination of Hyperfuse with low-stretch Flywire cables, carbon fiber reinforcements, and a meticulously engineered Max Air/Zoom Air cushioning unit. The Nike LeBron signature line is recognized as the most advanced Nike Basketball shoe on the market, and with the $250 price-tag being more than a 50% increase in price of the most expensive LeBron sneaker ever created, should we expect a proportional increase in performance upgrades? This isn’t the first instance in which Nike has priced an everyday-wearable sneaker so high, and if history does have the pesky tendency to repeat itself, will the P.S. Elite flop, just like the Air Pressure (with inflation, a lot more than $250), Air Foamposite One, and even the recent ACG Bakin’ Posite Boot?
Aside from the $250 price-tag set for the LeBron 9 P.S. Elite, take note of the $10 hike implemented on the Nike LeBron 9. This was expected as Nike had plans to increase prices across the board as a means to reach its ambitious goal of becoming a $27 billion company by 2015, so consumers didn’t expect much more in terms of design and performance from a $10 bump. So what can one expect from a $250 performance basketball shoe? A sneaker can only help you jump higher and run faster only to a certain degree. Unfortunately, that won’t be determined until we get full information on the big picture of the Nike LeBron 9 P.S. Elite, but let’s hear your opinions. Is a $250 Nike Basketball shoe a sign of greater things to come from the world’s greatest athletic performance brand? via CK.
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