LeBron James debuted the LeBron 14 today in a game that served as a special gift from the NBA to all of its fans on Christmas Day. The Cavaliers faced off against the Warriors for the first time since hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy at Oracle Arena back in June. This was another instant classic as the Cavaliers came back from down 14, a charge spearheaded by Kyrie Irving and his go-ahead fadeaway to win 109-108. Nike Basketball had something in store for the nationally televised Finals rematch too, as earlier today they dropped the first look at the Nike LeBron 14.
We knew that the Nike LeBron 14 would feature a strap based on early reports from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and a short, grainy black and white video of LeBron practicing in his new model. What’s surprising about the shoe is how much weight it sheds. There’s no more Hyperposite material for a hard exoskeleton. Instead, the Nike LeBron 14 features a dual-zone composite slip-on upper featuring the latest in engineered laser perforation. It’s said to fit closer to the foot for additional comfort, but it’s also a design that’s sleek enough to hold its own off the court.
This might explain the decidedly ACRONYM-esque aesthetic, as the side panel features nearly identical forefoot panels when compared to the sought after Presto collaboration. The Nike LeBron 14 Christmas Day was a predominantly subdued grey colorway that featured hits of Hot Lava in the form of a sleek stripe down the side, and Nike’s signature Volt on the Swoosh branding found on the midfoot strap. Other technical specifications include new Zoom Air units on the outsole in an icy blue. The Cavs won a hard-fought matchup against a Warriors team that now has Kevin Durant in its starting lineup, but is the Nike LeBron 14 a win? Check out more on-foot photos below and know that a release date and pricing info is coming soon.
Source: Michael Johnson