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Model: LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred”
Key Features: Battleknit 2.0 construction, slightly lowered collar height, gusseted leather tongue allowing for seamless entry, refined Air Max cushioning throughout the tooling, “LJ” crown logo on the tongues, embossed lion head motif placed on the heels, outsole features a silhouette of LeBron James.
Release Date: September 20
Editor’s Notes: After LeBron James unveiled his next signature sneaker with the Nike LeBron 16 last month, the Swoosh has officially introduced the silhouette in a new “Fred Bred” colorway. It follows the recent drop of the women’s exclusive “HFR” edition.
Lead designer Jason Petrie, who’s worked on every LeBron signature since the LeBron 7, explains that the new LeBron 16 introduces Battleknit 2.0, an updated version of the scalloped knit featured on the Lebron 15. The difference with the new Battleknit 2.0, is that its structure increases tensile strength.
In addition, the silhouette’s other notable feature is its height. With the direction of LBJ, Petrie designed the shoe with a lower collar, which allows James to move more freely. “The first thing we wanted to do was get a little lower in the cut of the shoe,” says James. “I wanted to get a little faster, ride a little bit closer to the court and be a little bit more dynamic.”
Petrie also talks about the revamped tooling. “LeBron liked the cushioning so much last year that we just focused on refining it,” says Petrie. “For this addition, we removed the tendril that connected the forefoot to the under-toe bag, and instead included an outrigger to create some additional support to complement the lower height.”
Availability for the “Fresh Bred” Nike LeBron 16 is scheduled for September 20, with more colorways to follow throughout the year. For more details, head over to Nike.
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