The latest LeBron is here. Visiting the Chicago Bulls, LeBron James chose the Windy City to debut the Nike LeBron 11 Elite. Captured in a photo by Jim Ice, this retooled rendition of the LeBron 11 is prime for the playoffs and possibly redefined for LeBron’s feet. Over the course of the season, LeBron has favored the Nike Zoom Soldier VII over that of the LeBron 11. If this game is any indication, we could see James rocking the LeBron 11 Elite through the rest of the regular season and throughout the playoffs. Let us know what you think of the Nike LeBron 11 Elite in the comment section.
The Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago” is coming back. Last released four years ago with an aged midsole, the canvas kicks are returning in super clean fashion. White, red and black round out this rendition, baring Swoosh, Wings and Nike Air branding. A leather collar provides contrast on the upper, capping off the “Chicago” colorway. Get a preview of this AJKO via Wish ATL and look for these to launch at select Jordan Brand accounts nationwide this Saturday.
It’s been a day for debuts. After LeBron James’ break out of the Nike LeBron 11 Elite in Chicago, Russell Westbrook chose Hollywood for the first wear of his Air Jordan 10 PE. Following in the footsteps of the Chris Paul pair, this AJ10 exclusive features a black base, Thunder team colors down the tongue, icy outsoles and Westbrook’s jersey number tagging the ankle. While Russ eventually switched to the Air Jordan XX8 SE, these did get some hardwood TV time. Peep a close up shot from Sole Collector above and look for more in tomorrow morning’s Kicks On Court.
From battling bots to knitted boot showdowns, this week’s The Good, the Bad & the Ugly features stories from across the sneaker landscape. Click through the pages below to see the latest GBU picks, and let us know your thoughts on the last seven days in sneakers in the comments.
Weekly favorites around the Nice Kicks office are spread all over the map in this rendition of Staff Picks. From collaborations and retro basketball models to brand new PEs, a wide array of brands had a strong week. Click through our personal selections in the following pages, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for all of your sneaker news and information.
Individuals looking to purchase one of the high energy releases from Nike today, such as the Air Jordan 3 “Infrared 23″ or Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Perspective”, encountered a new checkout step from Confident Technologies meant to counter bots. Purchasers were asked to match words to pictures in order to verify they were a real person prior to checkout, an image of which you can see in the photo above shared by @TinoTheFilipino on Twitter. While it is not known which future releases will employ this image-based authentication process, consumers can be sure Nike will continue to explore ways to battle sneaker bots. Are you a fan of the photo verification step? Let us know in the comment section.