The evolution of cushioning in the Lebron line is testament to a long-term partnership that has spearheaded game-changing innovations in two formats of Nike Air: Zoom and Max.
Together, these two facets of Air have worked either singularly or in tandem to support James's design and performance goals, and fundamentally shift how we consider basketball shoes.
The shoe housed the first full-length Max Air unit specifically engineered for basketball, which featured a slight downward slope from the heel to the forefoot.
A full-length, low profile Air Zoom unit was employed for the XI, a shoe that sought to balance an indestructible fortitude with malleability.
With a network of 8mm Air Zoom pods, the LEBRON XII balanced responsive cushioning with new principles in natural foot motion.
The XV’s Zoom Air Unit formed a basis for the XVI too, the visible system helping provide strength, stability and impact protection.
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