Take an official look at some of the shoes Nike athletes will be strapping up to battle in (and possibly get epic with) over the course of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Included are Nike images of the Zoom Kobe VI, LeBron 8 PS, Zoom KD III and Air Max Flight ’11. Nike product descriptions and full-sized photos below. All kicks available at retail now…
Nike Zoom Kobe VI:
Ferocious. Venomous. Striking with quick and deadly precision.
There are many reasons to fear the Black Mamba.
All of them are justified.
Kobe’s challenge to designers was simple: build a sixth signature shoe capable of taking him all the way to another championship. They answered the call with the Nike Zoom Kobe VI, a shoe like “the Black Mamba” himself, capable of reshaping the game. They began by creating a customizable performance fit system that molds to the foot. Light, durable and breathable Flywire technology and a molded outer shell provide sculpted support, while a contoured sockliner conforms to Kobe’s specific anatomy. Design cues reference Kobe’s alter ego, with polyurethane islands to enhance durability. And with the lightest version weighing just 10.6 ounces*, the Nike Zoom Kobe VI is lighter than ever, freeing Kobe to execute the triangle triple-post offense in top gear. Kobe will debut the new colorway as he takes his killer instincts to the court in his quest to win it all—again.
Moldable upper materials with new Flywire construction create a dynamic, lightweight fit with an Achilles notch for greater comfort.
Contoured, conforming sockliner molds itself to the foot’s specific shape.
Higher density, full-length injected Phylon, specifically formulated for basketball, combines with a lightweight Nike Zoom unit in the heel to deliver ultra-responsive cushioning.
Black mamba-inspired traction features a zonally engineered pattern and flex grooves for quick, precise cuts.
Low cut profile for multi-directional cutting and responsiveness on court.
*(US men’s size 9.0 shoe)
Nike LeBron 8 PS:
Class is over. It’s time to take the test.
Specifically geared for go-time.
Built around LeBron’s impenetrable game utilizing power, size and speed, the LEBRON 8 PS is lighter, lower to the ground, more responsive and designed expressly to take LeBron through the post season. LeBron’s first signature shoe to use Hyperfuse construction, the LEBRON 8 PS comes in 1.5 ounces* lighter than the regular season model, keeping his shoe lightweight, supportive, breathable and durable. The LEBRON 8 PS is the perfect weapon for the sprint at the end of the marathon, when the smallest edge can win a game, validate a season and forever change a career.
Hyperfuse construction melts three unique materials together to form an upper with triple threat game: the first layer is made of synthetic underlays strategically placed for support, the second of mesh for ventilation, and the top is made of a thin layer of TPU that is placed in high-wear areas for durability.
Padding the Stats:
A Max Air 180 unit in the heel and a Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot give the LEBRON 8 PS baseline-to-baseline cushioning.
A full-length Cushlon midsole provides soft, resilient and durable cushioning and comfort.
Cut and Run:
The solid rubber outsole’s herringbone pattern and outrigger provide the traction, quickness and lateral stability to see—and play—the whole court.
Exaggerated flex grooves in the forefoot and heel expose the midsole foam to help reduce the overall weight of the shoe.
*(US men’s size 9.0 shoe)
Nike Zoom KD III:
Engineered to be unbelievably strong.
Offers incredible stability. Provides maximum lightness.
Kevin Durant’s main request to his shoe designers was for them create a basketball shoe with high performance attributes accessible to anyone on his team. The result was the Nike Zoom KD III, providing exceptional support, durability, stability and cushioning to anyone playing the 3-spot in one lightweight package. With a Nike Zoom unit and Flywire technology, the Nike Zoom KD III takes on-court responsiveness to new heights, making Durantula-like lateral cuts and slashing moves to the basket easy and precise. And a plush lining and internal collar make the Nike Zoom KD III as comfortable as it is efficient. The updated colorway, inspired by the playoffs, is designed for extended battles night in and night out throughout postseason play.
Versatile support and stability:
Upper with Flywire technology, asymmetrical mesh tongue and an internal collar deliver a lightweight, breathable fit.
Injection molded TPU midfoot shank provides stability and torsional rigidity when making quick lateral movements on the court.
Cushioning and responsiveness:
Nike Zoom unit and a Phylon midsole provide superior lightweight cushioning.
Multi-directional herringbone pattern outsole with flex grooves provides on-court responsiveness.
Attention to detail:
Five lightning bolts come together on the outsole to represent KD’s team.
Piano keys near the heel and midfoot of the outsole represent KD’s love of music.
BF62 repeat pattern throughout the outsole is a nod to the legendary game where KD scored 62 points at Barry Farms in his home town of Washington D.C.
Nike Air Max Flight 11:
For all games and all players.
Finally, a shoe for all games. With Flywire technology and Air Max cushioning, the Air Max Flight 11 goes the length of the court, giving protection to bangers, comfort to high flyers, and a tight fit for lockdown defenders… and anyone else ready to ball.
A Phylon midsole and Air Max unit give post players back-down-on-the-block strength, but is light enough for the wing.
Upper Body Strength:
Flywire technology creates a lightweight, protective upper to keep the legs fresh until the final buzzer.
A 5/8 height provides the flexibility of a low top, but the additional ankle protection of a higher cut shoe.
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