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Nike Unveils Christmas Shoes For LeBron, Kobe & KD

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The three biggest, brightest lights on Nike Basketball’s tree know what kicks they’ll unbox this Christmas.

The LeBron X, Kobe 8 System and KD V have been wrapped in special themes this year, each featuring a personal story element and a holiday feel.

Check out the photos above and read Nike’s description capsules for this Christmas trio below.

Each of these shoes release in limited numbers at and at select retail locations on December 26th.

Look for LeBron and KD to wear their Christmas shoes against each other when the Heat host 2012 Finals rival OKC on Christmas Day at 5:30pm est on ABC. Kobe is expected to lace his up that day when the Knicks come to L.A. to face the Lakers for a 3pm est start on ABC.


Furthering the diamond inspiration of the LEBRON X, the design team unearths the rarest of diamond colors, red, to serve as the creative muse for this colorway. Highlighted by a sun-washed green, the shoe also features a metallic-like reflection on the vibrant red upper.

Technical benefits of the LEBRON X include full-length visible Nike Zoom cushioning, dynamic Flywire technology and Hyperfuse construction.


In keeping with the snake-inspired design of Kobe Bryant’s latest signature shoe, the KOBE 8 SYSTEM draws inspiration from the rhinoceros viper. The perfect snake skin for a holiday colorway, its bright red and yellow scales mimic a Christmas tree garland – but don’t get too close.

Built for Bryant’s speed and precision, the KOBE 8 SYSTEM features a Nike Engineered Mesh upper, Lunarlon midsole and tactile traction.


As a kid, Kevin Durant recalls getting a video game system one Christmas. Inspired by video game graphics, Nike designers created the upper design, sockliner graphic and tongue tab logo for Durant’s special Christmas Day shoe.

The KD V, Durant’s most technically advanced shoe to date, features the combination of Nike Zoom (forefoot) and Nike Air (heel) cushioning along with Hyperfuse upper and dynamic heel support.

via Nike

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