In his 20 seasons as a professional NBA basketball player, LeBron James has accomplished more than initially anticipated. As “the youngster from Akron” nears the conclusion of his career, he contemplates the next generation.
Recently, the Nike LeBron 20 debuted in a “NXXT”-inspired outfit. The next Zoom Air-assisted low-top shoe (which many have compared to something from the Nike Kobe series) goes a step further. “NXXT” branding appears on the sockliners of the pair, employing the Roman numerals for “20” as a pun on “NEXT.” The design has a split color scheme between the left and right sneakers, alluding to previous mismatched releases from James and Nike.
The bulk of the left sneaker has a striking blue finish, in contrast to the right shoe’s striking orange finish. The upper’s textile structure has a semi-perceivable pattern that adds individuality to the experimental offering. Layered profile swooshes and highlights on the tongue provide pink flare, maybe as a nod to the legendary “South Beach” LeBron 8. Underfoot, the sole unit of the LeBron 20 is pretty plain, with celebratory traction patterns in the different tones of the shoe’s sides.
Enjoy an unusually early peek at the pair below, courtesy of Instagram user @kicksdong, as you await official Nike.com release information in the near future.
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