Nike Celebrates Sport Royalty in Toronto
Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Paul George and LeBron James have officially set their sights on Toronto All Star 2016. Representing the East and West, respectively, each will showcase pinnacle performance shoes inspired by the city’s royal origins. Decorative badges commemorate individual player achievements while metal, leather and embroidery further embellish the limited-edition footwear.
Paul George will make his fourth All-Star appearance in this special Hyperlive player-edition shoe, with a bold Canadian-red upper, maple-inspired gum outsole and leaf basketball logo. The shoe is recognized for its low-profile silhouette and lockdown support.
Modern blocking, inspired by the classic look of flags spotted throughout Toronto that represent the city’s internationalism, brings a fresh graphic twist to the KD8’s Flyweave upper. Removable patches adorn the heel and tongue, and a white and light blue marble graphic, which references Toronto’s icy winter weather, decorates the outsole.
A sleek black upper with a glowing green pop is a nod to the luminescence of the Northern Lights. Unique molded leather detailing on the heel and tongue gives the KOBE 11 new dimensionality.
The LEBRON 13 features a grey-green upper — reminiscent of the neutral tones of Toronto’s winter — with graphic blocking similar to the KD8. An icy, marbled effect covers the outsole heels of James’s game shoe while pins honor the player’s on-court triumphs.
The Air Audacity brings the power of “The Brow” to the court, complete with a heathered textile upper and an embroidered crest detail on the tongue.
The Nike Basketball Royalty Collection is available February 11 at nike.com and select retail stores. In addition to the five shoes featured above, the collection also includes a backpack, hat, t-shirt, Hyperelite Crew sock and Hypermesh jacket. NIKEiD options, inspired by celebratory basketball moments of February pasts, will also be available.