LeBron James Debuts the LeBron X During Gold Medal Game

LeBron James, along with the other members of the U.S.A. basketball “Dream Team,” provided fans with a promising power play that led to a gold medal victory over Spain, but LeBron still had one more treat up his sleeve. If avid sneakerheads zoomed in on the feet of the reigning regular season and finals MVP, they might have noticed the new shoes he was sporting during the gold medal game, an obviously big event.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of his partnership with Nike Basketball, LeBron debuted the newest addition to his LeBron shoe line-up: the LeBron X.

The Anatomy of LeBron X

As stated in the press release from Nike, the LeBron X is inspired—both aesthetically and metaphorically—by the precious and indestructible quality of a diamond. The footwear is designed for “dynamic containment, impact protection, and responsiveness” to assist a player’s aggressive performance.

Of course, LeBron would never miss out on the most innovative technologies belonging to the Swoosh. The LeBron X combines four advanced features: dynamic Flywire technology, seamless Hyperfuse construction, revolutionary Nike+ functionality (although there will also be a non-plus version), and the first full-length Zoom Air unit.

Additionally, the shoe offers a lock-down fit, excellent cushioning impact, and a lightweight fit and feel.

The LeBron X Colorways

After LeBron unveiled his newest signature sneaker, which featured a U.S.A.-inspired colorway to match the Olympic team uniform, a couple of other new colorways were leaked. One version features a metallic gold Swoosh alongside matching lion-head lace-locks.

There’s also a “Bred” version, which is wrapped up in a patriotic palette normally associated with the Miami Heat. Another colorway is the “Mango” model, which has orange piping and a speckled Nike Swoosh.

At the moment, details on the LeBron X are still sparse. Whether or not these leaked colorways actually get released remains to be seen.

Price and Availability

According to several reports, the LeBron X is set to release in January 2013. The standard model is tagged at $180, the same as the LeBron 9, while the Nike+ Basketball version is priced at a whopping $315.

After clinching an Olympic gold medal while wearing these sneakers, there’s no doubt that LeBron’s new LeBron X will go down in history.

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Bea Canuel holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and finds her stride in content writing and editing. Aside from being a certified logophile, Bea is also a bookworm and filmaholic in the making, who goes crazy over fashion, sweets, and anything vintage.