Nike Special Editions for Orlando

February 10th, 2012 by Larry

As we all know, the NBA All-Star Weekend will be taking place in Orlando, FL from February 24-26. Inspired by space exploration, designers at Nike Basketball and Nike Sportswear have created special edition footwear that will be worn by players on and off the court.

Nike Basketball is proud to unveil key colorways celebrating its pinnacle players competing in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. Taking inspiration from space exploration, the collection features a galactic theme on the LeBron 9, Nike Zoom KD IV and Nike Zoom Kobe VII System. Graphics are inspired by the supernova – arguably the most powerful force in the universe – while the outsoles glow in the dark and individual ‘mission patches’ adorn each shoe as a nod to the accolades astronauts receive. The Nike Basketball Orlando Special Editions will be available at select retailers and on February 24th.

The Nike Sportswear collection is inspired by central Florida’s association with space exploration. The collection features a galactic theme of the Nike Dunk in 3 different colorways, Nike Flight One in 2 colorways and a Nike Foamposite One that’s sure to turn heads. Interior graphics pay homage to the phenomenon of the Supernova – arguably the most powerful force in the universe – while fonts and badging are featured within the collection as a nod to Orlando and space. The Nike Sportswear Orlando Special Editions will be available at select retailers and on February 23rd.

Detailed photography of all the footwear after the jump.

Nike Zoom Kobe VII System includes the Attack Fast insert that features a Phylon midsole with Nike Zoom units in the forefoot and heel for the ultimate in lightweight responsiveness. Its sock-like fit eliminates the need for a traditional tongue and innersleeve, keeping the shoe lightweight. The upper’s color features telescopic inspired imagery. Supernova is the primary graphic motif on the upper and ironically gives birth to stars. The mission patch on the heel is a mamba snake as a nod to Kobe.

Nike Zoom KD IV incorporates the new Dynamic Fit system that provides a superior lock-down fit and lateral support. Kevin’s colorway is silver and takes inspiration from the silver suit of a notable Oklahoma astronaut, while his mission patch pays tribute to his reign as “H.O.R.S.E.” champion. The combination of Hyperfuse construction on the upper, Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot and low collar design is a superior lightweight design. The functional graphics “Pull For Lockdown” on the midfoot harness is a key graphic feature.

LeBron 9 is the first Nike shoe to combine Flywire technology and Hyperfuse construction in the upper, a significant technical advancement in footwear. LeBron James, whose home state of Ohio features more astronauts than any other state, will wear a special version of the LeBron 9 that takes inspiration from the orange space suit. Orange, the most visible color to the human eye, helps identify astronauts. Functional graphics “Pull For Lockdown” are featured on the midfoot harness, while the materials are inspired by space suit textures. The midfoot harness wraps around the foot and incorporates Flywire for added strength and lock down support. LeBron’s mission patch, an honor astronauts receive from space exploration duties, is a lion shooting through space.

With a motif inspired by astronaut space suits, the Nike Dunk features a waxed canvas upper emulating training suit material. Military stencil font is prominently featured on the upper and outsole, while the inner lining features the supernova graphic print. Available in three different colors including rogue green, flat gold and blue grey, the Nike Dunk also features a removable tongue top patch and Nike Swoosh.

With the weekend’s festivities returning to Orlando for the first time since 1992, Nike celebrates the legacy of arguably the most popular player in the history of pro basketball in Orlando. Made popular in the mid-90’s, the Nike Flight One makes a comeback in two colorways, with one featuring glow-in-the-dark details on the sole and midsole spheres.

The Nike Foamposite One, showcasing an out-of-this-world galactic print upper, includes a Polyurethane midsole and a Nike Zoom unit in heel for low-profile, responsive cushioning. Made popular in its debut on the college hardwood in 1998, the Foamposite breaks the mold of conventional footwear design.

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