The LeBron 20 is the first of James’ signature line to debut as a low-top, and features various elements that nod to his past models. A carbon fiber mid-foot shank returns for the first time since the Zoom LeBron 5 and James’ Dunkman logo rests on the outsoles and reappears after last being seen on the LeBron 16. Uppers are fitted with double-stacked Swooshes, “XX” lace dubraes, crown logos on the heels and his signature on the tongues. Forefoot sections of the midsole have been dressed with all-over patterns and host “Chosen1” branding for extra flair and the entire bottoms are supported by an Air Zoom Turbo unit.
“We saw the XX as a chance to celebrate the next 20 years for LeBron,” says Jason Petrie, Senior Footwear Designer for Men’s Basketball and lead designer of the LeBron line since the Zoom LeBron VII. “The stitched tag inside the tongue says, ‘Designed and Engineered to the Exact Specifications of the Next Generation.’ We took that line seriously as we designed the shoe. We had players like LeBron’s sons Bronny and Bryce in mind. We wanted to get in their heads and learn about what young players were looking for.”
Arriving in adults and kids sizes, the Nike LeBron 20 is set to debut on September 29th in its “Time Machine” colorway. Additional releases are to follow throughout the Holiday 2022 season.