After LeBron James teased a look at his latest collaboration with Nike at the World Headquarters in June, Basketball fanatics and sneaker heads alike have been vying for the next look at the new release and just three months later, it’s almost here. On a quest for further speed and support, the NBA legend is releasing ‘LeBron 17’.

Combining two independent Air Zoom pods with the highest-volume Max Air LeBron has played with, the latest silhouette is promising explosive play, while responding to downhill speed. Adding to the quirky and captivating appearance on the new style, Nike has introduced Knitspot. Evolving the upper construction from Battleknit 2.0 on the LEBRON 16, the LEBRON 17 combines lightweight Flyknit construction with heat-moulded yarns that add structure and colour. The result is durable, supportive and resists stretching.

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“We wanted to blend the knit on the 15 and the strength of the Battleknit on the 16. The result is amazing. Once the heat is applied to the knitting process, you get this jewel-like armoured exoskeleton that’s stuffed with these yarns,” says Petrie. “It’s both structural and soft in the areas it needs to be.”

Boasting a grey and orange colourway, the signature details of LeBron’s collaborations appears on the tongue and combines phrases and symbols including “I’m King”, “LJ” AND “23”.

The LeBron XVII will be released on September 27, retailing for $270 AUD. Cop a look at the design process below.