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Nike unveils extraterrestrial-inspired basketball shoe for NBA All-Star Game

Daily Dose: LeBron X to release in vibrant special edition colorway

Nike unveiled a special edition of the LeBron X basketball shoe in honor of next week's NBA All-Star Game in Houston. / Nike

What: LeBron X “Extraterrestrial” Basketball Shoe
When: Feb. 15
Where: nike.com
The Scoop: Welcome to NSP-LJ6, aka the planet where LeBron James was created. He's rumored to have journeyed to earth on a meteor made of black diamonds. 

Confused? Don't be. It's all a mythical backstory Nike plays up as part of a fictional “Nike Space Program” (NSP), which includes a LeBron X “Extraterrestrial” basketball sneaker.

The special edition LeBron X was created in honor of next week’s NBA All-Star Game in Houston. The shoe’s design is inspired by the mission control center in Texas and its ties to space exploration, hence the outlandish narrative.

The shoe shows off a distinctive purple and red color palette. On the performance end, expect a full-length Nike Zoom unit, which cushions the foot and offers a responsive feel. The midfoot integrates a technology called Flywire, which the brand says provides lightweight, adaptive support and helps lock down the foot. An asymmetrical collar, cut higher on the medial side, provides support; the cut is lower on the lateral side to allow for better flexibility.



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