17 seasons into his GOAT-level career, LeBron James has more than a few memorable moments under his belt — so Nike is paying homage to the King’s climb to the top with the new LeBron 18 “Reflections.” One of the first colorways of James’s eighteenth signature Nike Basketball shoe to hit shelves, the “Reflections” is loaded with special details. However, even with all its ornamentation, it never feels overpowering.
Uppers are constructed of a black Knitposite 2.0 forefoot and midfoot, flecked with white and gold. This build starts with a low-slung toebox, then rises aggressively upwards towards the ankle. Heels are made of a more standard black synthetic, secured by a plastic clip that provides the shoe’s most notable detail. This clip supplies an all-over print with everything from nets to LeBron’s silhouette, gold chains, tire tracks and chain-link fences. The assemblage drops down onto the heel and is also repeated on each purple-tinted tongue, topped off by a large crown.
Left and right shoes alternate between blue and gold on the laces, heel tabs and forefoot Swooshes. Midsoles and outsoles offer similar asymmetrical colorblocking, thanks to the use of multiple blue and earth-tinted hues. Finally, heels boast a hybrid cushioning setup, sandwiching Zoom Air and Air Max together for speed, support and explosion.
The Nike LeBron 18 “Reflections” recently released via Nike’s overseas outposts plus retailers like Foot Locker, and is currently sold out. However, many other colorways are set to debut in the coming weeks.
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