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The 2014 Nike Basketball Christmas Collection

Nike Basketball’s signature athletes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are celebrating Christmas with festive kicks that tell unique holiday stories. The Nike Basketball Christmas Collection features the triumvirate of signature kicks: Bryant’s KOBE 9, Durant’s KD 7 and James’s LEBRON 12.

Designed to the specifications of Bryant’s fluid style of play, the KOBE 9 is the first basketball shoe to feature Nike Flyknit technology.  The KOBE 9 gets a festive makeover highlighting its knitted aesthetic with a red and white Flyknit upper, taking inspiration from a knit stocking.  Supple leather textures on the tongue and overlays give the shoe a premium feel, accented by a marbled outsole resembling candy canes.  Inside, the shoe reads “Mamba’s Greetings,” a hidden detail from Bryant on the inner tongue.

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Driven by a design philosophy to stay light and locked down during sharp cuts, the KD 7 features dynamic Flywire technology, Hyperposite construction and Zoom Air cushioning.  The shoe continues to bring Durant’s personal stories to life – this time paying tribute to his favorite holiday beverage, egg nog.  A red Hyperposite heel integrates glossy flecks emulating the condensation on a glass of egg nog.  “Fresh Since ’88,” Durant’s birth year, emblazons the shoe’s sock liner as a tribute to the holiday beverage Durant has enjoyed since childhood.

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The LEBRON 12 was developed to meet James’s performance needs based on research from the Nike Sport Research Lab. Nike Zoom Air technology is brought to a new level on this shoe.  The emerald green base combines with the shoe’s photorealistic camouflage upper on the Hyperposite shell. The camo pattern is inspired by Akron, Ohio’s winter weather and includes a birch tree pattern. Black and Hyperpunch micro dots integrate into the camo pattern for a seasonal touch. A notable subtlety of this shoe is the snowflake formed by small hexagons on the tongue loop.

The 2014 Nike Basketball Christmas Collection is available globally December, 26 on nike.com and at select retail locations.

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all images courtesy of NIKE