Nike has big plans for Black History Month, the most recognizable of which will appear on the NBA hardwood in the form of fresh new colorways of the LeBron 13, KD8, Kyrie 2 and Kobe 11. Scroll through the photos above to get a closer look at those models and much, much more from the Swoosh coming soon. And check below for all the details, straight from Nike:
Serena Williams’s perpetual drive to trump expectations, break records and redefine a sport. Kobe Bryant’s phenomenal 81-point game for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006. Sanya Richards-Ross’ gold-medal-winning 400-meter race. Chris Paul’s off-court drive to level the playing field. These pivotal performances and seminal individuals rewrote history and catalyzed community — they also serve as the driving inspiration behind the 2016 Black History Month collection.
Since its debut in 2005, Nike’s annual Nike Black History Month collection has evolved from a single Nike Air Force 1 to an extensive product assortment that pays homage to the achievements of black athletes worldwide. The limited-edition 2016 collection, with staggered launches running from January to mid-February, features a vibrant cascade of 28 products, spanning tennis, basketball, football, running, Nike iD and Jordan Brand. Its distinctly global sensibility is reflected in a vivid Pan African-inspired color palette, with custom geometric motifs.
The collection kicks off with Basketball footwear releases including the LEBRON 13, KD8, KYRIE 2 and the KOBE 11. Signature models from Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will also be offered in youth sizes. Other category launches include: Air Force 1, Nike Air Footscape Magista and Nike Roshe One (including an additional BHM-themed Roshe One Nike iD offering) from Nike Sportswear; NikeCourt Flare footwear from Tennis; Streak LT 3 footwear from Running; and the Air Jordan 1 Nouveau and AJ1 High for girls from Jordan Brand. A BHM-themed Magista Obra FG boot and Jordan Spike 40 follow in February. BHM apparel comprises hoodies, T-shirts and shorts.
The Black History Month collection honors and celebrates Black heritage, in sport and beyond, around the world while also providing financial support to Nike’s Ever Higher Fund, which was created to bring mentorship, sport and all of its benefits to African American youth.
Nike is proud to support numerous national and local organizations that provide services to underrepresented youth, including African American youth, during the year, through community development, coaching, city league sport programs, and early childhood development programs. Long-time partners include the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, National Head Start and Coach Across America.
Nike Air Force 1 High “BHM” $129.99
Another update of a classic, the Nike Air Force One High offers timeless style in a sleek package.
- The leather upper with an ankle strap enhances style and support.
- The soft PU midsole includes a full-length Air-Sole® unit for superior cushioning.
- The rubber outsole has a pivot point for traction and durability.
Nike LeBron 13 ‘BHM’ $219.99
It’s back and better than ever. Utilizing the new Zoom L.E.A.P. system, the 13 is designed to maximize explosiveness. Its sleek upper design and dynamic Flywire cables are lean and light, yet durable and strong — Just like LeBron.
- Multi-density layers for lightweight comfort and support.
- Flywire cables extend from midfoot to wrap around your heel for lockdown.
- Zoom L.E.A.P. system enhances propulsion and responsiveness.
- Full-length Phylon for lightweight cushioning and stability.
- Four independent Zoom Air units on the forefoot for low-profile, flexible, and responsive cushioning.
- Two Zoom Air units located under the heel and first met head are 13mm thick for response.
Nike Kyrie 2 ‘BHM’ $119.99
The second coming of the only shoe Kyrie trusts to elevate his filthy handles.
- Blends lightweight, zonal support with responsive cushioning.
- Visible curve in outsole allows for smooth lateral transitions.
- Hyperfuse construction offers durability, breathability, and support.
- Midfoot straps lockdown the foot.
- Molded channels in the mesh upper allow the shoe to flex with the foot.
- Lightweight Zoom Air unit in the heel for responsive, low-profile cushioning.
- Minimal cushioning in the forefoot for court feel.
Nike KD8 ‘BHM’ $199.99
The 8th generation of KD’s are the lightest to date, thanks to new Nike Flyweave construction.
- Nike Flyweave construction for lightweight, flexible support and lockdown.
- Flywire cables on the forefoot help lock you down during hard cuts.
- Phylon for lightweight cushioning.
- Articulated Zoom Air unit for responsiveness that moves with you for control.
- Rubber for durability and traction on the hardwood court.
- Outsole pattern is inspired by the upper’s construction for multidirectional traction.
Nike Kobe 11 Elite Low ‘BHM’ $219.99
Kobe may be retiring, but his shoe game is stronger than ever with Nike’s latest installment: The Kobe 11.
- Durable Flyknit constructed upper for lightweight durability.
- Zoom Air unit in heel gives maximum response.
- Low-top design for range of motion.
- Full-length Lunarlon foam for soft cushioning.
- Translucent rubber, micro-tread pattern provides grip for multidirectional movement.