The latest LeBron James signature, the Nike Air Zoom LeBron V China Edition, previewed in Shanghai and launched throughout retail locations in China on October 18th. This edition marked the 3rd LeBron signature to be solely designed for the Chinese market, a growing fan base with appetite for basketball.
Similar to the previous Air Zoom LeBron China edition, the new LeBron V incorporated key elements of the imposing landmark, the Forbidden City, and more. First, the extensive laser-etched, gold inlay graphics found thorough out, with depictions of the famous Nine Mythical Creatures, floorplans and lattice work within the former home of Chinese imperial family. Hidden images of City of Rivers and Mountains can be found on the arch of the sneaker. Around the toe cap, the dragons which guard the Forbidden City are etched on as well.
In addition to much of the cultural references, the sneaker still retain its technical traits as a performance footwear – Dynamic Fit sleeve insole for a better fit, full length Zoom Air unit, carbon-fiber spring plate for responsiveness and etc… The sneaker also entailed LeBron’s signature logo, the lion, and a map of Akron, Ohio, his hometown, on the sole.
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