Remember when Nike gave their three biggest basketball players outer space-themed shoes for the All-Star Game? I really hope so, because that was only like a month ago. But if not, it’s OK to forget about that because there is a new concept pack in town — it’s Nike’s Elite Series 2.0 and it’s superhero-themed because space is so last month.

The Elite Series 2.0 is a continuation of last year’s Elite Series (duh) which itself was a continuation of Nike hooking it’s premier players up with some special shoes for the postseason. (The Lakers better make the playoffs, otherwise, awwwwwk-ward.) All of the shoes are updated versions of the players’ signature shoes, with the main addition being new tech in the form of Kevlar aramid, articulated foam, and carbon fiber reinforcements to make the shoes light and strong. You know, like a superhero’s armor, only significantly less metal.

Style-wise, the colors are a bit strange. LeBron’s are in Knicks colors, Kevin Durant is wearing oversaturated Golden State Warriors blue and yellow and Kobe Bryant is in, gasp, Celtics green which is something we’ve seen before but still feels wrong. I’m sure the real ones they’re going to wear on court will be team appropriate, but for now this is all we’ve seen. Not that the shoes don’t look awesome — I particularly like the low-cut KD V, which reminds me of Roger Federer’s kicks in a very good way — but it is always odd when the first version you see of a shoe doesn’t match the player’s team. Though, to be fair, superheroes tend to match their armor and not their favorite sporting franchise. I mean, Spider-Man would never wear orange and blue shoes.

All three shoes release April 28 and I’m sure they’ll be more expensive than the standard versions of these shoes, what with all that fancy stuff added. No idea if the rest of the armor comes with the shoes, but if not, it’s probably pretty easy to make it yourself. After all, Tony Stark built an entire suit of armor AND arc reactor while trapped in a cave, so I’m sure you can handle a chest plate and some metal leggings.

Lots of pics after the jump. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.

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Comments (28)

  1. Those are horr-awful

  2. Lebron’s superpowers include the ability to regenerate his receding hairline too.

  3. In that photo it looks like Super Bron’s power is hair restoration

  4. Green Mambas?

    Did everyone forget that Kobe plays for the Lakers?

    Dr. Buss isn’t even cold yet.

    C’mon, son.

  5. Durant’s would be the only pair I would consider purchasing

  6. Maybe I’m just getting old, but basketball shoes are ass ugly now! I was looking for a new pair last month and couldn’t find anything I liked. Everything was a little too bright, loud, and busy for my taste. I wound up buying some retro Nikes.

  7. So LeBron plays for the Knicks, Kobe for the Celtics, and KD for the Warriors, got it.

  8. very ugly. The shoes the suits, everything.

  9. Is KD’s a nod to Static Shock? with him being a Thunder and everything. The shoe’s colour scheme is similar too.

  10. Oooooooh somebody is going to get all pissed off at Nike for placing him behind Lebron and not-in-the-middle on that drawing by Nike.

  11. By the way, was the artist customizing Sheppard to play ME and ended up creating Super Lebron?

  12. It’s not the shoes that are the problem here! They’re not bad, actually. It’s those ridiculous ads. “Superheroes are like, so in right now.” Sigh.

  13. Kobe’s legs look kinda fat.

  14. who is responsible for this nonsense

  15. This belongs in a SomethingAwful Photoshop Phriday entry.

  16. I like the Durant ones. The lacing on the outside looks cool i think.

  17. God we are falling further and further into the New Jack 90′s as a culture. Why don’t we just have the PR team for Brand Nubian and Tribe Called Quest design sneakers….?

  18. LeBron’s look like something a 5 year old would wear and kobe’s the colur is way off, kd shoe looks the best of the three.

  19. LeBron looks like he’s about to go play Halo. Kobe looks like he is a gymnast.
    KD’s shoes are nice with the flubber on the sole.

  20. I like the shoes. actually i like all three. Wont buy any of them though. LOL

  21. Why is it suddenly a fad to wear shoes that are nowhere remotely close to your team colors?

  22. los nike mas bonitos son los de kobe

  23. Dont hate cause BRON-BRONS hair line is powerful he just has agift from GOD thats like noother and hes the BEST NO QUESTIONS but if you could tell he did cover it up

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