Traction, cushion, upper materials, fit, lockdown, support – the list goes on – but a topic that is scarcely talked about are the special features and technology that goes into NBA athlete Player Edition shoes, or PEs. We now take a look at LeBron James’ seventeenth signature shoe, the Nike LeBron 17, that features substantial outriggers, something that is not featured on the retail versions consumers receive.
For a brief recap, the Nike LeBron 15 retail pairs also did not feature outriggers, but the LeBron 16 did as a standard feature. Fast forward to the 17, substantial outriggers are nonexistent besides the player edition pairs. For some closure on what we describe as “substantial” outriggers, the LeBron 17 retail pairs do feature outriggers, but the 17 PEs are much more substantial and protrude out much more than the retail 17s. See the comparison below.
The differences from the retail pairs to LeBron’s pair of 17s is actually quite different from the retail versions, despite not looking quite contrasting from an initial glance. LeBron himself wears orthotics in his shoes, just like any other NBA player, and his PEs he wears throughout games additionally sit lower to the ground than the retail pairs. As seen via the photos below, James receives outriggers at the lateral heel, midfoot Zoom Bag, and the forefoot rubber. The midsole itself is also thinned out quite a bit in comparison to the retail versions.
Let us know if you think we should be receiving the additional features that the King’s PEs have, or if the retail versions of the regular Nike LeBron 17 are just fine for consumers. Are they worth $200? Keep it locked here for more updates on the King’s kicks throughout the season.