Thanks to Fast Pass, the Nike LeBron 17 has been put on the chopping block, and this is your first look at the Nike LeBron 17 deconstructed.
Beginning with the shoe completely cut down the middle, we can see the whole structure of the shoe exposed. A full nylon underlay can be seen to structure the Knitposite material, while a foam makes up the majority of the heel Air Max 270° unit, which is interesting because that would mean the Air is just on the sides of the shoe.
More images show a nylon underlay to the shoe, giving it more structure.
As we can see the Knitposite is backed by nylon for more support, which is interesting to say the least, because the heat welded overlays in the Knitposite is supposed to be strong enough to contain LeBron’s foot, but needs more underlying support to keep its structure.
Now we can see the shoe’s upper has three main layers of material. The first two layers being a nylon/thin fabric material for structure, than the beef of the shoe comes from the Knitposite.
We can see from the midsole deconstruction, the shoe uses a full lateral caging system for the Air Max bag and forefoot Zoom Air bags.
The Nike LeBron 17 also uses two circular forefoot Zoom Air bags. They come in at about 51 mm in width, and 16.5 mm thick, which is over a half an inch thick.
From the photos below, we can see the heel Air Max 270° bag is actually mostly made up of foam. The heel is mainly a dual density foam set-up (black and purple foam), while the actual Air to the cushioning is just on the outer layers of the midsole. This is likely just for more stabilization, but is still interesting to say the least, because Air Max generally features plastic pillars for stabilization, but this set-up uses foam instead. Photos below will also show the difference between a standard Air Max set-up with the plastic pillars, and the LeBron 17s setup.
The Nike LeBron 17’s heel Air Max comes in at about 161 mm in length, but will change a bit due to different sizes. Its width is 83 mm, while it is 27.6 mm thick.
The thickness of the forefoot is 23.5 mm thick, making the difference from the heel to the forefoot, or the shoe’s offset to be roughly only 4 mm thick. So, yes, the shoes do sit very high off the ground.