Despite the ‘cosmetic’ hiccup that delayed its initial launch, the Nike LeBron 12 has finally landed and we look at 12 ways it differs from previous models. From all the awesome new tech features to an unheard seven colorways being revealed at the time of its unveiling, the LeBron 12 is truly unique in more ways than one.
The new Megafuse material that makes up the upper of the shoe adds strength and durability, while also forming around your foot in a glove-like manner.
Hexagonal Zoom Air
Probably the most recognizable new feature with the LeBron 12, the all-new outsole features hexagon shaped pods with flex zones in between them to provide more precision and focused cushioning.
Unlike the LeBron 11, the hyperposite material is contained to just the lateral side and the collar, which aims to provide targeted support and protection when you might be looking to cross up your opponent.
If you look closely, you will notice that the Flywire support is not present throughout ALL the eyelets as has been the case on several previous models.
For the first time since the LeBron 9 Elite, we see a pull tab return once again on the back of the LeBron 12.
For this year’s model, the LeBron 12 features a full-length Phylon midsole which is lightweight, while at the same time providing much needed cushioning & stability. Previous models, such as the 11, featured Lunarlon cushioning in the midsole.
No Visible Air Unit...Again
Keeping with the theme of the 11 model, the LeBron 12 once again does not boast a visible air unit. If you think back though, the visible air unit was quite a prominent feature on LeBron models 7 through 10.
Showing Their Cards
Since when do you see an all-new model being unveiled and along with it comes six more colorways that will follow?! Definitely a first for us.
The new 12 model features LeBron’s logo on a large lace loop instead of the usual front-and-center tongue placement.
This will be the first LeBron to debut with a clear, icy sole. Judging by the looks of the the other six colorways, will we see a clear sole on every LeBron 12 iteration? How else do you expect them to show off the colorful Hexagonal Nike Zoom Air?!
Failure To Launch
While the “NSRL” colorway of the LeBron 12 was originally slated to launch on 10/11, it was announced on 10/1 that the release would be delayed due to ‘cosmetic’ issues that needed to be fixed. While the “NSRL” colorway still doesn’t have a set release date, the “HRT of a Lion” colorway was announced it was releasing today just three days ago. We definitely haven’t seen launch delays and reshuffling of colorways at the time of debut from previous LeBron signatures.
While the previous LeBron models focused on his power, the LeBron 12 is focusing on his explosive drive. When combining all these new features together we get the most ultra-responsive, but still powerful, LeBron shoe to date.