Mar 20 2013 5:46PM

Nike Elite 2.0 Gets Suped Up

With their trio of superstars that play with otherworldly skill on the court, Nike is releasing footwear that befits the superpowers that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant display,

Following up the ELITE series that made its debut last year which featured more premium materials and construction, lighter weight and rugged protection, Nike is doing the same again with the ELITE 2.0. Typically found in body armor, Kevlar aramid keeps the foot sturdy with its high strength-to-weight ratio. Carbon fiber helps the shoe shed weight while offering same same strength and articulated foam gives good impact protection without sacrificing fit.

And with each signature shoe, Nike has a storyline of a superhero characteristic.

From Nike:

LEBRON X PS ELITE 2.0
Unstoppable Power

Forged by time, heat and pressure, the diamond inspires LeBron James's 10th Nike signature shoe. His elite version drafts off the rare Carbonado diamond, a virtually indestructible stone said to derive from an ancient supernova, the most explosive force in the universe. The shoe's bright citrus colorway and graphic collar lining capture James's unstoppable power.

The LEBRON X PS ELITE is designed to be stronger, offering the highest level of performance for James in the postseason. The shoe builds on the innovative advances of the LEBRON X and takes it to a new level with:

Carbon fiber-reinforced mid-foot wings for excellent lateral stability
Kevlar aramid-reinforced Nike Flywire technology for consistent lock-down through the midfoot
Kevlar aramid laces resist stretching for a more consistent fit
Articulated foam tongue provides impact protection and minimizes lace pressure

LeBron X PS ELITE 2.0

KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE: Deceptive Speed

Kobe Bryant often showcases the adept speed and precision of his on-court alter ego, the Black Mamba. The KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE is inspired by the lethal green pit viper snake and the x-ray vision emitted by its heat-sensing eyes. Bryant stays three steps ahead of his opponent with his keen vision. The KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE highlights Bryant’s power of deceptive speed with a poison green colorway and x-ray vision graphic on the collar lining.

The KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE is designed for precision footwork while offering:

Carbon fiber heel clip and shank for lightweight stability, quick cuts and jumps
Dynamic Flywire technology reinforced with Kevlar aramid to provide more consistent stability and lockdown
Articulated foam tongue provides impact protection and minimizes lace pressure
Kevlar aramid laces resist stretching for a more consistent fit
Phylon midsole and Nike Zoom technology providing consistent, responsive cushioning

KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE 2.0

KD V ELITE: Ultimate Control

Capturing Kevin Durant's thunderous power of ultimate control, the new low KD V ELITE debuts in a volt colorway, illuminated by the sharp glow of lightning bolts. The design speaks to Durant's versatility, shooting accuracy and finely-tuned court vision.

The re-engineered low-top silhouette offers a full range of motion for Durant’s playoff push. Additional enhanced technical highlights include:

Carbon fiber heel counter and shank provide lightweight stability for quick cuts
Dynamic Flywire technology reinforced with Kevlar aramid to provide more consistent stability and lockdown
Articulated foam tongue provides impact protection and minimizes lace pressure
Caged Nike Zoom unit in the heel for responsive cushioning and stability

KD V ELITE 2.0

All three ELITE 2.0 signature models will be worn by the respective players during the postseason and will be available for purchase at select retailers and at Nike.com on April 27.