Jan 23 2013 1:18PM

Nike's All-Star Lineup

It's only fitting that Houston, which was the radio call sign for mission control for the space program and where this year's All-Star Game will take place, is where Nike will debut their trio of extraterrestrial-inspired signature shoes.

The LeBron X, Kobe 8 System 8 and KD V will each get the same treatment of alien specie, undiscovered planets and new constellations.

Nike Basketball All-Star Collection

LeBron X

From Nike: An indestructible force originating from fictional Nike Space Program (NSP) planet NSP-LJ6, LeBron James’ dominance was born from the volcanic surface in the planet’s mantle. He is rumored to have journeyed to earth on a meteor made of the galaxy's hardest substance – black diamonds. Technical benefits of the LEBRON X include full-length visible Nike Zoom cushioning, dynamic Flywire technology and Hyperfuse construction - a trilogy set to unleash its fury in Houston.

Kobe 8 System

Engineered to the specifications of Kobe Bryant’s Houston mission, with origins rooted on a planet marked as NSP-KB24. The Ice Mamba circles the volatile surface as guardian of the five rings. The wise veteran is known to strike with moves that leave his opponents frozen. Built for Bryant’s lightning speed and precision, the KOBE 8 SYSTEM is Nike+ Basketball enabled for the first time and this shoe also features Nike Zoom in the midsole insert. Nike Engineered Mesh upper and tactile traction complete the shoe.


Identified as Dark Matter, the biological and molecular breakdown of this figure remains a puzzle for scientists. Early readings of its origin, NSP-KD35, have sent back conflicting reports of a planet that is simultaneously solid, liquid, and gas – properties that make his game adaptable to any situation. Joining with Bryant for their quest to lead the West to victory, this KD V is designed to the specifications of Kevin Durant’s Houston mission. The KD V features the combination of Nike Zoom (forefoot) and Nike Air (heel) cushioning along with Hyperfuse upper and dynamic heel support.

Nike Sportswear Area 72 Collection

In addition to the All-Star performance collection, Nike Sportswear will be rolling out a five-shoe pack celebrating All-Star. The pack revolves a similar theme of extraterrestrial design and centers around "Area 72" a fictitious top secret facility in the outskirts of Houston. Emerging from it is five classic Nike models given the galactic treatment—space textures, reflectivity and glow-in-the-dark highlights. The five shoes in the collection include the Blazer Mid, Vandal, Lunar Force 1, Barkley Posite Max and Air Force Max 2013.

Each shoe will also feature the Nike-created Raygun character which is found on the tongue of each shoe in the collection.

The All-Star performance shoes will be worn on court by LeBron, Kobe and Durant during the All-Star Game and be available at retail on February 15 and the Nike Sportswear collection is available on February 14.