Nike Unveils Wild 'What the LeBron' 11 and 'What the KD' VI Shoes

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2014


It may be April Fools' Day, but Nike appears to be for real with its latest "What The" shoe designs.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant have two of the most recognizable sneakers on the market. When their latest shoes are released on May 31, they will be tough not to recognize.

On Tuesday, Nike introduced the "What the LeBron" 11 and "What the KD" VI shoes. Both pairs of sneakers are pretty wild.

The company gave some background details on both sets of "What The" shoes. Here's what it had to say about the LeBron 11:

For 2014, the LEBRON 11 "What the LeBron" remixes eight product design elements from past LeBron signature shoes, along with 20 different graphics and colors from previous editions. A cornucopia of inspiration, it features some of the most popular details rooted in innovation and storytelling, setting James’s shoes apart. You’ll see 28 different elements, from the tongue detailing of the LEBRON VII to the Akron map on the LEBRON V.

Take a look at the shoes:



Nike also detailed what went into the creation of the new KD VI:

The new KD VI "What The KD" melds 35 graphics and colors from all the past KD VI colorways. From the Maryland blue crab-inspired Swoosh, to the floral graphic of his late Aunt Pearl’s robe, this new shoe captures KD’s personal stories all in one.

Here's what the finished product looks like:



Which shoes look better, the "What the LeBron" 11 or the "What the KD" VI?

[Nike, h/t Darren Rovell]