Nike\u2019s latest footwear collaboration with LeBron James lands later this month, and it\u2019s equipped with tools to perfectly balance the support and weight of the legendary baller in 2018. LeBron 16 will be available in Australia from September 29 through Nike\u2019s website and Footlocker.\r\n\r\nLeBron 16 introduces Battleknit 2.0, an evolved version of the knit featured on the LeBron 15. Its structure increases tensile strength for containing James\u2019 lateral force, and its elegant finish matches his style.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe knit team at Nike are geniuses,\u201d says Jason Petrie, Nike designer and James\u2019 long-time collaborator. \u201cI don\u2019t use that term lightly. They are mathematical artists and have created a new knit for the 16 that is strong enough to contain LeBron and successfully reduces any layers in the overall build that could slow him down.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLeBron 16\u2019s other selling point is its height. Following James\u2019 instructions, Petrie formed the shoe with a lower collar, which allows the athlete to move more freely. \u201cThe first thing we wanted to do was get a little lower in the cut of the shoe,\u201d says James. \u201cI wanted to get a little faster, ride a little bit closer to the court and be a little bit more dynamic.\u201d\r\n\r\nPetrie and team also added a new gusseted leather tongue, allowing for seamless entry into the shoe and broader styling choices off-court. Underfoot, a simple evolution of the Max Air cushioning platform introduced in the LeBron 15 supports James\u2019s dynamic desires.\r\n\r\n\u201cLeBron liked the cushioning so much last year that we just focused on refining it,\u201d says Petrie. \u201cFor this addition, we removed the tendril that connected the forefoot to the under-toe bag, and instead included an outrigger to create some additional support to complement the lower height.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn other Nike news, the sports brand collaborated with ACRONYM for three new Air Presto styles. Also, a champion athlete describes its new Flyknit runners at "perfect."\r\nCheck it out\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.