In 2007, Nike took a chance with its SB Dunk skateboarding shoe, mashing together some of the best versions of the Dunk into a single pair of kicks. They called it the "What The Dunk" and expanded the concept to other shoes, including the LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant signature lines.
The LeBron XI "What The LeBron" takes eight design elements from some of LeBron's best signature shoes and combines them into one. It also includes 20 different colors and graphics from his past kicks. The tongue is a callback to the LeBron VIII, and other elements, like the map of Akron, Ohio, and the graffiti pattern, are taken from the LeBron V and IV, respectively.
The KD VI "What The KD" takes 35 graphics and colors from the plethora of KD VI colorways that dropped this NBA season and combines them. It isn't hard to see pieces of models like "Aunt Pearl" and "Marlyand Blue Crab" rolled into the shoe.
Click through the slideshow for a closer look at the design elements in each shoe. The LeBron XI "What The LeBron" drops May 31; and the KD VI "What The KD" will be available June 7, both through Nike.com.
- LeBron James