Nike Elite Series Basketball Shoes

It seems like the people over at Nike are starting to play with composites, the Nike limited edition Elite series will set you back between $200 – $250 dollars and is made using Carbon Fibre and Kevlar.

The shoe comes in three types, the LeBron 9 PS, Nike Kobe VII and Nike Zoom Hyperdunk each of them has a carbon fibre plate in the sole and a carbon fibre counter on the heal, which provides a tougher launching point for jumps and cuts. The yellow threads you will see on the side of the shoe are the Kevlar threads for the “flywire support system” which creates a tighter shoe with alomost no give. Originally, when Flywire was first created in 2008, Nike wanted to use Kevlar but were told by their vendors that U.S military contractors were buying almost all of it, meaning there wouldn’t be enough for Nike’s production runs.