Nike basketball shoes are designed and constructed in a myriad of styles, hues, materials, and sizes. And they all are created to deal with the rigors that playing ball can bring to a shoe.All around the world, Nike basketball shoes can be found without trouble. Suburban malls and urban shopping centers alike normally keep all the current styles in stock. To be sure, sneaker aficionados know where the best sneaker shops and outlet malls are found to keep the collection up to date.Nike is known for designing, creating, and selling shoes that are specific to NBA players who have achieved a certain status in the game or who are superstars. Such player edition models include ones associated with current mega-stars as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James.For example, in 2011, the sportswear maker will sell the sixth version of Zoom Kobe Bryant, the eighth edition of the Air Max LeBron James, and the third incarnation of Zoom Kevin Durant. As in the past, each of these lines is expected to be released starting in late 2010 and continuing throughout 2011 in a variety of colors and patterns.However, it is the Air Jordan series, the signature hoops sneaker of Michael Jordan, that still remains the most popular and sought-after player model. 2010 saw the 25th anniversary of the shoe that started the player model craze and 2011 will see the next Air Jordan.Until the 1984-85 NBA season, Nike basketball shoes were not all that popular amongst professional players.
It had a niche, of course, but other brands, such as Converse and adidas, were as or more popular.It all changed with the first kicks from Michael Jordan, the Air Jordan. It came in more than one color combination, including one that was mostly black and red that caused Jordan to get fined each time he wore them in an NBA game.The Air Jordan II dropped the year following, which caused a sensation. Sneakers did not get updated each year. Although normal these days, it was not back then. Just on its own merit, AJ II was quite an innovative shoe. Being released so soon after the first model was bold.There certainly are other popular basketball shoe models from Nike with no player connection. Two such models include the HyperDunk and the HyperFuse shoes. The HyperDunk is lightweight, weighing 11.5 ounces. The HyperFuse is innovative due to its composite make-up, rendering it strong as well as light.Nike offers the NikeiD feature, which many sneaker lovers appreciate.
From either the web site or from an actual Nike store, customers can design and create their very own shoe to play ball in.Customers can choose specific color schemes for the sole, midsole, the swoosh, the laces, and heel. As well, special materials such as mesh, leather, suede, and more can be chosen and applied to any shoe for which they are available. Customers are often able to create a unique sneaker with colors, materials, and patterns perhaps unseen anywhere else. It all depends on the creativity, style, and individuality of each customer.