Combining never-before-seen aesthetics with footwear technology designed to work with your foot, rather than against it, in a colorway that could only be inspired by one of basketballs most colorful characters — the Nike Kobe 9 Elite ($TBA; available February) is a shoe apart from any other. It uses Nike's Flyknit technology to make an upper that feels seamless, enhancing breathability, stretch, and support. Their Flywire technology helps provide additional support in the mid foot, loosening and tightening as your feet move. Lunarlon cushioning gives improved impact resistance, while keeping your feet anchored to the ground as you play.
Some shoe silhouettes never go out of style, but that doesn't mean they can't be made better with the addition of a bit of modern footwear technology — and the Nike Air Max Lunar 90 ($130) is proof. This classic shoe gets an update making the sole and upper more breathable, lightweight, and comfortable. The combination of a Lunarlon sole, a seamless upper, and a compression molded collar, lining, and tongue give these old-school kicks a touch of new-school ventilation, responsiveness, and wearability. Available now as a limited release in the original Air Max colorway, these shoes will soon be released in a series of other colorways to reflect the update.
Light up the slopes on your next nighttime run with the Nike LunarEndor QS Snowboard Boot ($TBA) thanks to the thirty LEDs implanted in each swoosh. They're powered by a built-in lithium ion battery, and controlled by a convenient power button in the boot's cuff, so you can decide when to switch them on and off. The technology doesn't stop at the lights though — they feature Lunarlon foam for a soft ride and improved impact resistance. They also have a customizable flex line system that lets you choose from three levels of stiffness, so you can optimize the ride for the park, the half pipe, or the backcountry. Available mid-December.